Reaction – Mick McCarthy sympathises with Ipswich Town fans’ frustrations

Town manager Mick McCarthy IS pictured walking off the pitch at the Ipswich Town v Huddersfield (Sky

Town manager Mick McCarthy IS pictured walking off the pitch at the Ipswich Town v Huddersfield (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 01 October 2016. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he has no complaints with supporters voicing their frustrations during today’s 1-0 home defeat to Huddersfield Town.

The Blues drew a blank in front of goal for the fourth successive game and have now netted just three times from open play in more than 1,000 minutes of action.

Centre-back Chris Schindler headed home from a 58th minute corner to decide another tight and uninspiring match on Suffolk soil, with the atmosphere turning poisonous for the first time this season.

Home fans cheered ironically at a late shot on target, boos greeted the final whistle and then there were chants of ‘what a load of rubbish’.

With Ipswich down to 16th in the Championship table, McCarthy said: “It was not a great game in general. We’ve not created much and I don’t think they have either. They hit the post after we gave the ball away from a throw-in, and we’ve let our guard down once from a corner kick and it’s cost us.”

With keeper Bartosz Bialkowski failing to control Luke Chambers’ header back it was a sloppy corner to concede too.

“It was,” said McCarthy. “And having done that the last thing you need to do is concede from it.”

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Asked about the frustrations voiced from the stands, he said: “I’m not surprised. It happens. We’ve not played as well as we could, or as we’d like. I think the crowd are getting frustrated and they’re venting their frustrations. I fully understand that.

“There’s not a great deal we can do about it really because I’m doing my job, obviously to the best of my ability at the moment, but if it’s not as good as the crowd think it should be, and if it’s unacceptable to them...

“I’ve no complaint about that because they’ve all paid their money and they’re not seeing what they want to see. I’m not happy about how we played myself.”

Asked if, throughout his time as a manager, he had ever had a team struggle to score goals as much as this, McCarthy said: “I can’t remember but I’m sure somebody will find it and source it if it has.

“We just weren’t very good with the ball in terms of creating chances. We’ve still got creative players on the pitch but we didn’t create any chances.”

Ipswich now have a two-week gap until their next league game, at Blackburn, due to an international break.

“In terms of hoping to get some players back (from injuries), that’s a good thing,” said McCarthy, who has the likes of Adam Webster, Tommy Smith, Jonny Williams, Luke Hyam, David McGoldrick and Brett Pitman sidelined at present.

“(Leon) Besty needs to recover, Reg (Varney) is not fit to play 45 or 60 minutes yet.

“But anything I say about that always appears to be an excuse and I’m not one for excuses. We’ve still got talented players on the pitch. I expect more from the ones we’ve got on the pitch.”

Asked what he would say to supporters who feel his team selection is too negative, he replied: “I’m certainly not going to sit here and explain all my reasons for picking the team that I did. I’m not going to sit here and justify my selection.”

He added: “It’s tough at the moment. I said to the lads it’s tough when people get in their ear-holes and start driving wedges and saying this is wrong and that’s wrong and everything else is wrong. To be fair it isn’t.

“The players are a good bunch of lads and we’ll make sure they stick together and keep their chins up and their chests out. They are very proud to be Ipswich players. It’s only us who can turn it around.

“They’ll get some time off to recover because the games do come thick and fast. When we come back it’s Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday. We’ve Blackburn away, which is hardly around the corner, then Burton at home, which is a huge game for us, then we are up to Newcastle, which is even less than just around the corner.”

Concluding his press conference, when asked if there had been any more injuries today, McCarthy replied: “Only me with a bit of a broken heart.”

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