MANAGERS’ REACTION: Mick McCarthy praises his side’s performance after Blackburn grab a scrappy winner

Saturday, February 9, 2013
6:52 PM

Blackburn v Ipswich: BLUES boss Mick McCarthy praised his side’s performance after a scrappy second-half goal sealed a 1-0 win for Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and plunged Town back towards the relegation zone.

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Town are now just one point and one place above the Championship drop zone, but – with only 10 points separating the bottom 10 teams – McCarthy is refusing to let his emotions change from week-to-week.

Ex-Town striker Jordan Rhodes is claiming the deciding goal, which arrived just before the hour mark, insisting he got the last touch and that the ball crossed the line before Aaron Cresswell hacked clear.

Replays are not conclusive though and it could well go down as an own goal after the cleared ball cannoned off the back of keeper Stephen Henderson’s head to find the back of the net.

“I thought we were the better team until they scored,” said McCarthy. “But goals change the course of games and performances.

“To concede the way we did, from a corner kick, was pretty galling. We didn’t clear it out properly and Hendo gets an own goal – he heads in the back of his own net. That makes it even worse.

“We then maybe have to throw a bit of caution to the wind, which we did. I thought we had some good chances at the end and I was pleased with the performance to be honest with you.

“I can’t ask for any more effort. It’s just a case of putting the chances away when they come your way.

“Barnsley scored against us late on to take two points off us, Bristol City scored in the last minute to beat us. You just have to find that finish from somewhere.”

Barnsley, Bolton, Bristol City and Peterborough all won today, while Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves both drew.

Asked if he felt his side had enough spirit to beat the drop, McCarthy said: “You’ve seen that already and you know that’s the case. You’ve seen that out there today – that performance was full of it.

“We’ve just conceded by defending badly from a corner kick, that’s all. There was nothing wrong with the performance at all.”

Rovers boss Michael Appleton said: “It was Jordan Rhodes’ goal. Grant Hanley prodded it towards goal, but Jordan had the last touch on the ball before Cresswell tried to clear it. If you had Hawkeye it would tell us whether it was over the line or not before the clearance, but it’s difficult to tell when you look back on the DVD.

“I’m sure he’ll get the reward of the goal. To be honest I couldn’t care less, but from Jordan’s point of view he wants the record (equals club-record of scoring in seven straight league games).”

He added: “They beat Middlesbrough 4-0 last week so we knew it was going to be a tough game. A lot of the game both sides cancelled each other out.

“Sometimes you just have to grind things out. I thought we were much, much better second half and the change gave us a lift. DJ Campbell gave us an added threat.

“I keep banging on about how clean sheets give you the best chance of winning football matches and the players are starting to really, really understand why I keep saying it now.”

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis, comment and more reaction.

29 comments

  • I agree MM, you have to find the finish from somewhere and yet I understand the club paid off Scotland who has now found the net three times in three games for Barnsley, a team we are competing with for survival. Not as bad as letting Rhodes but still very perplexing for us supporters and if Barnsley survive and we don't it could really turn out to be a very expensive mistake.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Sterroo talking about Verbal diarrhoea..that's rich coming from the worse one on here for suffering with it.

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    graham smith

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • So MM doesnt think we need more up front, I hope he is rigfht but can not see it.l

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • MacAttack 0 (again) Scotland 1 (again) What a pity No Loans destroys what little credibility he had left when jumping on the gravy train at Offshore Investment FC by resorting to verbal diarrhoea.... on top of his plethora of pointless loans

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Andrew Mehan - you seem to be overlooking the fact that our own match would have been a 'snore draw' had our loanee goalkeeper not managed to find a awy to put the ball in his own net ????? Or did one of the many we let get away get the final touch ???? Either way I long for the heady days of snore draws - not to mention a goal difference that at least hinted we maybe kept the odd clean sheet once in a while - but that's just the old romantic in me !!!!

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    Old Timer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Can we all agree on one thing, perhaps? A player is only let out on loan of he is not good enough to play in his club's first 11 or first team squad, say 16 of the club's best players. Then one must assume that a team comprising mainly loan players is a team made up of players not good enough to compete with the other teams in the league? Hence we are not, in the long term, going to be able to compete with most teams in the Championship given our team and squad make up. Sadly, relegation is the logical outcome.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • As one of those accused of always 'banging on about Scotland' it gives me no great pleasure to be proved right as I truly fear for Town now. But it does show what many of us have called the folly of too many loans - when you pay up the contract of one of your own players to enable him to go to one of your rivals. In 3 appearances now Jason has got the winning goal on each occassion - & is rewarding the belief that a manager has at last shown in him. On a day when all talk is of Keaane letting Rhodes go cheaply I truly hope that a worse mistake has not been committed by McCarthy in effect giving one of most loyal players to one of our closest rivals ?????

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    Old Timer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Blueandtrue since 1962 ... I admire your optimism but why on earth do you think that underfunded and asset-stripped Offshore Investment FC would take division 3 by storm? Logic dictates that the club would sink like a stone. However I do agree that a harsh dose of reality with a well-earned relegation would be excellent therapy for the appalling people in charge of the club and get deluded supporters yearning for the good old days of a decade of mediocrity in division 2. Yet despite Yorkshire Jewell's gruff mismanagement I suspect Town will finish 6 to 8 points clear of the drop... with the EADT left to trumpet about the fabulous signings and wondrous rebuilding that will be achieved with 'hungry young players'.... again.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Old Timer, and this old timer, have both been "banging on" about Jason for a long time, but we have now. very dramatically, been proved right, he couldn't do much better than three goals in his first three games. He would certainly have been better for us than Chopra who is in a real mess. Presumably MM never had a chance to see Jason's potential. I hope that was the case and not that he just couldn't recognise it. And see what it has cost us. A real struggle to stay up now. But well done Jason, it's nice to be proved right, eh Old Timer?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • How can it be described as a good performance by Town if we didn't manage a shot on target !

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    gaz man gaz

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I just want to know who is going to score the goals to keep us up? We need a regular goalscorer not strikers that score one goal every six games - and that against the league's most out of form club. Stats are looking worrying - one win in the last six league games

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    carlton bott

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Ged, you didn't predict that Mick M's appointment would be disastrous - you want it to be. Sadly for you the facts don't bare out your facile comments.Look at the Beeb website's rating of all 92 EPLFootball League managers results this season.Prior to the Blackburn game McCarthy was 26th out of 92.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Can someone at Archant give Ged his medication and settle him down? All the excitement of City's 0-0 snore draw has made him log on to the wrong website again. Hush now, son, hush.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • The strikers are not getting any service edwards had a poor game again today. I can understand Scotland scoring for Barnsley when they came to PR last month they should have scored at least 5 as they were creating chances all the time Scotland is just feeding off that service, we have none at present, even the 4 against a poor middlesborough side were not created by the midfield that is were we are completing lacking a source of someone feeding the strikers, we get that right and the two up front will get plenty of goals.

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    finchk702

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Thanks Old Timer - I so hope that I am wrong but a part of me is feeling that a 'rousing' season in League One to rebuild our team, our confidence and our fan base - could be the best thing in the long run. I know many have counselled against such thoughts but I am thinking too of our young supporters and family supporters - what we really want is to cheer our team to victory and to enjoy an action packed Saturday (win) with family and friends at Portman Road and afterwards. Yes, I really think a season taking League One by storm would rejuvenate us all - oh how I long to see us high in the table - maybe in the top three all season, with 25,000 plus coming to Portman Road to watch a team doing what we did before in 6061 and 6162 after coming up from Division 3 South. Maybe this is too controversial - but like preparing for the death of a member of the family who has been sick for many years - this could be the best for all concerned?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Andrew - we none of us know who Rob & Ged are - so have to give them the benefit of the doubt & regard them as disgruntled Ipswich fans. Lets face it we all have plenty to be disgruntled about at the moment. Like many others I have condemned the reliance on loans & Blue & true since 62 makes a very good point on this. However on the occassions we do get things right equally I like to give praise where applicable. As regards Narch I like many have given their supporters a hard time over the years & have to accept that in turn they will crow when they look at our current plight.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Says our friend from oop North but from t'other side of the Pennines: ''You’ve seen that out there today – that performance was full of it'' There's a couple of letters missing there somewhere, Mick.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • I predicted that mccarthys appointment would be disastrous for the town and that is being proved 100% correct. Another ridiculous statement where he praises a side that never could muster one shot on goal and had a dismal display, just goes to show the mindset of the man. Just 1 point off relegation with the worst goal average and played the most games, town looked doomed for relegation. So Crewe etc beckon town fans, so better get the map out to see where Yeovil is, that is if they can be bothered to watch even more inferior opposition than this seasons pathetic teams!!!

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    ged scott

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • MacAttack 0 (again) Scotland 1 (again) What a pity No Loans destroys what little credibility he had left when jumping on the gravy train at Offshore Investment FC by resorting to verbal diarrhoea.... on top of his plethora of pointless loans

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Is this the same Steroo who berated ITFC for signing in his words a"has been" when J Scotland signed.Do yourselves a favour and do not publish any more of his rubbish

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    neil owen

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Can't speak for you, Old Timer, but I'm heartily sick of a Norwich supporter who still has nothing to good to say about his own side, despite their nose bleed inducing position, using this site to attempt to antagonise Town fans. I'll keep challenging his and Steroo's constant waffle until someone at the EADT has the good sense to block them.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Andrew - we none of us know who Rob & Ged are - so have to give them the benefit of the doubt & regard them as disgruntled Ipswich fans. Lets face it we all have plenty to be disgruntled about at the moment. Like many others I have condemned the reliance on loans & Blue & true since 62 makes a very good point on this. However on the occassions we do get things right equally I like to give praise where applicable. As regards Narch I like many have given their supporters a hard time over the years & have to accept that in turn they will crow when they look at our current plight.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • praise when you lose, the mind boggles, by the way the bottom 3 all won.

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    clever canary

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Oh Rob, maybe I am dreaming - but without dreams, and hope and ambition where would we all be?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Sterroo talking about Verbal diarrhoea..that's rich coming from the worse one on here for suffering with it.

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    graham smith

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • So MM doesnt think we need more up front, I hope he is rigfht but can not see it.l

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Sadly on the evidence of repeated inconsistent and poor performances there is one really likely outcome facing us all; it is clear that players are only let out on loan of they are not good enough to play in their own club's first 11 or first team squad, say 16 of the club's best players. Then we must assume that a team comprising mainly loan players is a team made up of players not good enough to compete with the other teams in the league? Hence we are not, in the long term, going to be able to compete with most teams in the Championship given our team and squad make up. Despite this we must now build with what is our own – build for the future – blood in our own young talent with the experience we have – and then push on next season in the Championship or more realistically in League One (sadly).

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • One change from the 4-0 appears to have destroyed our confidence..... The game is about commanding the pitch - we failed to do this and one error caused the goal the defeated us..... Who scored the goal? Henderson or Rhodes, makes little difference whom but both could have been considered transfer mistakes

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • John Burls - there is of course some satisfaction in being proved right - though like you I'd rather not see town in their present plight. My point regarding Scotland is that he was never given an extended run in the side - yet whenever given a chance he never let us down. He took a pay cut to stay here - yet saw himself fall further & further down the pecking order as more transient loanees brought in. The damage was done by Jewell who picked his teams purely on how well they done in training - whereas JS has confirmed that in meaningful games he is a real danger. Unffortunately MM compounded the mistake by assuming his friend Jewell must have been right & Jason was again overlooked. If you show faith in a player they will do their best to reward that faith & this is what JS is doing at Barnsley. By paying up his contract & allowing him to join one of our rivals merely demonstrates that McCarthey did not rate Jason - which has to go down as a major error of judgement & one that may well come back to haunt him. Even if JS doesn't get another goal for Barnsley he has already earned them enough points to get back in touch with the rest of the division & give the team a confidence boost for the run in. As regards Town our only win in the last 6 is against a Boro side in freefall & we are just one point of the relegation places. Given that we have the worst goal difference in the whole league this is hardly a buffer as it would negate that one precious point we have if caught by any of the teams below.

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    Old Timer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

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