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McCarthy’s solid start is among Ipswich Town best

09:31 24 January 2013

Mick McCarthy

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HAVING lifted the gloom among Blues fans, Mick McCarthy has brought the feel-good factor back to Ipswich, making one of the most impressive starts to a tenure at Portman Road.

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The former Republic of Ireland boss has accrued 25 points from his first 15 games in charge of the Blues, a record only bettered – based on three points for a win – by Sir Alf Ramsey (28 points from 15 games) and the club’s first professional boss, Mick O’Brien (32 points from 15 games).

Should McCarthy continue in this fashion, beginning on Saturday at bottom-club Bristol City, the Blues will put a 13-point gap between themselves and the Robins and take a further step towards safety.

However, Town go into the game as the lowest scorers in the Championship (28) and with the worst goalscoring record away from home (11). The Blues are desperate for a new hero to step up to the mark.

With DJ Campbell looking set to join promotion-chasers Hull City, Town look set to miss out on the striker who plundered 10 goals for the club in a highly-successful loan spell earlier in the season.

Daryl Murphy is the next most prolific striker, having bagged five goals, while Michael Chopra has scored three.

But, perhaps more telling is the contribution from the rest of the team, especially the midfield, who have contributed just three goals between them this season.

Guirane N’Daw, Luke Hyam and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas have scored just one goal apiece, with last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to strugglers Barnsley highlighting the need for more creativity in the team.

One possible solution could be Richie Wellens, another player who enjoyed a run of games on loan at Portman Road, earlier in the season.

The 32-year-old, who played seven times for Town, after being signed by previous boss Paul Jewell, is back to full fitness after injury and looks set to go out on loan in the next couple of days.

The midfield man is attracting interest from several Championship clubs and it is thought he will have a choice of five teams – although Town have yet to register an interest.

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3 comments

  • Yeah....Blimey Ted, are you standing in for Steroo on this one? Can't believe we haven't heard from him on this one. 'Mick the Man' is doing well so far and not me ,you or Rob Positive know what happens now. Maybe we're on the up, maybe we're not, BUT so far ,so good....so why the negative comments all the while? Could be so much worse...we could still be bottom or we could have only a point from 18, now thats form for relegation! COYB

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    GorlestonBoy

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • So what. Paul Jewell accrued 24 points from his first 15. The players put some effort in for a bit and then in 2 years time we'll be back to square one.

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    Ted Maul

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Blimey Ted. In 2 years we will be back to square one. That's 2 years longer than it has taken in the past so I will go with that one : )

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    bristan

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

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