max temp: 3°C

min temp: 0°C


‘I never said we’d stop trying’ - McCarthy still thinks play-offs are out of reach despite Wednesday win

PUBLISHED: 22:46 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 23:03 06 March 2018

As passionate as ever - Mick McCarthy celebrates the win at Hillsborough Picture Pagepix

As passionate as ever - Mick McCarthy celebrates the win at Hillsborough Picture Pagepix

Pagepix Ltd 07976 935738

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy still thinks the play-offs are out of reach despite tonight’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Martyn Waghorn celebrates his second half goal at Hillsborough Picture Pagepix Martyn Waghorn celebrates his second half goal at Hillsborough Picture Pagepix

Martyn Waghorn ended his 15-game goal drought in style by scoring twice, a close-range opener (51) and sublime free-kick winner (83) coming either side of Lucas Joao’s leveller (69).

Back-to-back away victories have moved the Blues back into the top-half of the Championship table. The gap to the sixth-spot has narrowed to seven points with a game-in-hand to play.

With home matches against Sheffield United (Saturday) and Hull City (Tuesday) coming up, McCarthy said: “It’s two really good wins at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday. Having missed the Hull game (postponed last Saturday due to the snow) I was asked would it affect us and I said I hope not. And it didn’t.

MORE: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town: Waghorn brace secures back-to-back wins for Blues

“I ruled out the play-offs (after a draw at Norwich), but I never said we’d pack up and stop trying to win games and to get there. I still think it’s too much.

“Seven points behind with a game in hand you say? Let’s hope we win the game in hand...”

Town are now unbeaten in nine games at Hillsborough, while McCarthy remains unbeaten at the home of the Owls during 26 years of management.

“It would appear so,” joked McCarthy, when it was put to him that he clearly likes coming to the iconic South Yorkshire stadium. “I certainly enjoyed that tonight.

“I think overall we deserved to win. It was a right royal scrap in the first half. We didn’t allow them to play when for the last few years they have passed it around and made the pitch big. I thought we stopped that, we matched them in every department and probably shaded it.

MORE: Recap the action with Waghorn at the double to win it for Blues after Joao leveller

“I know Bart (Bialkowski) has made a save with his face, it’s hit him in the kipper, but he kept it out the net which he’s pretty good at. Second half we’ve been the better team. It’s great to see Waggy get his goals and the second one was real quality. I think we deserved it overall.”

Asked if he thought Waghorn – now on 12 goals for the season – could hit the net regularly again, McCarthy said: “I sincerely hope so. I was getting growly at him in the first half because he shot from 30 yards and snatched at another one. He was getting frustrated, so hopefully he can calm down a bit and play his game.”

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Did you hear about the Mick McCarthy press conference? He walked into the room, sat down, and apologised profusely to the loyal fans of Ipswich Town, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Defender Jordan Spence has insisted he and his team-mates will never stop giving their all for manager Mick McCarthy.

A fortnight for the fog to clear – but unfortunately it doesn’t look like Ipswich Town fans are going to get the full clarity they need.

In his latest Ipswich Town column, Karl Fuller pens an open letter to Blues owner Marcus Evans...

Ipswich Town defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has been called up to the United States squad for their friendly with Paraguay during the international break.

Jordan Spence was disappointed he and the rest of the Ipswich Town defence were unable to deal with the threat of towering striker Milan Djuric as they slipped to defeat at Ashton Gate.

Match highlights from Ipswich Town’s 1-0 defeat away at Bristol City.

Ipswich Town could look to bring Jordan Rhodes back to the club on loan in the summer, according to reports in the national press.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24