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Rock-bottom Peterborough are no ‘mugs’ warns Mick McCarthy

16:55 23 November 2012

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Ipswich v Peterborough: Mick McCarthy has warned his Town team not to underestimate East Anglian rivals Peterborough when the two sides clash at Portman Road tomorrow.

McCarthy on Leicester defeat

“I was determined after the Crystal Palace game (0-5) that it wouldn’t happen again – but it did. There’s one thing me saying I’m determined, but it doesn’t necessarily make it happen. It’s the players on the pitch when it’s all said and done.

We gave a stupid penalty away between the back four players and Hendo (Stephen Henderson) coming out. I don’t think he should have been anywhere near it or encouraged to come for it on a couple of occasions.

There were a couple of mistakes, it’s compounded by the penalty and then we’re chasing it. When we’ve got something to, not hang on to, but defend, like in the Birmingham and Burnley games, we’ve been far better.

When we’ve given something away, like at Palace and Leicester, then we’ve had problems. It does happen.

You can go out feeling great, but then you go out and concede one and the feeling of fragility returns about the place. When it’s a team that’s playing well, like Palace and Leicester, they get that break and suddenly they’re flying.”

Posh are bottom of the Championship having lost 13 of their 17 games, including four straight defeats against Sheffield Wednesday (1-2), Brighton (0-1), Crystal Palace (1-2) and Blackburn Rovers (1-4).

But the inconsistency nature of the second tier means Darren Ferguson’s side remain in close proximity to the sides above them – including third-bottom Ipswich.

And McCarthy believes Peterborough’s poor run of form has been rather misleading, saying: “The games I’ve seen – Blackburn I had a look at this morning and the game against Palace – there has not been a lot in their games, strangely enough.

“The league is like that. Conceding four against Blackburn looks dreadful, but for a lot of the game they were in it. They played okay.

“Against Palace they were winning up until the last eight minutes. Like all the teams in this league they have players who can compete. They’re not complete mugs, just like we aren’t, but we are both sides who give a goal away and then look fragile.

“On their day they could turn up, play football and give you problems. Like us they make mistakes though and it costs them.”

After Town’s 6-0 defeat at Leicester City last Saturday, McCarthy is looking for an instant response from his players.

He added: “We’ve got to focus on Peterborough now, let’s address that rather than the nonsense that went on last week.

“Somebody has just said to me that Darren Ferguson has described it as huge and in my programme notes I’ve described it as exactly the same.

“I guess that both sides have been hoping to keep it tight all season. Every team that turns up wants to keep it tight – that’s a prerequisite.

“We’ve done it in two of the games (Birmingham and Burnley). In two games we’ve looked solid, but in the other two we’ve made mistakes and been picked off. I bet if Darren Ferguson, if he was sat here, would say exactly the same about his team.

“It could be a 0-0 draw or a 5-5 draw after that spiel.”

8 comments

  • now that we have got a first class manager, i hope that the governing pair support mick and provide the money for mick to buy and get this once proud and great club out of the present day mess they are in, had Clegg and Evans listerned to the supporters way back the situation would not have been so bad,things will be very hard for mick with what players he inherited and he certainly needs to have one big clearout and bring in some fresh faces to restore this once great club to its former status, if mr Evans wants top class football at his club then he needs to put his hands into his pockets and provide the cash for mick to do the first class job he is capible of

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    pedro

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • DID MICK MEAN TO SAY ( THEY'RE NOT COMPLETE MUGS ..JUST LIKE WE ARE ) ????

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Why is it that rubbish sides are, in football parlance, 'inconsistent'? Posh, in managing to lose 13 out of 17 are not only remarkably consistent - they are outstandly bad too - in marked contrast to Mick the Man's verbal diarrhoea. By staying in touch with such a poor side Town have been consistently awful too - or had you not noticed?

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • bet that statement fills you with confidence.

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    clever canary

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Strange but "clever canary" (that's a laugh) and the two persistent negative whingers are the only commenters, you're so sad boys, or girls perhaps!

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    threenewknees

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Oh wow, we do get some lousy crack-pots comment on here don't we. Either, support the team or don't bother commenting because quite frankly fans are fed up of coming on here and hearing your trash. McCarthy is right to say 'do not underestimate Peterbrough' because a lot of fans and probably players will think, home, 3 points, come on. Which, funny enough, has been a problem in the past at home to the smaller teams. Oh and P.S, I'm suree clever canaray feels extremely proud to comment on here.

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    Paul The Alien

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • 3 comments..all from Norwich fans. What a surprise. Have you really nothing better to do? How sad.

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    Kuqicoo

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Empty empty words from mccarthy we are so used to these from the last 3 managers its got the norm at portman road. These are sad sad days indeed when he is worried about bottom club Peterborough playing at portman road after 4 successive defeats by them. Play-offs are never spoken about any more since these 3 clowns took over and its just about surviving in the poor old tired championship which is the only issue.

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    ged scott

    Friday, November 23, 2012

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