Ipswich Town 5 Sunderland 2 reaction: Mick McCarthy hopes brilliant Blues will bring fans back
PUBLISHED: 23:15 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 00:13 27 September 2017
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy hopes tonight's 5-2 thrashing of Sunderland at Portman Road will get supporters believing in his side again.
Martyn Waghorn scored one (6) and then produced assists for Jordan Spence (27), Bersant Celina (55) and David McGoldrick (60), before Grant Ward put the icing on the cake (88) on a superb night.
The Blues are fifth in the Championship table, the division’s top-scorers with 19, have won six of their opening nine league matches and still have a game in hand.
It’s a remarkable turnaround following last season’s limp 16th-place finish and should boost dwindling attendances - again there was another sub 15,000 crowd inside Portman Road - starting with Saturday’s visit of Bristol City.
“It was a great,” said McCarthy, who started with an attacking 4-2-3-1 system which saw Waghorn, McGoldrick and Celina in support of Joe Garner.
“I don’t know what happened! We don’t score five do we? We don’t play that way. I really enjoyed it.”
He continued: “If that doesn’t enthuse the fans I don’t know what will.
“I’ve always tried to create an attacking team. I won the league at Sunderland with 4-4-2. We scored a lot of goals when I was at Wolves too. I got in the play-offs here. I’ve always tried to do it, but sometimes had to play with a means to an end. Now we’ve got a few more attacking players and different options.
“I thought they would play the likes of (Aiden) McGeady, (James) Vaughan and (Callum) McManaman and I just thought that Garner, Bersant, McGoldrick and Waghorn were be better than whatever front four they put out. Thankfully that’s how it turned out.
“You’ve got to have that security too and I thought (Cole) Skuesy was terrific and Tom Adeyemi too. It was a really good performance.
“We could have had more. They blocked one on the line and the keeper has made saves. It was an outstanding attacking performance.
“It won’t work every week, but it’s nice it worked tonight.”
He added: “I could bitch about Bersant giving the ball away and Didz doing it on the edge of our box too, but those two were brilliant. It would be remiss of me to moan, but I’ve done it anyway!
“Waggy has been unlucky to be out the team, to be fair, but what’s nice is he responded in the right way.
“I try to set teams up to win all the time and to play well.
“I’ve had entertaining, attacking sides in the past and I’ve had some pretty good success throughout my career.”
With Sunderland counterpart Simon Grayson coming under pressure following an eight-game winless run, the Blues boss jokingly added: “I had a really tough year last year and I thought it was a bit wrong of them for them to say ‘I’m getting sacked in the morning’ tonight! I didn’t like that.”