Reaction: McCarthy pleased with Ipswich Town’s 1-1 draw with Utrecht

Terry Connor and Mick McCarthy watch the action.

Terry Connor and Mick McCarthy watch the action. - Credit: Archant

Mick McCarthy declared himself satisfied with a 1-1 draw against Dutch side Utrecht at Portman Road, ahead of the Championship opener at Brentford next Saturday.

David McGoldrick’s penalty equaliser with almost the last kick of the game, cancelled out Sebastien Haller’s first half opener for the very skilful Eredivisie side.

McCarthy, who confirmed after the game, that he signed trialists Larsen Toure and Giles Coke, said: “I thought it was a really good game, a good competitive game against a very technically gifted, good side, who were keeping the ball well.

“I thought we made a great start then conceded a pretty poor goal. It was a ball into the box that we should have defended better, but we shouldn’t have allowed to be crossed in the first place,

“Then they were playing 3-5-2 and we were trying to press them but they were keeping the ball. I changed it to 4-3-3 and we got to grips with them and sorted it out much better in the second half.”

McCarthy also reserved praise for McGoldrick and admitted his technical ability stood out.

“It just showed that Didzy has that bit of magic. They are saying it wasn’t a penalty but the ref said it was,” McCarthy added.

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“It was interesting, I made the subs and had David, Skusey (Cole Skuse), Kevin Bru, Pits (Brett Pitman) and Cokey (Giles Coke) all on the pitch at the same time.

“They are really good footballers, who drop in and play and we weren’t trying to stretch it. It was interesting to watch.”

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