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Saturday, 31st August 2013 Kick-off 15:00
McCarthy: Feels Like a Defeat
Saturday, 31st Aug 2013 18:28

Boss Mick McCarthy admitted he felt like Town had been beaten after the Blues’ 1-1 draw at Birmingham. The Town manager was delighted with his team’s performance.

“I feel like we’ve been beaten,” he admitted. “I thought we were excellent all round, I thought we deserved to win.

“I’ve been banging on about it not being bad luck when we’ve lost games, against Leeds, for example, it’s been down to four or five tiny little errors.

“But that was bad luck today, we came up a goalkeeper who was in outstanding form and they’ve had a get out of jail free card. I hope we get a slice of luck like that at some stage.”

Birmingham keeper Darren Randolph made a succession of fine saves and McCarthy feels he was a bargain free transfer for the Midlanders: “On that performance, absolutely, very good, terrific.”

The Blues boss was pleased to see Christophe Berra net in his first Town league start, his first goal in English football, having failed to score during his four years with McCarthy’s old club Wolves.

“Berra’s excellent, he’s been terrific, he’s a really good defender and I was delighted to get him in on a free transfer,” the Blues manager said.

“He’ll add to the squad and he’s got a goal, and so he should as well, he’s good and he attacks the ball. I know he never scored one [for me at Wolves], we did mention that yesterday.”

After conceding Chris Burke’s goal, which appeared to deflect off Cole Skuse, McCarthy admits he was concerned that his team might end up falling to a defeat: “There’s always that when you see one spooning over the goalkeeper like that, you’re hoping you’re not going to get another dose of it. Thankfully we didn’t.”

Regarding the late penalty call when David McGoldrick was felled not far outside the area, the Blues boss wasn’t sure: “I don’t know if it was a penalty, no idea, they’re saying it was on the line. They’re all looking at it I wasn’t sure, I didn’t think we were getting one.”

McCarthy says there has still been no interest Aaron Cresswell, but reiterated that he couldn’t confirm that the left-back – one of Town’s star performers at St Andrew’s – would still be here once the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Monday.

“I haven’t said that, I’ve said that if somebody offers us a shedload of money and he wants to go and it’s enough, he’ll go,” he said.

“I’m not saying that [he’s definitely staying] because I’ll make myself look a chump if I say that and the deal’s right for everybody because that’s what football is.

“Of course, we don’t want him to go, we want him to stay. Who knows? But I don’t think there’s anything happening between now and Monday.

“I keep saying that I think he’s the best in the league, that’s there to be argued by everybody else, but that’s how I think of him and I think he can play in the Premier League.”

He added: “We’ve never had any interest, it’s only you guys [the press] who are interested.”

Regarding Josh Carson who has been on trial at Hibernian this week, McCarthy says no deal is likely to go through even if the SPL side want him with the Scottish transfer window closing at 11pm tonight: “They could be in trouble because I don’t think our secretaries will be in tonight doing that one!”

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Coco added 18:35 - Aug 31
1-1defeat eh Phil?
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tractor57 added 18:41 - Aug 31
What a joke. Had all pre season to sort this crap out & it's more of the same! Gonna be a mediocre season.... Again! Nothing to look forward to out of the cup already. I dunno. I guess with no money then this is all we can expect for the foreseeable future! Poor poor show!
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kuyski added 18:43 - Aug 31
Actually!Still need a TERMINATOR!!!
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tractor57 added 18:45 - Aug 31
At least under keanne we had a cup run! Not that I'm defending keanne he was truly awful! Lol.
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Mark added 18:45 - Aug 31
If only we could push on from a 1-0 lead. There seems a certain inevitability that the opposition will get chances and put one away in the second half, as happened again today.

Berra didn't score in 141 league appearances for Wolves, so a goal from his first league start is a great start for him at Ipswich. I understand Mick wanting to fit Berra in, although I feel a bit sorry for Chambers being pushed to right-back.

Goals are still my big worry. I like McGoldrick and the defence will get a few, but as I have written before Nouble and Murphy has poor scoring records, as do our entire midfield.
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NoCanariesAllowed added 19:01 - Aug 31
Title takes the words out of my mouth. We should have been at least 2-0 if not 3-0 up by half time, and to end up with the single point is very unsatisfying.

With the exception of the 10mins after their goal out of nothing (and another damn deflection at that), Birmingham were dire. It's a real shame, because their equaliser came at a time that we were playing some lovely confident flowing football, Cresswell, Tunnicliffe and McGoldrick causing them constant trouble.

While I do feel we've been unlucky so far this season, these deflected goals wouldn't be hurting us if we had the bigger lead that we probably deserved.

Still very underwhelmed by Nouble. The frustration with him personally was palpable throughout the away end today. Have to be patient with him but how long is he going to need before he actually starts showing his worth?
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Hegansheroes added 19:04 - Aug 31
Does McCarthy actually have a clue about tactics, wish some one would come in and try to get him. Always thought he was an idiot even when manager of Eire.
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Garv added 19:17 - Aug 31
NoCanariesAllowed - what worth?
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ChrisMakin2012 added 19:23 - Aug 31
If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
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blueylee added 19:31 - Aug 31
rubbish. if we had a goalscorer and we would of won this. same against leeds. 5 points dropped from the last 2 games. get a goalscorer
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PSGBlue added 19:32 - Aug 31
Six games and only one goal from an out an out striker - this is where the problem lies. To be fair to MM, our defence has stopped leaking goals - all credit for fixing the mistakes of PJ. But until our owner is prepared to put his hand in his pocket and pay 2 M for a striker then we will continue to struggle.

A mid to lower finish in the league yet again looms unless funding is forthcoming.
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Telford_Blue added 19:40 - Aug 31
Was there today. We played them off the park... Nothing tactically inept, the team was shaken up, some new starts (Berra, tunnicliffe, nouble and gerken) who all looked good, Mcgoldrick could have had a hatful and I think will score 20+ this season if he stays injury free. I massively have the faith after today... But from reading some of these posts if we had the combination of guardiola, villas boas, wenger, ferguson and mourinho managing us we would still be tactically inept! How many points did people think we have after four games? 12???? Mm is the best manager we have had since the glory days of GB and the inter Milan days! On today's performance I will be making the 280 mile round trip to Portman Road more often this season as the work rate, chances created and football if replicated will be worth the journey!!!!
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billlm added 19:43 - Aug 31
were average joe no more, we should accept our standing in this league lots of minuses coming but im not far out,
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Walk_the_Wark added 19:54 - Aug 31
Telford= deluded
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Bobby_Petta added 20:05 - Aug 31
I Agree with the other posts, can't see where the goals are coming from, Our midfield is lacking creativity, we need another Jim Magilton in the middle to pull the strings and a couple of pacey wingers. I think Mcgoldrick is a decent player needs someone along side him, Bill sharp would be my choice. Would like to see Paul Taylor given a chance maybe try him on the wing as he has the ability to go pass someone. I think Mick has had one hand tired behind his back, with the lack of money, Think what Keane and Jewell wasted, my only criticism is he has brought to many defensive midfielders. Don't think we can expect to much then a middle table finish. Hegansheroes who do think can do a better job than Mick? sorry but if it wasn't for him, we would be in League 1. We need the chairman to give him some cash!
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gixxeral added 20:16 - Aug 31
Telford Blue nailed it. Good report, forget the doomsday boys. Ipswich will be alright this season
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h32 added 20:34 - Aug 31
Telford Blue and Gixxeral - admire your optimism (if that's what it is ) - but the old saying is; 'proof of the pudding is in the eating' - time and results will tell the true tale .

'Alright' - is playing Football at Portman road to some people (at whatever level) - some of us expect MORE.
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Michael11 added 20:44 - Aug 31
I have faith we'll turn it around but how many times can we just throw results out the window and call ourselves unlucky? We can say we're not taking our chances, but our midfielders are Tunnicliffe, Hyam, Skuse and Tabb. Not one of them are attack minded players. We need midfielders who have an eye for goal massively.
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GFH added 20:47 - Aug 31
Its amazing how everybody has so quickly forgotten what MM & TC done for us last season in turning us around, that really pisses me off. Ok I know its a new season and by now we should be getting much better results we are just lacking in front of goal, if we can sort that we will be much harder to beat.
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warktheline added 21:06 - Aug 31
Well said Telford.Two home games coming up now.At least 4 points will be banked there.MM will soon have us grinding up the table.
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Skip73 added 21:22 - Aug 31
OK, So we've had a poor start but performances are encouraging. I'm sure we'll start pushing up the table before too long, but we're not going to be top 6, maybe top 8. Look at Bolton's start - rock bottom, but they won't be down there too long either. You usually get a few teams in false positions at the end of August, so no need to panic......yet.
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ChrisMakin2012 added 21:33 - Aug 31
One win in five but it's OK we "should" of had a hat full.

Sign a goalscorer or another year of mediocrity.
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Walk_the_Wark added 21:44 - Aug 31
Yes MM + TC kept us up. But NO they are not the future. I want to see attacking intent and the ball played on the ground.... We will not get this with this management. Keep on saying it....
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PhilTWTD added 21:45 - Aug 31
Oops, 1-1 draw, Freudian slip.
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Blue041273 added 21:48 - Aug 31
Away point is always good. 23 points away from home leaves us with a home target of 48 in order to make top 2/6. This is still achievable. Until this is impossible let's keep a perspective.
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