“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!”
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.