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McCarthy to Have a Word With Lawrence About Needless Bookings
Friday, 17th Feb 2017 06:00

Blues boss Mick McCarthy says he’ll be having a word with Tom Lawrence about picking up yellow cards for dissent, the 10-goal Town top scorer having received his 10th booking of the season and therefore a two-match suspension for talking back to referee Roger East during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.


The 23-year-old Welshman - one of six Blues cautioned at the Amex which means the club will be fined £5,000 - misses Saturday’s home game with Leeds and next Sunday’s East Anglian derby against Norwich at Carrow Road.

“I had a word before and I’ll be having a word again,” McCarthy said. “It’s just daft and it’s our loss, of course.

“Let’s hope it’s not such a big loss and somebody else comes in, it’s a challenge for somebody to come in and score goals and play as well as Tom has done because he’s been outstanding. It’s a big loss for us.”

One of Freddie Sears, Brett Pitman or Kieffer Moore - who would be making his full Town debut - will replace Lawrence against the Whites on Saturday.

“We’ve got Fred and Pits and we’ve also got Kieffer, who I think has done really well whenever he’s been on the pitch,” McCarthy reflected. “He gives us something else, a different dimension to the game.

“And he’s a threat, it’s difficult to deal with that kind of a player if he’s in the box and you put crosses in. He’s certainly a threat at freekicks and corners.

“We’ve got the finishing and craft and guile of Pits, we’ve certainly got pace and legs with Freddie and we’ve got a real physical presence with Kieffer.”

McCarthy has been pleased with the way the members of his squad currently out of the side have taken being omitted.

“Yes. they’re all fine,” he said. “None of them will be as happy or as content now because they’re not playing but that does me no harm at all.

“Having them walk around and being all nicey-nicey to me and laughing and joking, that’s not going to happen, but being out of the team you want them to be focused on getting back in and when they do get back in on playing well.

“[I’ve now got] a lot of players around [and] I’ve been able to leave people out, whereas when I had 12 players I couldn’t.

“I think sometimes it’s almost a relief for some players when it’s not been going well, they’re in a team which has not been playing well, we’re getting a bit of grief and it’s ‘I’m all right, I want to play’.

“But then they get left out and it’s ‘Phew’. Somebody else comes in, we win a couple of games and they come back in when the team’s playing well and they can benefit from that.

“It’s the same whether they’ve been dropped or whether they’re out through injury, you hope they come back and they’re ready to play.”

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dav86 added 06:12 - Feb 17
I hope Kieffer Moore gets the shout, he looked alright when he came on against derby
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BlueMachines added 08:10 - Feb 17
Obviously we all think Lawrence is great, but so silly to be missing 2 games because he couldn't keep his mouth shut. Any players booked for dissent in the Brighton game should be paying the £5,000 fine out of their wages.

I think I am most annoyed because I'll be at the Norwich game. I bought tickets in the end because of our improved performances as I had previously thought why waste £40 when we don't stand a chance, I'll watch it on TV. Without Lawrence I fear we will carry no threat again like so much of our season. Hopefully I am wrong and we at least try and win the game.
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OwainG1992 added 09:25 - Feb 17
I wouldn't go losing hope just because Lawrence is missing. Personally I'd be tempted to give Freddie a chance. Finally back in a striker role see how he does.
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Brownie added 09:37 - Feb 17
Frustrating that he misses the Norwich game - 10 bookings for a player of his type is a bit daft but C'est le vie!

I agree with OwainG - Freddie is out best option to replace him. Chance for someone else to shine & for the game against the budgies a chance to become the new Danny Haynes. Not sure he wants to be that though..

COYB!
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Michael11 added 10:11 - Feb 17
Bit late for that isn't it? We wanted him for one game and now he can't play. Personally wouldn't have minded resting him against Brighton just so he can play against Norwich.
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hoppy added 10:20 - Feb 17
Michael11 - If he'd been rested for Brighton, but back in tomorrow, he could've still picked up a card then and miss Norwich anyway.
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hoppy added 10:22 - Feb 17
“Let’s hope it’s not such a big loss and somebody else comes in, it’s a challenge for somebody to come in and score goals and play as well as Tom has done because he’s been outstanding. It’s a big loss for us.”

Was that recorded verbatim? Starts off all positive and hopeful for giving someone else a chance, but ends with a rather wistful change of mind half way through that actually, we could be a bit stuffed...
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bluey123 added 10:36 - Feb 17
What an idiot of a manager I will have a word with surely he should have had a word before his 10 th booking McCarthy just makes himself look an fool
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sixtyblue added 10:44 - Feb 17
Moore should be up front. Freddie is too small and all high balls would be lost just as ha pope end all season.Give Moore a chance to show his potential
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BanksterDebtSlave added 11:34 - Feb 17
bluey123....read it again, but SLOWLY this time !
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CaptainObvious added 13:05 - Feb 17
"horse" and "bolted"
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runningout added 13:18 - Feb 17
erm...
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geminimustang added 14:33 - Feb 17
"bluey123 added 10:36 - Feb 17
What an idiot of a manager I will have a word with surely he should have had a word before his 10 th booking McCarthy just makes himself look an fool"

You may want to read it again and wish you hadn't used "look a fool".
He had already had a word,before and after!
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RaymondovicBlue added 19:59 - Feb 17
I also read it too quickly, putting too much weight on the headline!! But the manager's "words" clearly weren't sufficient???
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blueboy1981 added 20:34 - Feb 17
Fair comment - but this lad is fired up for every game, and wants to succeed - he is one where the adrenalin will always be running high for that reason.

A few more with his attributes wouldn't go amiss - tempering his dissent will settled down, with the right words from the right Manager.
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