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McCarthy: Three Points Ought to Be Enough
Saturday, 13th Apr 2013 06:00

Boss Mick McCarthy believes three more points ought to be enough to secure Town’s Championship status in all but the most "bonkers" circumstances. However, with the division having been one full of surprises all season, he is taking nothing for granted.

McCarthy said: “Three points on Saturday against Hull would be a wonderful, valuable three points and if anybody goes down with 56 points then the league is officially the most bonkers league in the world.

"I’d like to be sat on Sunday morning with 56 points and worrying about another win [against Palace on Tuesday].”

The Blues boss says Tigers boss Steve Bruce and his players, who are currently second in the Championship, will be suffering the inevitable stresses that possible success and potential failure both bring: “It’s pressure, yes, they’ll be feeling it.

“There are two things, one that you most want to happen more than anything else in the next four weeks and one that you don’t want to happen more than anything else in the next four weeks.

“Relegation is what you don’t want and promotion is what you do want and yet the pressure remains the same, to make sure that one happens and one doesn’t.

“He’ll be under huge pressure there to get them up, having been there all season and now being in the top two going into the last five games.

“They’ll all be doing the maths, they’ll all be looking at which team is playing who — 'They might get points, they might get points’. You’ve just got to be conscious of saying ‘We’re playing Ipswich’ or ‘We’re playing Hull’ and let’s see if we can get something out of it.”

He says there’s also a bit of added pressure when you’re a team in Town’s position of having put a decent run of form together: “When you’ve won a few and you’re in a better position, you do feel better.

“But strangely enough, that adds a sense of apprehension or nerves that we’ve got ourselves to a really good position, there is a good feel around the place and we don’t want to lose it.

“And we have to make sure that we don’t and we have to make sure we stay in the league because it’s still not gift-wrapped yet and it’s important then that we don’t let anybody down.

"Nobody has, because they’ve been great since November 1st. Since I walked in, the players have been excellent.

“Maintain it, see the job out, it’s not done. There are five games to play, get the points. But, it’s nice to have that feel-good factor.”

That feel-good factor in the squad was evident in the keek Jay Emmanuel-Thomas shot in the dressing room after Saturday’s win at Derby.

“He’ll be fined for having his phone in the dressing room!” joked McCarthy. “No, I saw him doing it and it was fine.”

The celebrations which followed Carlos Edwards’s winner at Pride Park both on and off the pitch suggested a growing connection between the current players and fans, something McCarthy welcomes: “I hope so, I think there should be, it’s important that there is that bond between them. We’re all in it together.

“When it’s all going wrong, then you get the divisions, but the reality is you shouldn’t providing everybody’s trying, and I’ll forgive most people anything if they’re working hard for me.”

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ntoms97 added 08:22 - Apr 13
Town owe Mick a lot since 1st of November he came here when he could so easily have damaged his reputation if we stay up then it is all the work of Mick he's got these players working

billlm added 09:23 - Apr 13
think we will end on 59 any way well done micj tc and the coaching staff

PimsOclock added 09:26 - Apr 13
I cant help feeling we should now be looking up the table rather than down now. With the recent run of form and defensive solidarity we should now be aiming to finish as high as possible. I think we will probably finish in our highest position in years and who knows? A win today could bring that 6th position significantly closer.

Well done Mick and the team!

Guthrum added 09:47 - Apr 13
You only have to look at how the red sector of that pie-chart on the right has shrunk over the last few weeks to know how the fans are feeling!

Michael11 added 11:56 - Apr 13
Would be lovely to beat Hull today but think everyone knows we'll probably play for a 0-0, which i'd be more than happy with.

Marcus added 12:06 - Apr 13
@Guthram. True. However it could also mean less Norwich fans are voting.

bluefeast added 14:44 - Apr 13
we will finish on 57 points , two points above relegation places

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