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McCarthy: Midfield Goals Will Come
Saturday, 21st Sep 2013 09:50

Mick McCarthy says he’s confident his midfielders will score the goals required of them as the season progresses. So far, all the Blues’ backline have opened their accounts, while Jay Tabb and Paul Anderson – slightly dubiously – are the only midfield players to have got on the scoresheet.

“They’ve got to do, it’s not a question of whether they can, they have to,” McCarthy said. “And we’re getting them forward.

“Skusey was the one who headed the ball back across for Daryl Murphy [for his goal against Yeovil on Tuesday], so it could have been that Skusey was heading it in the net, but actually it was a really good header, he didn’t try and score because it was looping in and he just put it back across.

“Luke Hyam could have had a goal against Middlesbrough. They’re getting in the box and are getting a chance of being on the end of things and whenever they do that they’ll end up with a share of goals in the season.”

However, with the Blues having picked up six points in the last two games, McCarthy admits he’s not overly concerned who scores at present as long as goals are going in: “We’ve just won two on the bounce and scored goals. I don’t give a flying one where the goals come from, to be honest with you.

“That’s like looking for a negative from two positives and I can’t find them. I just think we’ve played well in the games.

“So, if the midfield haven’t scored, but defenders have, there’s a plus. Next week it might not be them, it might be the midfield players. We work on it all the time, we’ll just see what happens.”

He says he’s delighted with the way his midfield is performing: “The goals when they come will just put the icing on top because I think they will the way we’re playing.

“I think they’ve played really well. I think Tunners has come in and has been really outstanding.

“I think Tabby’s been unlucky because I don’t think he did a great deal wrong, in fact he’s one of the midfield players who has scored. But I needed to change it.

"I think that Skusey and Luke Hyam have been as good as anybody. Those two together have been a really good partnership.

“We all knew about Luke Hyam because he was here last year and he impressed everybody. I think Cole Skuse has been a real hit with everybody, he’s a really good player.”

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alztar added 10:08 - Sep 21
When was the last time we finished the season with a positive goal difference? Surely must be a good 5 seasons or am I being to pessimistic?

Mark added 10:14 - Sep 21
Wise words from Mick who of course has to bump up the confidence of his players.

It is a worry of mine that the midfielders just don't have the goalscoring records. Take the five midfielders who played Saturday. Edwards: 8 in 166 for Ipswich. Skuse: 9 in 279 for Bristol City. Tunnicliffe: 0 in 33 for three clubs. Hyam: 1 in 53 for Ipswich. Tabb: 0 in 89 for Reading. Let's hope they can be coached to weigh in with a few goals, as with Murphy and Nouble not scoring many either it does make us very reliant on McGoldrick.

emergencylime added 10:16 - Sep 21
@alztar, 2008-09, GD +9, Jon Stead got 13.

Mark added 10:20 - Sep 21
We last finished the season with a positive goal difference in Magilton's final season.

2012/13 (Jewell/McCarthy): -13
2011/12 (Jewell): -8
2010/11 (Keane/Jewell): -6
2009/10 (Keane): -11
2008/09 (Magilton/Keane): +9

Count_Arthur added 10:29 - Sep 21
What's happened to Wordsworth!?

LankHenners added 10:55 - Sep 21
Count_Arthur - Wordsworth would definitely be my safest bet on a midfield goal-scorer (looking at his Colchester record) but Mick is unlikely to drop Hyam (the man who he would replace surely?) as he likes to keep his two defensive midfielders. He could go out left I suppose but Tunnicliffe has been playing well and Tabb would probably get in there ahead of Wordsworth anyway. I'd like to see him play but I suspect we won't be seeing too much of him in the near future.

kevlowestoft added 18:49 - Sep 21
Why cant we all just let MM do what he does best.....

Get the best out of the resourses he has.

We could be mid table league 1 now.

MM keep doing what you and TC thinks best.


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