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McCarthy Happy to Be in Top Six
Saturday, 11th Jan 2014 06:02

Mick McCarthy is happy with Town’s current standing of sixth in the Championship at just over the halfway stage of the campaign.

He says like any other manager he can cite games when his side ought to have won rather than drawn and drawn rather than lost: “I can go through all the league and say we could have more points but I guarantee every other manager could say the same, the ones in the bottom three could say exactly the same.

“You look at Christmas, if we’d gone to Donny and drawn and gone to Bournemouth and drawn and then beaten Charlton 3-0, we would have thought ‘What a great Christmas that was’. It’s perception. It’s bonkers.

“You pick up the points, stick them in your pocket and we’ll see what we’ve got at the end of the season. Halfway through the season we’re in the top six and I’m delighted with that.”

He admits he’s not happy that Town have conceded leads in a number of recent games, but prefers to look at the positives: “Of course, I don’t like doing that. The Charlton one took a deflection and I watched that game again and I thought they deserved a draw.

“In the second half there weren’t too many chances and it ends up being a 91st minute goal where it takes a deflection and goes in.

“We are where we are. I want to win every game. I could sit here and say I wish I’d got maximum points but it’s not going to happen and nobody else is going to get that.

“You can talk about things that go wrong or you can be delighted with the things that go right. We’ve scored more goals, we’ve played better football, we’ve been more attack-minded and maybe doing that you’re going to concede one.

“But we’re in the top six and not many people said we were going to be in the top six, maybe me and even I’d have doubted it!”

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Jimmy86 added 06:31 - Jan 11
Fair enough take the positives Mick but both the Watford and Charlton games at home should have been wins. To go 1 nil up and then sit on that slender lead is not the mentality of a winning team, it's the mentality of a team that wants to defend a lead and play for a clean sheet. if the opposition score then uve immediately dropped 2 points, having been in a position where you could have had all 3!!! yes we are in the top 6 but had we not dropped so many points we would be a lot higher up. should have put charlton to the sword and the only reason they deserved a draw is because we took our foot off the gas and were content to defend and let them get back in the game!!!

jonwatson75 added 07:24 - Jan 11
For me we have to say well done to a supertanker effort . Yes we can talk about dropped points but 14 months ago when big mick and tc arrived we were bottom of the league ... Dropping far more points!!!! We now are on a good journey in the right direction ... Still work to do... But we have to be happy with the progress thus far. There is a real team togetherness under mick that pleases me. Well done mick and the boys. Onwards and upwards. Come on you blues!!!! 3 points today would be excellent!!!

howdonblue added 09:13 - Jan 11
Agreed jonwatson I can't see how anybody can moan about where we are as a team and club now..

Mick and tc have done a brilliant job with our club since coming in .

I for one have total trust in them :)

May the upturn in our fortunes since they came in continue and take us back to the top flight .


Jimmy86 added 09:19 - Jan 11
howdonblue, no one is moaning with regards to the progression the club has made and where we now find ourselves as a result and it's good to be positive and a glass half full approach, my only point was it is a case of mentality required to kill teams off when we are in winning positions. I am happy where we are and as you have alluded to Mick and TC have done a brilliant job, but the fact remains we could be higher in the table, had we not dropped so many points. how can you or anyone disagree with that??

howdonblue added 09:57 - Jan 11
I appreciate that point but I think we are still progressing as a team and club .
It is happening to apparently better clubs than our own Such as today's opposition.


Jimmy86 added 10:04 - Jan 11
yea and progression is key, take derby for example who have been steadily building over the last 4 seasons and now find themselves high in the division as a result. we shouldn't try to defend a 1-0 lead however, as it is becoming apparent we are getting stung by doing this, particulary late on in games

Garv added 10:10 - Jan 11
Ah, deflections don't count.

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