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McCarthy Angry and Frustrated
Tuesday, 14th Jan 2014 23:03

Boss Mick McCarthy couldn’t hide his anger and frustration after the Blues’ 3-2 FA Cup defeat at Preston.

“I’m annoyed that we’ve lost,” he said. “When we got in front we were controlling the game and we’ve let them off the hook. We’ve conceded three poor goals from our point of view.

“I thought we were all right in the first half. When we got in front, as I say, I thought we were controlling the game, but we just didn’t defend the corner kick particularly well.

“It’s not too often I’ve been this way, so they’ll have to stop doing those things. I try to be consistent in what I’m like but I was annoyed with that today.”

Despite fielding a much-changed side, McCarthy believes the team should have been strong enough to win the tie: “Except for the three lads who didn’t get on the pitch, I didn’t see any kids, I didn’t see any inexperienced players, it was a good team that played.

“For the most part I thought we played well but we conceded some really poor goals from our point of view.

“We were doing all right, they got a corner kick, we don’t defend it and it ends up one-all. Then we get back to two-all. We had the best chance to win it, maybe Hunty’s not played that many games, on a different day [maybe he scores].

“We let them off the hook, even the ball that comes in, it’s not cleared properly, so you can sense I’m slightly annoyed and frustrated by it.”

McCarthy dismissed suggestions that the FA Cup run would be an unwanted distraction: “Do I look like I’m happy to be out of the cup?

“I wanted to win and I couldn’t do a lot about the four injuries anyway, so that was beside the point, and I was always going to change the goalkeeper. We just haven’t defended well enough.”

McCarthy will now turn his attention to the battle for a top six place and Saturday’s game at Millwall: “We got in the play-off positions and I’ve said all along that I’m not really bothered about being there now, it would be nice at the end of the season.

“But we’ve got a big important game against MIllwall, Ollie’s there, it’s his first home game, I know all about that, they’ll be ramping that up and we’ve got to go there and certainly defend better. That’s something that we’ll have to focus on.”

He says at least some of the players who missed out today will be back: “I haven’t spoken to them today but I expect Cressy and Luke Chambers will be fit, Murph, I don’t know. Skusey I expect him to be fit but he hasn’t trained this week yet, I think he’ll do something tomorrow.”

Preston boss Simon Grayson was pleased to progress to the fourth round where his side will face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground: “We’re delighted to be beat a good Championship team, who made a few changes like we did. It was a typical cup tie, especially the second half.

“I thought there wasn’t much between the teams in the first half, both teams passed it around quite nicely without having too much end product in the final third, but it livened up with a few mistakes in the second half and I’m delighted we’ve come out winners.”

The introduction of striker Joe Garner from the bench proved to be a match-winning move with the 25-year-old netting a 20-minute hat-trick, but Grayson says he only made the same change as McCarthy.

“You’re bringing Joe Garner on and he’s the top scorer, so it isn’t a gamble,” he said. “Mick’s decision to bring David McGoldrick on wasn’t a gamble because he’s their leading goalscorer and he scored tonight.

“You make these decisions to try and get back into the game, we had to show character after going a goal down because Ipswich could have passed the ball around and made it difficult for us but we got back into it and the game livened up in the second half. We made a few mistakes but so did Ipswich and it’s contributed towards a good night.”

In November Grayson tried to sign Town midfielder Anthony Wordsworth on loan and doesn’t rule out another move for the 25-year-old, who is currently out with tonsillitis.

“Since that conversation I had with Mick we signed Neil Kilkenny, but I know he’s been ill over the last few weeks and not featured for Ipswich,” he added.

“We’ll just see where we are with which areas of the pitch we need to strengthen, but he’s obviously a player I’ve admired and thought about taking.

"Obviously it didn’t happen at that time, but we’ll see what happens between now and the window shutting.”

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Tractamatt added 23:20 - Jan 14
Buy Garner, he knows how to score.

Michael11 added 23:37 - Jan 14
Sounds bad but I honestly don't care. It was better to lose 3-2 than draw 2-2. It would have put another 30 unwanted minutes into their legs. Nottingham Forest away is hardly a glamour tie so get home and rest up ready for a very winnable game against Millwall!

footers added 23:51 - Jan 14
Seeing the positives in a loss to Preston only goes to show how badly this club has been managed in years gone by. Now we have a terribly weak, tiny squad coupled with a good manager, who's making do, and we're so grateful for such small (or non-existent in this case) rewards. Wow.

Walk_the_Wark added 00:08 - Jan 15
You're not good enough Mick

algarvefan added 00:36 - Jan 15
No fight, no pride and I wonder what the hell has happened to the club I have loved for 50 years, this just isn't good enough, week after week just excuses and poor performances. I wish I could see progress, ok we survived last season but we are still a collection of journeymen and there is no commitment any more. Think I'll take up Hang gliding!!!!

andyitfc added 00:38 - Jan 15
We couldn't beat a league 1 side at home so we go away with our tiny squad which in reality has absolutely no depth! Finally we get a manager who makes us near to what we all aspire, but the backing disappears, I'm no financial expert but what Mick has done is nothing short of a miracle, we've a chance of promotion, thin it may be, it's time for us as fans to get right behind our beloved Club and look upon this result as a game less and a much needed win at the dirty den on Saturday is the beginning of our at least, playoff position finish!

Portman51 added 01:16 - Jan 15
Let it go Mick. Silk purses, sows ears. We know how it is.

Keaneish added 03:03 - Jan 15
We go to Millwall looking for 3 points on Saturday, nothing less. This winless run can easily see us slide now we've conceded 6 in 2 games, our worst return all season!

Len_Brennan added 04:51 - Jan 15
we don't need cover at the back & Mick should be For those who still think that Mick should be concentrating solely on bringing in a creative midfielder, that performance should put things into stark reality. We are very light at the back & a couple of injuries or suspensions to any of the regular starting back four would leave us completely exposed.
Chambers may have his limitations at right back, but he is our best option there out of the current squad by a long way. Hewitt is not as strong defensively & needs experience so I can understand Mick letting him out on loan. The attacking side of his game is stronger. Still, I can only imagine that Mick has a strong right back lined up to come in, otherwise his decisions with the loanees is negligent.

Len_Brennan added 05:01 - Jan 15
Ok, that first sentence reads somewhat back to front - dodgy wifi connection here - apologies, but I think the point is in there somewhere, hopefully.

muccletonjoe added 06:24 - Jan 15
Your biggest failing mm is not playing the kids in a game like this. At least they would have gained some experience and it would not have been a total waste of time. We lost anyway and we know no more of what those lads are capable of. What is more they will not see the first team bench again this season

big_gaz67 added 06:49 - Jan 15
I'm angry and frustrated that in the home game, logically the best chance to win this tie MM picked a 5 3 2 attacking formation and then changed in BEFORE the kick off to March Preston. We were the home side, let the away side a division below us worry about how we play and take the game to them.

I feel,sorry for anybody who travelled last night, MM should personally pay for their travel and match tickets due to MM's incompetency in the first game. We needed MM last year to keep us up, we now need a young manager who will invest in the young players and take two or three seasons to build a team playing attractive, proper ITFC football every game.

bluefeast added 06:54 - Jan 15
our squad is weak ,stretched and average. The manager needs help in order to improve it its obvious. Also smith and Berra needed a rest ,who is the back up in the squad for those two. Well Mings is a centre half not a left or right back so thats one ,who is in the under 21s at centre half. Tunnicliff stats no assists and no goals , hyam no assists and 1 goal. Skuse one assist and no goals this is from circa 25 matches. Cant MM see what we all can. The need for a central midfielder like Derby have from Man u or Leicester have from Man U .We got the work horse they got the skilful ones. Boring football in decline and no financial support , 2 MDs though so we are well covered in the board room .What a farce.

floridaboy added 07:06 - Jan 15
Holloway must be rubbing his hands with glee. He will fire up Millwall and they will get the win. Town will go on a poor run, we need to be very careful. A couple of losses and we could well be in trouble. Need to stay in the league as we will have a derby against Norwich next season to look forward to.

The budgies were absolutely awful last night and look a very poor side!

bluefeast added 07:23 - Jan 15
Question. Why have a side like bournmouth got far better players than us in midfield . We have 3 that i would describe as top end championship , cresswell DM and Skuse. The rest are either average or below average. Shows what a great job MM is doing but he needs help in order to bring in players that will help achieve the aim of challenging near the top end of the table. We are not top 6 , we have a top 6 manager though its the squad that isn't .

bluefeast added 07:27 - Jan 15
a rightback who causes the opposition left back issues takes pressure off defence .Chambers isnt that ,he relies on defending not attacking ,so sides playing against us get plenty of chances to attack that side of the pitch , inevitably chambers gets worked to much in a game. Offensive football takes pressure of defenders and is indeed the best form of defence.

yorksblue added 08:13 - Jan 15
Our poor run won't start at Millwall. It began vs Charlton

bluelodgeblue added 08:20 - Jan 15
Defensively we have gone to POT!!!

Littlejosh06 added 08:24 - Jan 15
wow 1 defeat, in the cup and everyone has decided to slate Mick McCarthy and the team, stop moaning and get behind the team, we are 9th in the table, not struggling and doing a hell of a lot better then we were last season, we are a work in progress with a decent manager who is sorting the club out. A bit of support from the Town fans could go along way! so quit moaning at every available opportunity.

pazelle added 08:39 - Jan 15
If we had Hendo in goal we'd have won 2-0.

Karlosfandangal added 09:12 - Jan 15
funny I can remember watching the boys of 81 video and they were interviewing Terry Butcher after the Colonge semi final, he had a pint in one hand and a fag in the other, it must have been about the 55th game the town had played that season, think we went on to play 66 games that year.

fa cup 6th round against Leeds in the late 70's how many matches were played before we beat them, more traveling and mid week games.

Don't remember any of that side needing to be rested.

Players today are more looked after than back then yet 25 games in and they are tired, sorry don't agree

Kesgraveblue57 added 09:12 - Jan 15
MM picked a side to get beat, and that's a fact

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 09:44 - Jan 15
Chin up. This has been a bad run, but the Budgies lost, and we are going to beat Millwall on Saturday.

raycrawfordswig added 09:47 - Jan 15
Please get a team that plays for 90 mins .Don't get angry sort it out.

TractorCam added 09:50 - Jan 15
The thing is if Mick is so frustrated and angry that we lost then why didn't we just properly go for it in the home leg rather than settle for the replay?

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