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McCarthy Praises Work Ethic and Team Spirit
Tuesday, 8th Apr 2014 22:27

Town boss Mick McCarthy paid tribute to his side’s work ethic and team spirit after their 2-0 win at Huddersfield.

“I think it shows what a good team spirit and work ethic we’ve got,” he said. “You get beaten away at Blackburn and have to travel back and if you’ve not got something about you there’s a very great danger of getting a slapping when you come here, so it was a really top class response from the lads.

“I think everybody [tries to start on the front foot] sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But it did today.

“I was a little bit surprised at their shape, playing 3-5-2 to start with, because they’ve been playing 4-1-4-1 and we’d planned for that. But we can go to 4-3-3 quickly from our 4-4-1-1 and I think it caused them problems.

“Ando, who I left out on Saturday, responded in the right way, and Hunty, I thought the two wide guys were great. It was a good performance, you don’t win that game without a good performance.”

The Blues manager was delighted to see Anderson net his fourth goal of the season: “I can’t tell you how we’ve been nipping his ears to be more positive. He’s got more in him, Ando. He does a really good job.

“Chambo was laughing in there, he said he’ll play to 38 if Ando plays in front of him because he works hard and blocks balls into him.

“That’s all right, but I’d sooner Chambo only played until he was 36 if we got a few more goals from Ando being a bit more positive.”

McCarthy also had praise for Daryl Murphy, who took his season’s tally to 12: “He’s had a great season, Murph. He was excellent again up front, not quite on his own because Jonny was half up there.

“I think they’re both good players, Jonny’s an excellent player, he holds the ball up and Murph’s just had a really good season. I think it’s probably the best season of his career, let’s hope he has more of it to come.”

Keeper Dean Gerken was a spectator for the most part but when called upon to make a save for the first time in the 79th minute made an important stop with his foot from Oscar Gobern.

“I’ve told you before, I hung my hat on him and that’s quite clear,” McCarthy added. “Despite when he lets one in or has a rick and all you guys in the media come and ask questions, ‘What about Loachy? What about this?’ and I’ve said ‘No, he’s the number one’.

“And you have to do that and I think they respond then. If you keep chopping and changing after every mistake, it gives nobody any confidence. He’s another one, a free transfer and he’s had an excellent season.”

The Blues boss confirmed that left-back Aaron Cresswell was replaced suffering with a minor injury and says he’s not sure whether he’ll have to make a change to his back four for the first time after 25 league games when Doncaster visit Portman Road on Saturday.

“He’s got a tight groin,” he said. “I don’t know [how serious], he’ll get assessed tomorrow and we’ll see. I’m not worried, I’ve got Ty to play, so that’s good.”

Overall, McCarthy is delighted to still be in the play-off hunt at this late stage of the season: “I did say on Monday that if we come here and win and Bournemouth beat Reading the [we’d be right in it], but I still think we’re three points away because we’ve got a big goal difference to catch up. But we’re still there, it’s great, it’s lovely.”

Terriers boss Mark Robins kept his players in their dressing room for a very lengthy period after the game and let them know in no uncertain terms how unimpressed he was with their display.

“This is something I’ve not experienced in a playing career or a managerial career so far," he said. "We’re struggling, we’re struggling to get a result.

“Performance-wise, Saturday [a 1-0 defeat at Bolton] was very good. In terms of tonight and then, it was chalk and cheese really.

“Ipswich wanted to win the game desperately because they want to get into the play-offs. For us, it was the most abject performance from any of my teams, be it here or anywhere else and that performance can’t happen again.

“We’ve got to make sure that whether the players are young, old, inexperienced, experienced or whatever, when they go out and play for the supporters that we’ve got here, who want to cheer them, they’ve got to put on a performance and not fold, not capitulate mentally, physically, the whole lot.

“That was a non-performance, that sort of performance can never happen again, wherever they’re playing, whether that’s here or whether it’s somewhere else.”

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Michael11 added 22:38 - Apr 8
Really good to see us go out and attack tonight, we never played for a draw. it's a shame we haven't done that as much as maybe we could have this season. Hopefully we'll use that same attitude for the remaining games now. Hope Cresswell's injury isn't going to keep him out. Well done boys!!

pazelle added 22:45 - Apr 8
Great stuff! Now stick with that team for Donny!

Sindre94 added 22:46 - Apr 8
Fantastic win. I'm not complaining but I dont understand why we can't give Henshall a few minutes when the game is nearing the end and the three points are in the bag. I know he's on loan, but hes apparently out of contract in the summer so these are the games we could see what he's about.

Anyway, hope the injury on Cressy isn't too serious!


tractorboy81 added 22:55 - Apr 8
Have to admit I thought the play offs were a long shot after Saturday but how wrong was I!!
Great to see a midfielder get on the scoresheet and Edwards did his bit for the club as well today scoring against Wigan!

Even if we don't make the play offs this has been our best season for a long long time and hopefully we can build on that next year, whatever legue were in!

Mark added 23:16 - Apr 8
A very good result tonight which puts us back in with a shout of making the play-offs. Let's fill Portman Road for the remaining games and cheer the lads on!

TractorBeezer added 23:16 - Apr 8
This is a great time to be hitting form and playing with confidence. And all outfielders are capable of scoring. So take one game at a time lads starting with another 3 points later this week v Doncaster.

Sindre94 added 23:22 - Apr 8
We can actually get promoted. Crikey.
It seems to me that we lose or draw every single time we have an oppurtunity to climb up to 6th spot. Make sure that doesnt happen on saturday :)

battyblue added 05:34 - Apr 9
good win tonight boys well done keep it up

essextractorboy93 added 11:57 - Apr 9
What a fantastic win that was last night, well worth the long trip up there! Get down to Portman Road on Saturday and lets create a great atmosphere. Hopefully the crowd will be higher because of the free tickets they gave away a while back.

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