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McCarthy Annoyed to Concede Late Penalty
Saturday, 2nd Aug 2014 17:45

Town boss Mick McCarthy gave his players an ear-bashing for conceding the late penalty which led to Leyton Orient’s equaliser in the 1-1 friendly draw at Brisbane Road. Alex Henshall tripped ex-Blue Kevin Lisbie with Town having taken the lead in the ninth minute through Balin Bajner.

“I thought we got slapped in the first half but were 1-0 and I don’t know how. Well, I do know, it was because we defended all right for the most part and Gerks made a great save,” McCarthy said.

“In the second half I thought we were much better and we were the better team, their keeper made a good save and then we got milky, sloppy and just rubbish in the last minute.

“It’s cost us a goal and I don’t like it. There were seven or eight mistakes, we should have thrown it in the corner, we should have kept it, we were winning.

“I’m not bothered whether it’s a pre-season friendly or not. If we did that at Leeds or somewhere away from home one Tuesday night when we’re winning 1-0, I’m going to be killing somebody in the dressing room for those mistakes. We might as well learn now and they’ve just had it in their earhole because of it.”

The Town boss was pleased to see new signing Bajner net his second goal in two games, but says there’s more to come from the Hungarian.

“I think he was knackered, to be honest,” McCarthy continued. “He’s worked hard, he’s had a long week, he’s not had a full pre-season. I don’t think we saw the best of him in terms of his overall play but he scored. It’s a nice habit.”

David McGoldrick came on at half-time before being rested late on and the Town manager is delighted to see last season’s top scorer back in action: “Didz is great. It was lovely to have him back on. He helps us play.

“We persevered playing it up to the front two in the first half and it was horrible. In the second half, after we’d had words, we played on the inside with Skusey and Luke Hyam and tried to play it to the frontmen. It was a much better performance and Didz does that better than anyone.”

Tommy Smith and Paul Anderson missed out with minor niggles, while Jonny Parr was subbed just before half-time: “They’ve got a groin and a tight hamstring but should be fine for next week,” McCarthy added.

“Jonny Parr has got a sore groin. I don’t know if he’s a doubt for next week yet, you don’t know when they’ve just come off, he’ll have to be assessed tomorrow. We’ve had no injuries and we just seem to be picking them up now.”

Overall, McCarthy is pleased with the way pre-season has gone, although frustrated by those three joining Stephen Hunt – who has missed all six games with a calf problem – in picking up niggles.

“I was a lot happier last week when I had no injuries but now I’ve got Tommy Smith, Paul Anderson and Jonny Parr with little knocks, which is disappointing.

“But it’s gone all right. We should have seen that game out, it was just a rubbish penalty,” he added ruefully.

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TractorCam added 18:00 - Aug 2
Henshall will learn from his mistake and it will make him a better player as a result, bring on Fulham!

muccletonjoe added 18:00 - Aug 2
Alot I was a lad of sorting to do before next week. The only good thing to come from this is it has lowered alot of people's expectations

ZurichBlue added 18:01 - Aug 2
“I thought we got slapped in the first half but were 1-0 and I don’t know how. " Try taking a look at the team you selected Mick - hardly an inspirational line-up against the mighty Orient! Last chance to look at something near to the starting line-up against Fulham and to build some confidence with a resounding win - but of course pre-season is all about getting fit.

AbujaBlue added 18:28 - Aug 2
Relieved that it isn't anything more serious for Parr.

Monkey_Blue added 18:30 - Aug 2
Qatar... that team was good enough to beat a League1 side but we didn't, its a friendly, so where's the drama? .I suspect if fit Anderson would have started on the right and Tommy smith in the centre with chambers at RB, but unless you didn't read the article they were both ruled out with injuries. If that was the case it probably only Tabb and Bajner who might be on the bench next week. I recall when we won the last 2nd division(Prior to prem league) we had shocking results in pre season. I trust that come Saturday we'll be properly prepared and MM will put out the side best capable of getting the points.

gibbo added 18:30 - Aug 2
Should have taken our chances, thought we learnt one goal is never enough

oscarwhiting added 18:34 - Aug 2
Mick seems in a bad mood today haha. Hopefully like gibbo said, I hope mm, tc and the players now understand that one goal is never enough. COYB

jas0999 added 18:37 - Aug 2
Small squad and injuries is a receive for disaster. Had wrongly assumed Cresswell money would be spent to ensure we had a stronger, larger squad than last season. Still three players fewer by my count. How Can we challenge for promotion with fewer players! Suspect this is Evans policy rather than Micks

floridaboy added 19:02 - Aug 2
We will be relegation material if MM continues to play Skuse and Hyam in the middle of the midfield. Play one or the other but both. Please!

Still we will have a very good defence and will not concede many but the concern I have and probably many others as well is where the goals are coming from. Going to put too much pressure on McGoldrick who at the moment is not match fit and surely for the first half dozen games will be on the bench

Unless MM has something or better still someone up his sleeve who is going to help McGoldrick with the goals then I fear we may well struggle to finish half way.

Fulham will have a field day against us if we are not careful and so will our friends up the road which will be very hard to take!

jas0999 added 19:05 - Aug 2
** recipe** not receive

HarryfromBath added 19:27 - Aug 2
I agree with TractorCam about Henshall learning from this experience. Kevin Lisbie is a street-wise player, and there are plenty more like him coming up in the next few weeks, so better to get the experience out of the way in a friendly.

I remember Tyrone Mings, when he was chatting to the South West supporters group, talking about an error which cost us a soft penalty against Doncaster. They looked at it in detail, learned from it, and moved on. Hopefully some good will come from it, frustrating as it will have been.

brittaniaman added 19:54 - Aug 2
muccletonjoe---I agree with you as I have said before we are not ready to take on Fulham or Sky ????

algarvefan added 19:58 - Aug 2
We're all doomed Captain Mainwaring.....doomed I tell you!!!

Some of you honestly, it's only a pre-season friendly, lighten up a bit FFS!!!!

Cloddyseedbed added 20:59 - Aug 2
After reading the players in and the players out and the match reports on all the friendly games it's hardly inspiring is it? Will the football dished up this season be any better than last season, personally with the players we have in the squad so far, I think not. Alarvefan, I wished I shared your optimism. Are we going out to win games this season or are we going out to not loose any? Can't see us getting into the top six with this squad, sorry all you positive supporters who think a fantastic season and promotion is on the cards for 2014/15.

Hegansheroes added 22:15 - Aug 2
Mid table again & expect Fulham to take us apart. Chambers is not good enough at RB & will be exposed, the midfield I expect to play are too negative & the forwards will be doing lots of running with no results. My prediction is 0-3 to Fulham

blues1 added 22:40 - Aug 2
jas0999. after your recent posts, which have mainly been positive and totally correct youre back to normal? we have signed 3 players since cresswell left(bialkowskt, bajner and bru). no, no transfer fees paid, but like others on here you seemto think that means we not had to pay out for them. but we have had to pay the players a signing on fee, as well as agents fees. all of this will have come from the cresswell fee, which, remember we have only received a certain amount of so far(not the full £3m, let alone any add ons . hegansheroes. while, like you, I don't particularly like chambers at right back, he didn't play there today and theres no saying he will next week. especially as parr could be a doubt.

bennyitfc added 23:35 - Aug 2
Best moment of the day has to be MM shout down the touchline at Tyrone Mings: "Tyrone! You are sh**"

Theythinkitsallover added 23:53 - Aug 2
TractorCam - " Henshall will learn from his mistake and it will make him a better player as a result". Did you cut and paste that from the latest Football Manager game? It is almost word for word perfect for one of the answers to questions from the media after someone has made a mistake during the previous match....:-)

ITFCRealist added 00:21 - Aug 3
BennyItfc, if that's true, he should be sacked.
Though it doesn't surprise me, Boring Mick has the man management skills of a potato.
(with apologies to potatos, everywhere)

Fat_Boy_Tim added 00:58 - Aug 3
Pathetic response by the same old Trolls on here, week in, week out, looking for anything negative they can eek out of the news from PR. Let's see what happens at the start if the season. I'm not expecting miracles but we look in decent shape. It's a tough start and I'd see nothing to panic about if we took 3 or 4 points from the first 3 matches. Hope we do better of course. COYB. :)

NoelTheDub added 02:01 - Aug 3
MM small squad again will kill us and patching up our team week in week out will hurt us big time.I know we are playing friendlies but your square peg syndrome in again clear to see.We are not blessed with loads of talent but playing lads in there right positions is vital but you see different and its going to kill us again this season imo.I hope Im wrong on this issue and maybe we can do a Burnley miracles happen and we need one with this weaker squad.I agree your hands are tied squad wise and you have to depend on free transfers but its your choice of player that gets me all hard working and we will need that this season.Good luck and prove me wrong i hope..

Millsey added 08:47 - Aug 3
The world is ending!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FFS lighten up you lot.

Surco72 added 10:14 - Aug 3
May be negative but still think we are in a worse position than last year squad wise. The tactics don't seem to have changed and all pre season has proved is that we will do Ok in league 1 against this level of opposition. Hard to beat with no class and poor to watch, may be proved wrong as only time will tell but doubt it

Cloddyseedbed added 11:22 - Aug 3
I agree Surco, I go to watch football to be entertained. Let's just hope we will be this season but I fear more of the same to come, a lot of running around but no class, except for McGoldrick. I very much hope I'm proved wrong.

TimmyH added 12:31 - Aug 3
@blues1 - you keep going on about 'transfer fees' agents fees' 'signing on fees' etc, but every club has to do this! - what jas0999 is referring to is that no money from the Cresswell sale has gone towards actually 'buying' a player, end of...

Regards Parr injury...if that is the case stand by for players playing out of position!

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