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McCarthy: No Target But I'd Take Seven Points From the Next Three
Saturday, 12th Mar 2016 06:00

Town boss Mick McCarthy admits he’d be happy with another seven points from the trio of games before the international break but says he’s aiming to win all three.

The Blues are at the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon to face the Bluebirds, one place and goal difference ahead of eighth-placed Town, who in turn have a game in hand on the Welsh side.

On Tuesday, Blackburn, down in 16th but who have won three of their last four, are at Portman Road, before Rotherham, who have won three in a row under new manager Neil Warnock, make the trip to Suffolk on Saturday, prior to the two-week break.

Reflecting on the seven points from the last three matches against Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest and Bolton, McCarthy said: “We could have played better in the games but if you ask me if we could take seven points out of nine from the next three games, I’d be happy again, no matter how we play.

“And that’s really what it’s about. Yes, we could have played better, but we’ve played better and not won games. It really is about getting the points now.”

He added: “I’d take seven [points from the next three games] but the target is always to win all three.

“But let me tell you Cardiff are a good side. Blackburn I watched at Derby [last month when they lost 1-0] and I’ve seen them all season, I think they’ve got really good players. I think they’re a good team, I think they had a good result [winning 2-0 at home to Birmingham] the other night.

“Rotherham have just beaten Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough, so when I said I’d take seven points, I’m not setting a target but I’d take it now if we’d got that next Saturday.”

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textbackup added 06:08 - Mar 12
someone's on repeat

muccletonjoe added 06:42 - Mar 12
7 points would be play off form . If we play like we did against forest , and keep possession better , then i think we can do it.

battyblue added 07:08 - Mar 12
in MM eyes all our opponents are excellent teams who some how raise their games against us and play us off the park...hoping for three points today but believe we will have to be lucky to get one.

oldegold added 08:00 - Mar 12
The watchword always has to be to take the game to the oposition..attack,attack, mind numbing defensive hoofball playing for a point..we need points to grab really one of the two places still up for grabs. Please let's show initiative and go for a win for once...COYB

essexboy added 09:20 - Mar 12
The next three games are both hard and could be the turning point of the season.Cardiff are always hard to beat at their ground,but with the right tactics and team we are capable of getting all three points.Tuesday night is Blackburn which in my opinion will be a very tough match.They have now started winning under Lambert and look very good.Rotherham is a different kettle of fish all together.Warnock is a very good motivator and they have won there last four games,so expect a real scrap.I predict nine points from these three games.It maybe tongue in cheek,but if the team and tactics are laid out correctly then I feel we are capable of winning all three.I just hope I'm right.Good luck to all the travelling support today.

hogster1970 added 09:32 - Mar 12
Well it will all depend on if skuse and foley or hyam and foley or Douglas and foley play in the middle. If it goes like Scuse and Douglas with murphy upfront then it will be aimless hoofball again. Esp if sears end up on the wing.

jpring89 added 09:55 - Mar 12
I would say we 'have' to take 7 points from the next 3 games. To stay there or thereabouts if we win today then i would say we still 'have' to beat both blackburn and rotherham. We really could do with a 4 or 5 game winning run now before those last 3 games it would be enough in my opinion to snatch 6th

ChateauWines added 10:42 - Mar 12
A toughie today and on paper two very winnable home games next week. Both of which have got a whole lot trickier in recent weeks. I would grab seven points straight off the table now and chuck my ex in for good neadure

ChateauWines added 10:43 - Mar 12
A toughie today and on paper two very winnable home games next week. Both of which have got a whole lot trickier in recent weeks. I would grab seven points straight off the table now and chuck my ex in for good measure

Poultman added 11:20 - Mar 12
Would settle for 3 unspectacular 1-0's at this stage of the season

Superblue95 added 11:39 - Mar 12
Looking at our remaining fixtures we have 6 home games left all against bottom half teams. If we can win 5 of them and then sneak a couple of draws away from home we may just get that last play-off spot. I wouldn't get too hung up on today's result which I think we will lose

RaymondovicBlue added 11:41 - Mar 12
I know any series of games will define our season - but Town keep defying that theory - they don't fly and they don't sink - so we are still "there or there abouts" .... and the league IS so tight that we can draw and still rise or fall depending on other results.

But the nearer we get to the end of the season, the bigger any series of 3 games becomes!

I think that if we can take 7 points from these three we will certainly be nearer to flying into the playoffs - 3 or less and we are out of it ... but to be fair, the way the Championship is going, we will probably get 4 points, and still be there, or there abouts

Many say the football isn't interesting and exciting, but surely our weekly look at the league table is ! Something to hope for ...

... but something we HAVE to earn on the field

So - today England play Wales at 4ish..... but let's hope that we have two English wins - starting with the one that matters most to us at 3pm !!

Come on England!


bring_back_Wickham added 12:23 - Mar 12
The good thing about being outside the play-offs is that if we do get in we will be the in-form team and have a chance of winning it

Seasider added 13:49 - Mar 12
Good luck to Mick,TC and the boys today

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