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Ipswich Town 2 v 2 Lincoln City
FA Cup
Saturday, 7th January 2017 Kick-off 15:00
McCarthy: Lincoln Unfortunate Not to Win It
Saturday, 7th Jan 2017 18:43

Boss Mick McCarthy admitted that non-league Lincoln City were unfortunate not to beat the Blues and pull off a third round FA Cup shock at Portman Road, Tom Lawrence’s 86th minute goal rescuing Town and seeing them to a 2-2 draw.

“He’s got us all out of jail, two good finishes from Tom,” McCarthy said. “I thought Lincoln were excellent, I think they’ll be feeling very unlucky not to have won the game.

“I’ll be complaining bitterly about the goals we conceded and I guess they will be as well.

“But they were good, I think they played very well. I knew they’d come here confident, I knew they were a good side, we’d watched them, and they didn’t show me any surprises.

“It’s that classic cup tie between a non-league side and a league side and they were unfortunate not to win it.”

McCarthy was frustrated that having got back on terms in the first half via Lawrence’s first goal that the Blues didn’t gain control of the match.

“I’m bitterly disappointed,” he added. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t capitalise on our start to the second half and we ended up conceding.

“Quite a few disappointments in the game, but the really positive points were that we didn’t lose because we’ve got Blackburn coming here next week, we’re still in the cup and the lads kept going and we got a result out of it.”

He admitted his side didn’t give a good account of themselves: “I don’t think so, but there are a few other results around the place that aren’t particularly good.

“It’s not easy playing against them, they’re a good side, they’re full of confidence, we’re not particularly full of confidence, especially playing here. So maybe it’s not a surprise as anybody might think it is.”

He added: “I don’t think you need to tell you that confidence is a big part in sport. They came here brimming with it, why wouldn’t they as they’re top of the league and playing as well as they are? And we’re not, we’ve got to find that formula and get back to winning ways.”

While naming an experienced XI, McCarthy’s bench was filled with youngsters with a number of players missing through illness or injury.

“There weren’t [many options],” he continued. “Leon Best had diarrhoea and sickness, Chambo and Skusey had swollen knees and we’re still settling them down. Myles Kenlock’s got a nasty knock to his calf from the QPR game.

“David McGoldrick hurt his hamstring yesterday, I hope it’s nothing serious, he’ll have a scan on Monday. That was the sum total.”

Regarding the boos that greeted the final whistle and were aimed in his direction as he walked to the tunnel, he said: “The only thing I can do is to get the team to win and play better and win and that will stop it. Maybe it won’t now, at this stage, but I’m not complaining about that.”

He added: “I can’t really affect that. I tend to try and affect the things in my life that I can, that’s dealing with players, trying to get the best out of them.

"People will be saying ‘you’re not doing that’ or ‘you’re not getting better results’ but that’s all I can do and what other people think of me and what they want say about me doesn’t bother me that much.”

Did McCarthy feel it was a difficult atmosphere with 4,838 Lincoln fans filling the Cobbold Stand?

“I thought it was a brilliant atmosphere, it should have been one we embraced, they did,” he said.

“I thought it was a great atmosphere, their fans were fantastic, as ours have been when we were in the top six.

“And that’s where you’ve got to get to get support like that. I wonder when they were getting relegated out of League Two were they all turning up like that and supporting? No they didn’t, it’s the way it’s is because of their results and the way it is here because of our results.”

What impressed him about Lincoln? “Everything, the crowd, the way they played, they were just very good. I’ve watched them, they’ve been good all season, that’s why they’re top of the league.”

McCarthy paid tribute to two-goal Lawrence, who took his tally to the season to five goals with his first two FA Cup goals.

“They were [wonderful goals],” he added. “I wonder if they’ll be complaining about them going in from so far, like I’d complain about their goals going in.

“Tom’s been excellent and that’s three goals in two games and he warrants it because he’s been excellent, he’s been a really good signing, Tom.”

Lawrence is on a season-long loan with the Blues and can’t be recalled by Leicester in January - even if there is interest in signing him on a permanent basis - without the agreement of all three parties, Town, the Foxes and the player.

The Town boss says he hasn’t yet thought about the replay at Sincil Bank, which is pencilled in for a week on Tuesday.

“I’m not really bothered about that yet to be quite honest, we’ve got Blackburn coming here next Saturday. My thoughts are on that. It’ll be a tough game and I hope it’ll be tougher game for Lincoln than it was today.”

Asked whether he was disappointed not to have come so close to recording a shock victory, Lincoln boss Danny Cowley said: “That’s one way to look at it and there was definitely a little bit of a tinge of disappointment when we got back into the dressing room.

“But I think if we’re honest the overriding emotion is one of pride. I think we took on a good Championship team and went toe-to-toe with them and gave a really good account of ourselves. And I think that was something I think we can be proud of.

“We spoke all week about what we saw as being success for us because we knew that if we just measured it on the outcome we’d come up short. Success to us was at 4.45pm getting a standing ovation from the 5,000 supporters that followed us.

“And we did that. For me, I thought the players were excellent. We found a new level today.

“We asked them before today to bring their A games and then find another 10 per cent and I thought to a man they did that. We’ve drawn, but we’ve taken a very experienced Championship team all the way.”

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dav86 added 18:45 - Jan 7
Just go. It's boring

TractorCam added 18:45 - Jan 7
Wasn't the game for youths? So why the hell have you named 5 of them on the bench, you're decision making is getting stranger by the game

bedsitfc added 18:46 - Jan 7
I think we are unfortunate to still have you

tractorboyjim added 18:47 - Jan 7
There comes a time when a club just needs a change. I really do think that time has well and truly come. I think the writing is as good as on the wall. Better making the change now wait until our position becomes any worse...

dugoutdave added 18:47 - Jan 7
You still here...?

DurhamTownFan added 18:47 - Jan 7
Out of ideas, no plan to get back to winning. He can't be enjoying this either..?!

Time for a freshening up!

legoman added 18:48 - Jan 7
Fair reflection MM.

mickeyjb added 18:48 - Jan 7
Does that mean he's not going then?


martin587 added 18:48 - Jan 7
You talk a load of contradictory rubbish.Indesisive once again.!!.A total shambles once again.

Alfiesboys added 18:49 - Jan 7
Just go ..bye bye...please... for the love of God GO

blueboy1981 added 18:51 - Jan 7
......... if we didn't know we were playing Lincoln City, from McCarthy's words, you could easily believe we had turned the clock back and it was Barcelona...... !!!

Same sh-te from him - different day / game.

carlo88 added 18:51 - Jan 7
Reasonable comments actually from MM. He's basically saying "I'm doing my best, if you don't like it get rid of me".

Bluetone added 18:52 - Jan 7
I don't think this was a very big shock result as many fans were expecting a draw or worse.

Quote - “The only thing I can do is to get the team to win and play better and win and that will stop it. Maybe it won’t now, at this stage, but I’m not complaining about that.” No you got that wrong the only thing you can do is tender your resignation and thereby give our club the chance to recover before it is too late.

TimmyH added 18:52 - Jan 7
Has Mick actually beaten a lower league team in cup competitions since he's been here?...he continues to be the worst manager I can remember in my lifetime (47) in such occasions.

Hang your head in shame.

Kesgraveblue57 added 18:54 - Jan 7
McCarthy just stating the bleeding obvious again

kozmik added 18:54 - Jan 7
"I think we took on a good Championship team" REALLY???

Ipswichbusiness added 18:55 - Jan 7
He'd like to complain about their goals going in would he?

This is now eight matches on the trot since our last clean sheet. Who is he going to complain to? The only common factor would appear to be the person who picks the team and coaches the defenders, that is himself.

StringerBell added 18:56 - Jan 7
More utter gibberish from the inept clown. Just sof off McCarthy.

blue75 added 18:56 - Jan 7
No explanation as to why he didn't make a single sub when we were being out played all over the park. Still waiting for the exciting attractive football promised before Christmas!! As for those that say boycott the games to get rid of McCarthy, that won't work all you get is a half heart chant of McCarthy out which there was today, then a few idiots tried to get super mick going, 5 mins later same super mick fans were moaning about the long balls and that we should get it on the ground. Everyone should turn up for the Blackburn game and let McCarthy know what we really think of his lame style!!!!! Anyone that's left supporting him must be a Mick McCarthy fan not an Ipswich Town fan!!

Mark added 18:56 - Jan 7
McCarthy said Lincoln didn't show him any surprises, but we should be surprised and embarrassed to be outplayed at home by a NON LEAGUE side! Mick's Ipswich side looked clueless and totally ineffective aside from the on-loan Leicester man who will go back in the summer. We looked as poor as against Fulham, and this time we cannot say Lincoln are a good side, we just cannot. They may be high on confidence, but we are three leagues above them and should have beaten them comfortably.

The time has come for a new manager to impose some methodology and standards on the team to get them playing football, bring in some new signings to take us forwards, and develop the youngsters properly for the long term. We surely just cannot keep limping on like this?!

Taricco_Fan added 18:57 - Jan 7
Didn't bother reading. You kind of know how it's going to go.

runaround added 18:58 - Jan 7
Lincoln should be rightly proud of themselves, they deserved to go through, manager players & supporters. If we somehow win the replay it will be undeserved. ITFCare an embarrassment, our team was head & shoulder above theirs in terms of ability, fitness, earnings & fees yet Lincoln were not only more fired up but dominated large parts of the game & played better football.
Are the Mick apologists seriously going to say that lack of money alone stops us playing attacking entertaining football? That's Lincoln, Portsmouth & Stevenage in last year who have given us a football lesson on our own pitch without massive financial backing. This is Micks team & his philosophy which has led to where we are now. It's embarrassing & not good enough, he has to go for the good of the club

jas0999 added 18:58 - Jan 7
Does Evans actually care if we won, lost or drew? I doubt it.

cranky_old_tractor added 18:59 - Jan 7
Blah blah blah yawn. Boring is taking on a new meaning MM......go

iaintaylorx added 19:00 - Jan 7
Lawrence and Emmanel stood out today and Dozzell wasn't too bad alongside Webster. When will he walk!? It's getting beyond a joke! Emmanuel will be dropped on Saturday and it'll be the same story! Douglas back in too. He couldn't even not put him on the bench today which says alot!

Credit to Lincoln though, they were outstanding and deserved to win. Least we're still in the draw. Thought their number 30 was a handy player who controlled the game to be honest.


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