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McCarthy: We Were First to Blink
Saturday, 14th Oct 2017 18:39

Boss Mick McCarthy felt the Blues were the ones to blink and concede “a very poor goal” after Town’s 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United. Chris Basham headed home the winner in the 49th minute.

“I’m pretty annoyed we’ve lost the game,” McCarthy said. “I thought they started well, I thought we grew into it and it’s a very good goal from them, but it was a very poor goal for us to concede right from start to finish.

“Right from them getting out at the back, somebody running on one of ours and then getting a cross in and not defending the far post. Little mistakes all over and it ends up in the back of the net.”

He admitted his team started slowly: “I had to change the way we were playing, they were having too much of the ball and when we changed to 4-3-3 [after around half an hour] we stemmed the tide coming our way somewhat and I thought we had some chances then. It’s fine margins and we’ve blinked unfortunately and they’ve got the goal.”

Town have now lost five of their last seven in the Championship. Asked whether a run like that requires him to dig deep, McCarthy said: “I pretty much have to dig deep every week, whether it’s going good, bad or indifferent. No, I’m well able to handle that.”

The Town manager expects the Blades to be among the play-off contenders come May and doesn’t see anyone dominating the division this season.

“I don’t think there’s going to be anyone like Newcastle or Brighton, I don’t see that, I’ve said that publicly before,” he reflected.

“But I do think Sheffield United are a good side and I think they’ll be up in the top six, I don’t think they’re going to fall away.

"They’ve got momentum, they’ve got a good way of playing, they all look to be working very hard for each other, I think they’re a good team.”

The Town boss is hopeful striker Joe Garner, who missed out with a knee injury, will be fit enough to for next Sunday’s East Anglian derby against Norwich.


“I’ll see on Monday,” he said. “Hopefully there’s no swelling on Monday and he can crack on with training and he’ll be all right for Sunday but I don’t know yet.

“He’s a big loss, he’s been fantastic, he’s been a been different class for us. [We’ve not got a like-for-like replacement], they don’t come around too often.

“But I thought Waggy was different class, by the way. I thought he played really, really well. Whether he was wide or up front I thought he was excellent.”

McCarthy confirmed that David McGoldrick’s substitution in the second half was purely tactical: “He’d been away with Ireland and he’d been back since Sunday. I just thought we needed fresh legs and I thought Freddie Sears was great when he came on, he stretched them and gave us something different.

“If you keep doing the same thing and it’s not working, that’s a real definition of madness.”

The result continued Town’s early season trend of beating sides towards the bottom of the division but coming up short against teams nearer the top.

“Yes, and we end up beating all the bottom 10 teams and we finish above them all I’ll be thrilled with that,” he added with the Blues now in mid-table in 10th.

“Yes, we’ve got to get a result against one of the better sides, one of the top teams and next week would be a good starting point, wouldn’t it?

He added: “I reckon if you beat the bottom 10 teams twice around you’ve made a good start, you’ve picked something up. We’re never going to beat them all, of course we’re not, but it gives you a solid base.

“But we’ve got to start picking up points from teams above. I’m not trying to give everybody a read on where I think we’re at.

“I think we’ve had some really good performances. I don’t think that today was a bad performance, I don’t think Leeds was. I don’t think Bristol City was, we had two deflected goals.

“Nevertheless, they’re teams above us and they’ve still beaten us. We have to find a way of getting results against them.

‘We’re going to be tested in the games coming up. We’ll soon find out whether we’re going to [be up to that]."

Just as he wasn't getting carried away after the 5-2 victory over Sunderland, he says he remains similarly grounded in defeat.

“I’ve said before, despite people not particularly liking my pragmatism and my realism, I’m very self-aware of what I am and how I do and what the team is and the teams that I’ve got and how we play. But I’ll keep it to myself.”

Looking ahead to next Sunday’s derby, he added: “A great game. We’ve lost one away and then we’ve got a huge game coming up. It should be exciting for everybody. It’ll be great if we win, it’ll be bloody horrible if we lose."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was pleased with both his team's display and their victory.

“I’m delighted," he said. "We had to marry up a good performance with a good result because we didn’t do that last time out at Nottingham Forest, so it was important that we got our rewards for a decent, solid display.

“Especially in the first half I thought we were really good and you have to accept that when you’re in the Championship teams are going to come roaring back at you. And to keep a clean sheet with the players that they’ve got at the top of the pitch is very pleasing.”

The Blades are second but Wilder isn't getting carried away: “Just another 26 points to go and we’ll be all right!"

Is that really how he's looking at things? "It should be the expectation for the supporters, because we’ve been out of the division for six years, so to stay in the division would be good.

“We’ll set our own targets along the way. My target is always win the next game and after the Forest game it was prepare ourselves and make sure we get the maximum out of the break and go again.”


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CalmoreBlue added 18:44 - Oct 14
Blimey every sides going to be top 6 come May.
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Bluetone added 18:46 - Oct 14
quote “If you keep doing the same thing and it’s not working, that’s a real definition of madness.” You should know McCarthy its your favourite stubborn minded tactic.
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sereneblue added 18:49 - Oct 14
Evans,grow a pair and get rid of this fossil.
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jas0999 added 18:54 - Oct 14
We got what we deserved Mick. Nothing. There is no place for this dire, negative football at ITFC. You’ve proved you can attack, but equally proved given the chance you’d prefer to be negative. The amount of defenders available both on the pitch and subs bench today is laughable. Inexcusable.
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Rensham added 19:01 - Oct 14
Micks doing the best with a limited squad. Plan A didn't work today maybe better luck against a poor Norwich team. COTB
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brittaniaman added 19:09 - Oct 14
For goodness sake you need to take your Blinkers off Dino ??
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Jewels added 19:19 - Oct 14
Wrong line up again MM. Iorfa shouldn't be starting, he isn't good enough. Midfield wasn't good enough, not enough attack minded players. McGoldrick should never have come off. Ward has been ruined by MM as has Sears
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Rensham added 19:22 - Oct 14
Play Webster in midfield. got a good feeling about next Sunday. will definitely give them more of game than Hull. confident of a classy 2-0 win
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itfchorry added 19:22 - Oct 14
Please leave
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alfromcol added 19:25 - Oct 14
Early season optimism is fast disappearing, could be another season of dross
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BlueArrow added 19:37 - Oct 14
Can't be rs'd to comment on another poor performance
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TimmyH added 19:39 - Oct 14
Yawn!...I've heard him use that phrase before, couldn't be bothered to read the rest. No more excuses please Mick, we keep getting nothing at better sides - say no more!!

You must do better and quickly, no point saying MM out as we all know his mate Marcus will let him see his contract out. God forbid if he gives him an extension.
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TimmyH added 19:41 - Oct 14
Rensham - what you should say is against a 'poorer' Norwich team - but still better than us.

By the way nice post @CalmoreBlue :)
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KiwiTractor added 19:51 - Oct 14
“If you keep doing the same thing and it’s not working, that’s a real definition of madness.” ..... are you serious??
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Mark added 19:52 - Oct 14
Another disappointing defeat, such a shame after the good start to the season. When chasing the game I would have thought we could have tried Celina and McGoldrick together for a bit.

It feels very unlikely that we can beat a Norwich side next Sunday who haven't lost since 26th August and since then have won at Sheff Utd, Brentford, Middlesbrough and Reading. So much is now resting on next Sunday, as win and it will be brilliant but lose and the season will feel in tatters already.
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Rensham added 19:53 - Oct 14
be careful what you wish for we could end up with terry connor as manager for the rest of the season. Norwich are no way better than us. they haven't beaten a top ten team either
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smellmycheese added 19:59 - Oct 14
You still here DINOSAUR ?
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smellmycheese added 20:01 - Oct 14
14k through the gate, same mind numbing tactics as last season: cannot believe how you are still in a job
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prebbs007 added 20:03 - Oct 14
You're an absolute idiot Muck. While you continue to pick calamity Chambers (how he was selected ahead of Spence who has been light years ahead of him this season I've no idea) slowcoach Skuse (my pet snail has more pace and probably passing ability aswell) and Knudsen as a CB then the team will struggle. No creativity, no guile, no clue. Please go now before we get dragged down the table further. A deaf dumb blind zebra could do a better job !!!
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christiand added 20:50 - Oct 14
I don't know why MM doesn't just admit that we are going to concede another poor defensive goal during the press conferences on a Thursday or a Friday prior to the game? At least it gets it out of the way early. He refers to the fact the sign of madness is keep doing the same thing, but we generally do particularly in how we defend - nothing changes or seems to be addressed.

Looking forward to listening to MM's presser on Friday as he describes Norwich City as a combination of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Then it's Burton Albion, they must be the equivalent of Bayern Munich? Can really see it being a while before we get our next 3 points!
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Taricco_Fan added 21:20 - Oct 14
@rensham...

Norwich aren't a poor team. Far from it. They've had a poor start under a foreign manager with no experience of English football but will be up there come May.
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MickMillsTash added 21:54 - Oct 14
This was a better Ipswich performance than many last year but there was not enough quality.
Main differences in confidence, strength , but mainly again at full back. They attached time after time down the flanks - simple stuff - get crosses in - Iorfa and Kenlock were poor going back and forward

We need to stop singing that song about Iorfa- ''he never keeps the ball in play'' - his passing is poor, he does not have a trick - he is a centre back.
Kenlock looked good last year but has not kicked on and after falling asleep for the goal I think he chances will be restricted
We've been cr@p at right back for years and McCarthy should have addressed this buy now- Is Wolfenden any good?
Knudsen MOM
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bobble added 22:57 - Oct 14
slip sliding away.....
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Rensham added 23:15 - Oct 14
well they looked rubbish against hull
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TimmyH added 23:59 - Oct 14
Yeah your right there Rensham Norwich were rubbish, okay Hull had a player sent off but they had 25 attempts on goal! - as you say poor, by our own high standards we expect at least 30 a match.

Huge dose of sarcasm there for you...
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