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McCarthy: We Got the Point We Deserved
Saturday, 18th Nov 2017 18:39

Town boss Mick McCarthy felt Jordan Spence’s 88th minute goal secured his side a point they deserved from their 2-2 draw at Hull City.

“It’s a valuable point, a well-earned point, I thought.” McCarthy reflected. “I don’t think we’ve nicked anything by any stretch of the imagination.

“I thought we started well and I thought we let them off the hook in the first 20 minutes, then they got into it.

“They’ll complain about the goals they conceded and I’ll complain about the goals we conceded because that’s always the way.

“And the first half they had more possession, but we were well-organised and disciplined, although I was disappointed with the goal.

"Second half, a far more open game without either keeper having lots of shots to save, despite the openness of the game. I can complain about the second goal [we conceded].

“I thought it was a penalty. What really pleases me is that having had the penalty saved, it generally knocks the stuffing out of a team, we responded.

“Their crowd were up, their bench were up and they think they are going to win then, but my lads kept going, which was great. I think we got the point that we deserved, to be honest, out of the whole game.”

Town have now taken 10 points from losing positions this season - and have scored nine goals from the 88th minute onwards - which McCarthy says illustrates the never-say-die attitude of his squad.

“We’ve been at Barnsley were we’ve been 1-0 down and won 2-1, “ he recalled. “We’ve been at Burton where we were 1-0 down and beat them 2-1. You know there’s a good team spirit, I don't need to tell you that.

“That fighting spirit has been evident in my teams wherever I’ve been. We might not be the best, but we keep going. It’s a very endearing quality to have.”

Joe Garner almost picked up a second yellow card for clashing with Michael Hector soon after being cautioned for fouling the on-loan Chelsea defender but McCarthy had no problem with the former Preston and Rangers man playing on the edge in that manner.

“It doesn't matter whether I'm happy or not, he's always going to play that way, that’s the way he plays and I love him for it," he said.

"The guy nicked the ball, he tried to get the ball off him [ahead of a Town freekick]. They were all screaming for a sending off, which was bonkers, and I thought the referee handled it well.”

McCarthy revealed that Emyr Huws, who had been expected to return to the 18 for the first time this season, has picked up a minor hamstring injury but is expected to train on Sunday or Monday.

He added: “It was a really good performance away from home. We've been quite open. The lads who have had to do the dirty work, Bersant and Didzy, they've all put a really good shift in.

"We've got Callum Connolly, who is playing in midfield, I thought he did really well. Everyone has contributed to it, including the subs who came on. It’s a deserved point.

"It certainly doesn't knock confidence by getting a point in that manner and the time that we got it, and the way that we played as well."

Hull manager Leonid Slutsky thought his team played better than in previous matches, despite allowing the lead to slip so late on.

“Last time we had a lot of problems and today we didn’t win but I think the performance was best match in last three,” he said. “I thought how and why it is possible to change the quality.

“We conceded the [first] goal and I was afraid because we stopped playing when we concede at Sheffield United. We had negative moments last time but we are building new team.

“For us today is a step forward because we showed a really good performance. Of course, I understand the disappointment in the result but we have to focus on positives.

“Of course I am disappointed but the performances from Dicko and Henriksen were particularly pleasing.”

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OwainG1992 added 18:56 - Nov 18
Fair enough comments. Not arrogant or over the top so hopefully for once won't be the vitriol we see at times. Always good to keep the points column moving in the right direction. Onto wednesday!

jas0999 added 20:04 - Nov 18
Four wins from last thirteen in all competitions. Not good enough.

12th_Man added 20:18 - Nov 18
What a load of rubbish I was at the game today and the 1st 20 mins we looked great but after that we became 2nd to everything and Connolly was useless send him back to Everton. Will take a point should have been 3 must play better v Wednesday

Elto added 20:21 - Nov 18
9 wins from 18 in all competitions. Glass half full.

Using the Palace game to beef up your stats is, at best, a little bit strange.

ArnieM added 20:25 - Nov 18
Mid table

minesapint added 20:35 - Nov 18
Let's cut MM a bit of slack for shrewd moves in the transfer market with next to nothing to spend. How much did Spence cost? Who had heard of Kieffer Moore before Mick took him out of non-league football? The strikers signed from Rangers represent a smart bit of business. How come Celina came all the way to Ipswich when clubs much closer to Manchester were showing interest?
Hull City's team cost a great deal more, but they haven't got good value for money. Mick has.

PSGBlue added 20:47 - Nov 18
Where is everyone - have we all totally lost interest in what MM has to say. Last one out of TWTD, please remember to log out!

RevAdrian added 21:00 - Nov 18
PS BLUE. ..mostly yes!

MickMillsTash added 21:55 - Nov 18
A draw was a fair result
The performance of both teams not fair on the fans
Both teams too scared to lose but not competent enough not to concede, few chances, little quality dull dull dull

We should reserve judgement on this years team for when Huws and Adeymi are fit- but when on earth will that be?

poldark added 22:51 - Nov 18
I was there we deserved nothing IDIOT McCarthy

blue75 added 08:19 - Nov 19
Well done McCarthy no dig at the fans! actually a reasonable interview for a change. Thank you Mrs McCarthy for letting him get his leg over Friday night😂😂

essextractorboy93 added 09:09 - Nov 19
Very good point! Both sides could have won it, glad to see Spence pop up at the end like Millwall. Positive result! COYB!

Karlosfandangal added 11:27 - Nov 19

Or 1 defeat in 4, it’s how you like to look at it.

MM will never win last season was lack of goals now the team are scoring second highest in the league. If you go for goals then you will concede unless you are a Man City but we are not we are a Championship side on a limited budget.
A draw away to an ex Prem team seventh in the table and a game in hand. Huws still to come back and Jan transfer window to strengthen the side. All in all better than last season, however work still needs to be done yet moving in the right direction.

MM haters hit the minus button.

Swn98 added 14:29 - Nov 19
Poldark i think you describe yourself

crawford1962 added 17:15 - Nov 19
Just one question..............why didn't Waghorn or Celina take the penalty, thought they the ones who had been successful up to now ?

poldark added 19:45 - Nov 19
Swn98 I have as much right to my opinion as do you I was there yesterday were you ?

oldegold added 09:12 - Nov 20
It's been an absolute pleasure watching McCarthy's side this season -- an exciting style of football, plenty of goals and clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal must watch and wonder why our tactical genius of a manager manager hasn't been poached ....hang on am I dreaming ?

RoyalAscotBlue added 10:25 - Nov 20
Two observations.

1... "Town have now taken 10 points from losing positions this season - and have scored nine goals from the 88th minute onwards - which McCarthy says illustrates the never-say-die attitude of his squad."

Does it? Or does it illustrate that we sit back too much and end up conceding, which then leads to a late surge in attempts. We can definitely score more this season so that is positive. Perhaps if we took the game to the opposition and played more on the front foot we wouldn't need to desperately fight for goals in the last few minutes?

2... An awful lot of people appear to in agreement with the post from minesapint. I'm not sure why?

"Let's cut MM a bit of slack for shrewd moves in the transfer market with next to nothing to spend. How much did Spence cost? Who had heard of Kieffer Moore before Mick took him out of non-league football? The strikers signed from Rangers represent a smart bit of business."

Spence. This is the player that MM originally sent packing, because he wasn't good enough apparently. He only went back for him when he was desperate, and only gave him a very short contract then.

Moore. He absolutely bombed last season. He was totally out of his depth in the few Championship appearances he made. Again he was a desperate signing, at the end of a very poor January window. Perhaps he has found his level in League 1?

Garner and Waghorn. These are very good players, no doubt about that! But they were not MM's targets! He failed to acquire his actual targets and subsequently Garner and Waghorn were offered to him.

Credit where credit is due. I give no credit to MM for these 4 acquisitions. We are fortunate to have these players, in spite of the manager.


Razor added 10:26 - Nov 20
I think for once MM has got it just about right in his summing up but how he thinks Connolly plated well is beyond me.

Very disappointing second goal to concede as we were muscled off the ball and always poor to miss a penalty.

On Hull----the place rocks and would well recommend an overnighter next time!!

Swn98 added 16:12 - Nov 20
Poldark indeed i was there as i am at most matches.

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