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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