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McCarthy Unhappy With Result But Not Performance
Saturday, 6th Jan 2018 18:26

Blues boss Mick McCarthy wasn’t unhappy with Town’s display despite their 1-0 defeat by Sheffield United at Portman Road as they exited the FA Cup at the third round stage for the eighth successive season.

“My assessment is I thought we played well up until the goal,” he said. “I’m not unhappy with the performance.

“I’ve just been asked if I was unhappy with the performance. No, I’m not unhappy with the performance, I’m unhappy with the result.

“And it probably sums this moment in this time up when we have an appeal for a penalty turned down [when Daniel Lafferty appeared to handle Luke Chambers’s early header].

“It could have been given but I’ve no idea what a penalty is now having seen them all this week. But it did hit his hand and it could have been given.

“And then [Nathan Thomas] hits one right in the top corner, that was the difference in the game, certainly in the first half.”

Asked whether he was disappointed that his team didn’t create more in the second half, he said: “It was just our final pass, our final cross wasn’t good. They’re a good side, they defended well, they sat back in and made it difficult to break them down.”

Towards the end the crowd made their frustrations known for the first time in a couple of months.

“It’s only been waiting, it’s only been in the background, it’s never gone away,” McCarthy reflected.

Did he understand the reaction with Town not registering a shot on target? “I can’t really control people’s emotions or reactions, can I? I can only do my best to try and get the team to win games.

“And if we do I guess we get cheered and if we don’t, at this moment, I guess we get jeered and people are wanting change. I can’t help that.

“I think they’re a bit sick of the same old and they want a change, don’t they? I guess that’s understandable. But for the moment that’s not happening.”

The prevailing mood going into the game was less than positive with supporters concerned at players potentially moving on.

Asked whether he understands given that and another early cup exit why spirits among the support might be low at present, he added: “I go back to my earlier comment, with the players I have at my disposal I try and make sure that they play as well as they do and what they always do is give everything, to be fair to them, and try and get a result. And we need to get one asap.”

Defender Tommy Smith is close to joining the Colorado Rapids, Kieffer Moore Barnsley, while David McGoldrick has been linked with Cardiff and Birmingham, and Crystal Palace have shown interest in Bartosz Bialkowski, although we understand have now moved on to another target - understood to be Getafe's Vicente Guaita - following discussions with the Blues this week.

Regarding New Zealand international Smith’s absence from today's squad, he said: “He’s poorly today.”

Quizzed on the interest from the Colorado Rapids, which TWTD reported earlier this afternoon, he added: “Apparently so. I haven’t seen any pictures tweeted in the first class lounge in Heathrow yet, so I’m hoping he’s still poorly. Well, not hoping he’s still poorly, but you know what I mean.

Asked whether he knows anything about the proposed switch, he added: “I’ve not spoken to Colorado Rapids.”

McCarthy says he is not actively looking to sell players - “I’m not looking to get shot of players, no” - and neither is owner Marcus Evans: “No, we’ve got to have a team that competes. We were on the back of the top six four weeks ago. I’d like to be tagging along the back of that again. I don’t want to be getting shot of players.”

The Town boss says it's not the case that the club is giving up on the season with the Blues 12th, still only seven points off the top six.

“We need to get a win. Let’s not start looking at the play-offs, let’s start turning it around and making sure we get a victory," he added.

"We’ve got Leeds coming here next week, it’s not going to be easy, and we need to win really.”

Blades boss Chris Wilder thought his team ought to have made the margin of victory more comfortable after the break.

“I think we had some good chances just after half-time to take the game away from the opposition, so we were a bit frustrated that we didn’t," he said.

“Both teams made a few changes and fortunately our changes were maybe just a touch better on the day than the opposition changes.”

Regarding Thomas’s brilliant winner, he added: “A good goal, a good strike.”

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jas0999 added 18:29 - Jan 6
... not a single shot on target at home to a Sheffield United Reserve side. Yet the manager is not unhappy with the performance. Shocking.

cartman1972 added 18:30 - Jan 6
Oh please.....Ffs MM kindly FO and take that useless Connor with you. Sick of your never-ending BS.

itfchorry added 18:32 - Jan 6
You are an embarrassment

gt81 added 18:33 - Jan 6
If that was a good performance I'd hate to see a rubbish one.

Is it possible to have minus shots on target?

BlueBlood90 added 18:33 - Jan 6
Not disappointed with the performance? We didn’t have a shot on target against Sheffield United reserves. You’re deluded! Do us all a favour and just go.

JimBaxter added 18:36 - Jan 6
The man is deluded and is taking the fans for shots on target at home and he is happy!!

martin587 added 18:36 - Jan 6
How can you be happy when we did NOT have one shot on target.Your comments beggar belief.The uncertainty in this club is clear to see Mick.!!

blue75 added 18:36 - Jan 6
You’re a joke McCarthy have you read your comments you’re happy with the performance even though we didn’t have a shot on target. The only difference was the penalty so what you were playing for the draw? Then you expect us to believe you know nothing about Tommy Smith there’s no player comes in or goes out that you don’t ok as that’s the sort of manager you are!! Your time is up just go!! If the thing keeping him here is a reported £1 million sack fee just stick him on gardening leave and let his contract expire!! Looking forward to people jumping to his defence!!! #mccarthyout

hulltractor added 18:36 - Jan 6
Just do one MM. I can't think of anything else to say. I just know that, Out of spite, you will sign a one year extension.....😡

prebsa added 18:37 - Jan 6
Not unhappy? We didn’t have a shot on target! Please just do one and leave!

itsonlyme added 18:39 - Jan 6
Only a f?!/wit like McCarthy would say he was pleased with that performance. No shot on target and a pathetic display. Please go now and take Evans with you!

bluehook added 18:39 - Jan 6
Losing the match, 10 mins to go, Sears doing nothing, why not bring on Drinan?
Why did nobody ask him in the post match interview?

RegencyBlue added 18:39 - Jan 6
Words fail me!

Please just go.

yungblue added 18:39 - Jan 6
Scandalous. Abissmal assesment of the game, total incorrect assessment.
He’s lost the plot, completely lost the plot, clutching at straws to save his own skin. Fans are disinterested and even the players looked like they were disinterested today.
There’s constant talk of no Finance or backing from ME, but it costs £0.00 to implement a positive, ground passing philosophy.
Change needed immediately!

cat added 18:40 - Jan 6
“Unhappy with the result” this might have been the case had we got a draw, but with a loss, I think not. With the intent shown today, MM’s philosophy of winning at all costs again comes into question. Big clear out required, which looks like it’s in the process, with a new manager and the youth coming through, the future (or next season) might not be as ‘doom & gloom’ as it might appear.

Northstandveteran added 18:46 - Jan 6
"Lets not start looking at the play offs" 😂😂😂😂
Stopped doing that weeks ago mate.
Been looking at how the bottom 3 have been getting on!
Season ticket holder or not, just don't go!

cromwellblue added 18:49 - Jan 6
I think they’re a bit sick of the same old and they want a change, don’t they? I guess that’s understandable. But for the moment that’s not happening.”

For the moment? Another indication that he’s off in May?


BlueFLeece added 18:51 - Jan 6
The bloke who does the post match interview doesn't have the nuts to ask mick the questions we want to here. The interview is pointless grow a pair and ask him why he was happy that we didn’t have a shot on target and as bluehook said why didn’t drinan come on. These are the questions he should ask!

NicRams added 18:52 - Jan 6
I've been a big backer of Mick's but seriously WTF. That was the worst performance I've ever seen. He's got to go.

dirtydingusmagee added 18:52 - Jan 6
Owner ,manager ,DISGRACE,

jocasaja added 18:55 - Jan 6
I am so glad that for the first time ever I decided not to go !...feels like something needs to change if only to get a bit of interest back. For the first time in over 20 yrs as a season ticket holder I am getting totally bored with the whole thing. Never thought I would feel so apathetic about MY CLUB.

ChestnutSe added 18:56 - Jan 6
It was back to last seasons dismal showing with McGoldrick and Sears offering zilch up front. It's the addition of Garner and Wiggy that have brightened this season, that and the performances of Connolly and Besant.i thought Iorfa and Kenlock did ok but showed really why they are behind Knudsen and Spence. The same could be said of Bru as well.

Our main new permanent signings of Garner, Waghorn, Adeyami, Huws and Webster are all good quality and it's a shame we have not been able to field all 5 in the same team for any period of time. Hopefully we can next season.

Our loan signings of Besant and Connolly have also been quality.

Our Academy seems to be producing some decent prospects. Obviously we are all now aware of Bish, Dozell, Flynn and Nydam. I think we also have 3 England youth goal keepers on our books. Ke lock and Emmanuel might eventually be good first teamers as well. Who knows what other gems might be progressing.

It was a cold disappointing afternoon at Portman Road but the future is blue and bright(er). Keep the faith


Rensham added 18:58 - Jan 6
MM "Does it look like I'm bovvered?"

Rensham added 19:01 - Jan 6
@Chesnut Give him a new contract then. See how empty PR can really be.

brittaniaman added 19:03 - Jan 6
If he was pleased with that Performance,, then I suggest that he comes upstairs to Y block and sit beside me and watch the game from above !!! (there was several empty seats) instead of watching the game through players legs.
Haven't YOU GONE YET DINO ????

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