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McCarthy: Result We Needed to Get Fans Back On Side
Saturday, 13th Jan 2018 18:38

Boss Mick McCarthy felt the Blues played really well and was really pleased with the win as Town beat 10-man Leeds United 1-0 at Portman Road, a result he admitted was needed to get the fans back on side. Bersant Celina won it with what McCarthy described as a “bit of magic” in the 67th minute.

“I thought it was a really tough game against a team that’s in good form, they’ve got good players,” he said.

“I haven’t seen the sending off, somebody says he’s head-butted him. If that’s the case he deserves to be sent off.

“But that doesn’t make it easy, we’ve scrapped away. We needed a result over and above everything because we’ve had three defeats on the bounce and we needed to get our fans back on side here.

“I think their fans have helped more than anything else to get them back on side because they were brilliant, they’ve created an atmosphere that was brilliant to play in and manage in.

“But they’re a good side and we’ve had to scrap it out. We’ve played well, I’m really pleased.”

Regarding Celina’s brilliant winner, he added: “That’s risk and reward. I did say, ‘Thank goodness you did’ because sometimes he was causing us as many problems as he was causing them, losing it.

“But that’s Santie, that’s what you get with him. He works his socks off, he is a proper little character on the pitch. He kept trying to stay wide and him and Myles linked up a bit.

“I said to him and Didzy in the first half, it wasn’t happening for them. They’re the magic really for us, if they’re going to create something.

“Maybe it wasn’t the game for them, I don’t know, and I’m being me, having a dig at them, but perhaps it wasn’t the game, it was a tough game. But that one bit of magic in the second half wins us the game, which is great.”

If it had gone into Row Z might he have had words with the on-loan Manchester City man? “No, I’d have said well done. That doesn’t matter, does it? That’s hypothetical that because it didn’t.

“We kept encouraging him to get the ball and take them on. He had a couple of crosses to the far post, he went over Dom twice and cut back.

“But that’s him. And it’s not easy to be that little magician in a game like that, it’s tough and it wasn’t easy for their good players either. But if you find that one bit at the end which wins the game then brilliant.”

He says that’s why Celina is in his team: “Of course, and we had Tom Lawrence last year and had the wee man Ryan Fraser who also managed to produce those kind of things for us. What we really need is one that’s ours!”

Dean Gerken made his first league start since April 2017 in goal and impressed his manager: “Remarkable really because he hadn’t trained up until the beginning of this week. He’s had a great week’s training.

“I said to him, ‘If that’s you injured, I’d like to be injured’ because he was fabulous. Bart’s got a calf strain and, to be fair, I think he was still hoping he could play but I told him he wasn’t playing.

“It was 19-to-one, I thought - play one game, get injured. Gerks has done what he’s always done when he’s played, he’s played well and remarkably he’s had a clean sheet out of it.”

Inevitably Bartosz Bialkowski’s absence led to conspiracy theories suggesting the Pole, who until recently was interesting Crystal Palace, is on the verge of departing, but McCarthy dismissed such claims.

“It’s funny, somebody reminded me of a quote of mine at Leeds when we drew one-all. Somebody said to me it was the funniest quote he’d ever heard and I couldn’t remember saying it, but then I did,” he recalled.

“It was when we were at Leeds and we drew one-all and we gave a penalty away. We’d murdered them, we should have won and somebody said, ‘Some people might think that’s two points dropped’ and I said, ‘Some people can f*** off!’.

“So, those some people can think Bart was out the team because he wasn’t injured - similarly! Does that answer the question?”

McCarthy, who has added young French defender Chris Goteni to his squad, says he’ll continue the search for further additions in the week ahead.

“Of course, as always plates are spinning, that’s probably the same with everybody else and we’ll see which ones fall on whose head. I hope it’s not mine.”

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen said: “I am disappointed about the result and sorry for my players that we didn’t take something positive from the game.

“I have spoken to Eunan [about the red card] and he has said that the opponent [Jonas Knudsen] went to him and they touched each other.

“But the one that went down, it was him who provoked. There was no sign that he [O’Kane] goes to reply. The one who goes to the ground is the one who stayed on the pitch.

“I believe my player and I have also seen a video – that is where I take my conclusion.

“I was happy with the way they responded and at half-time my message was that we still wanted to take the three points and I believed we could.

“If we had played 11 against 11 I believe we would have taken the three points, for sure.

“I hope we will appeal the decision. There is no evidence that he [O’Kane] goes to him [Knudsen]. He just faced him and when there’s a contact it was provocation and the referee fell for it.” He added: “It has been a really tough week but like the players in the second half we are warriors and we want to fight back.

“I am proud of my players because of the effort that they showed and everyone in the stadium also recognises it was not right that we lost this game."

Regarding Celina's winner, he said: "It was a nice goal but perhaps we could have defended it better."

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jabberjackson added 18:46 - Jan 13
What a complete and utter k**b

jabberjackson added 18:47 - Jan 13
I'm 'ilarious me...
So bloody quoteable...

horsehollerer added 18:50 - Jan 13
"Everyone in the stadium recognises it was not right that we lost this game."
Really? Everyone?
Christiansen sounds like a good fit for Leeds.

Daz added 18:50 - Jan 13
Well mick its common for players close on a move to be left out and a club to say no they r not. So thx for your common responce

ronnyd added 18:51 - Jan 13
I wouldn,t call no wins in four for Leeds as being on good form Mick old son.

TimmyH added 18:53 - Jan 13
'They're a good side, they've got good players, they're in good form' - I didn't bother to read the rest. No Mick Leeds blow hot and cold and when they blow cold Accrington Stanley or should I say Newport can beat them!

Anyway does 1 game get 'the supporters back on side'?...not me for one.

blue75 added 18:53 - Jan 13
The red card happened in front of where I sit Jonas went down way too easy but O’kane Should never of put his head in like that Ref had no choice thank you O’kane you numpty and Jonas did what he had to Garner would be proud! Mick you got a win was never going to happen against 10 men!! Celina helped you out with his worldy but you can’t say that can you? Only when the opposition scor those!!! Leeds were off the boil today but we were at them it was like the team ignored the managers usual instructions and tried to win a game!!! Glad we did and what a atmosphere please if anything is learnt from today’s game please move the away fans back towards the Sir Bobby Robson it helped make the game today!! I’m still for McCarthy out but I’ve gone home a happy blue for a change COYB!!!

Carberry added 18:57 - Jan 13
Funny Leeds didn't capitulate and concede 4 in 9 minutes after the sending off.
A very backhanded compliment for Celina winning the game for us too.
And does he really believe the fans are back on side?

StringerBell added 18:58 - Jan 13
You’ll never get me back on side McCarthy with your appalling brand of football.

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:03 - Jan 13

Daz added 19:05 - Jan 13
Mick comment if you missex it.

"And I said, ‘Some people can f*** off!’.

“So, those some people can think Bart was out the team because he wasn’t injured - similarly! Does that answer the question?”

thebeat added 19:05 - Jan 13
Praise the opposition even if they aren't on a great run ✅
Kiss Gerkens arse ✅
Praise the opposition fans ✅
Claim it's tough to play against 10 men even though he claimed the result was decided when we went down to 10 men at Fulham ✅
Tell the fans to f**k off ✅
Yeah cheers for that Mick 👍🏻

Mark added 19:07 - Jan 13
A really important win, and I felt on a real low going into the match and I am sure many fans did too. It's an important 3 points to keep us well clear of the bottom three and to take us towards the summer. Where the club goes in the summer though, I do not know. We really do need a long-term plan yet don't even know who the manager will be after May.

Anyway, a bright performance today and a big lift for everyone.

Rensham added 19:11 - Jan 13
Fantastic result. Imagine what we could do if we played 10 men every week.
Well done Mick, fans back on side and top six still within range. COYB

midastouch added 19:20 - Jan 13
He says that’s why Celina is in his team: “Of course, and we had Tom Lawrence last year and had the wee man Ryan Fraser who also managed to produce those kind of things for us. What we really need is one that’s ours!”
Wow, I'm actually agreeing with Mick here for a change! As much as I'm not a Mick fan I can't fault any of those 3 loans, they were and are all top quality, no argument there whatsoever. If Fraser had of stayed fit that season could of been a whole lot better. We looked great that season until we got thumped away to Reading and then the wheels came off a bit and when Fraser got badly injured it was pretty much season over! Was pleased to see him score against Everton the other day. Was gutted when he didn't get to play away at Man Utd in the League Cup. I read somewhere I think he is a Man Utd fan (not so keen on that!) so I thought the Mick should of let him play (or at least come off the bench) as can you imagine how desperate he must of been to play at the home ground of the club he'd supported as a kid.

midastouch added 19:24 - Jan 13
Not so keen about his mumbo jumbo about risk and reward though. I don't mind Celina losing the ball once and twice when he ultimately produces the goods like that. If you don't take a risk and run at players and try and make something happen what is the alternative, pinging it side to side all afternoon like a line dancing convention!? CELINA IS THE MAN!!!

Rensham added 19:27 - Jan 13
Celina is another Lawrence. Make the best of him while we have him.

manualthetisfanclub added 19:34 - Jan 13
Christiansen =🛎🔚, that Leeds manager talking crap! Alright it wasn't a great game, will never know if result different 11v11, the fact is his team lost their heads and that was it! Once celina scored their tactics had to change and made it more open than it should have been! As for Mick, he keeps provoking the fans with his snide remarks, better off parting of ways in the summer!

dangerous30 added 19:37 - Jan 13
Happy with any 3 points well done town 😀

Surco72 added 19:42 - Jan 13
It will take more than a win against an off former team down to ten men . I will only be back on side when you have left MM

Edmundo added 19:44 - Jan 13
Got to feel good after that result. Makes a pretty s### start to the year at Portman Road feel better. ME still needs to sell, or pull a plan out of his a###.

warktheline added 19:57 - Jan 13
Jeez! This guy grinds you down constantly ! Negative football brain no doubt about it! Nice to bag the points.

Jesney_Havoc added 20:09 - Jan 13
One of the most clear cut red cards I’ve ever seen. Right in front of me. Knudsen was unsteady on his feet whe he tried to stand. Very nasty and unnecessary challenge. Dorty Leeds just will not change.

wayway added 20:22 - Jan 13
The only way you will get fans back onside is to resign

Cakeman added 20:56 - Jan 13
Great win against an unlikeable club BUT Mr McCarthy you haven’t got me back onside and you never will.

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