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McCarthy: 1-1 a Fair Reflection From Worst Game
Saturday, 20th Jan 2018 18:14

Town boss Mick McCarthy felt the 1-1 scoreline was the right result from the Blues’ visit to Bolton, a match he felt was the worst he’s seen all season, believing his side didn’t really get going until they’d gone a goal down.

“I think 1-1 is a fair reflection,” he said. “I think it was possibly the worst game I’ve seen all season.

“They’re no mugs and they didn’t make it easy for us. They’re a big, strong powerful team and neither of us [played particularly well], although actually we played great football from 1-0 down.

“When we went 1-0 down a football team turned up and we passed it around and I thought we played well then.

“Up until that point, as I said, it was the worst game, first half, I’ve seen all season and probably for a long time.”

The Blues' best moment of the match was their well-worked goal with debutant sub Stephen Gleeson, Bersant Celina, David McGoldrick and Martyn Waghorn involved as Joe Garner bundled home his ninth of the season.

In the closing minutes Waghorn almost won it with a shot which struck the post.

“I guess when games start getting stretched and people start getting tired, we’ve got quality on the pitch, we showed it and Waggy hit the inside of the post and it flew out,” McCarthy reflected. “We had to scrap it out, it was a tough old game.”

Why was that? There was no lack of attacking ability in the team he fielded: "No, there wasn’t. But both teams worked extremely hard to stop each other playing but it was only with half an hour to go and the goal had gone in that we actually played well.”

The Town boss admitted he was happy with the point: “I’d always take it. We come up here and, I don’t know what it is, do we think we’re Ipswich Town with Sir Bobby Robson still involved here with all the players and we’re a top, top team and we should come here and beat them?

“I don’t think that’s the case. I think Bolton are full of Championship experience. They’ve been having a bit of a resurgence, they are tough to play here. I’ve never come here and had an easy game. And at the end of it I’ll take the point and go down home with it in my pocket.”

McCarthy was pleased with his debutants, midfielder Gleeson, who came on at half-time, and centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers, who started.

“Yes, it’s not easy,” he added. “I was really pleased with [Carter-Vickers], it’s not an easy one playing against Gary Madine, he’s on fire, he scored his goal, he’s such a big unit, but I thought Cameron and Chambo played well.

“And I thought Stephen Gleeson was the outstanding player when he came on, I thought he was a mile above everybody else in terms of getting it and passing it and a bit of quality when he turned them around and put it up the sides of them. And he was involved in the goal, he played really well.”

Given that the 29-year-old Irishman had been out-of-favour at Birmingham and had played only seven games this season prior to today, his display was particularly impressive.

“Well, I know him,” McCarthy continued. “I saw a comment about me signing somebody [else] and fans were underwhelmed. I bet they were underwhelmed when I signed Glees as well, but that’s why they’re fans and that's why I’m the manager.”

He says the Carter-Vickers loan deal came about via academy head of player development Bryan Klug, who worked with the defender during his time coaching at Spurs.

“We were spinning plates for the last two, nearly three weeks and Bryan Klug actually came in and said to me on Thursday morning, ‘Would I be interested in Cameron Carter-Vickers?’,” McCarthy revealed.

“I said, ‘Has he left Sheffield United?’ and he said, ‘He has, he’s gone back to Spurs’ and I said, ‘Yes, I would’.

“I saw him play here, he scored here, the winner when I came to watch the game before we played Bolton.

“And I’ve been impressed with him. He’s not the biggest, he’s not 6ft 4, but he jumps and he heads it, he’s tough, he’s powerful and he’ll play a lot better than he did today because the game did nobody any favours for 60 minutes.”

McCarthy says Gleeson has a chance to win himself a longer stay at Portman Road: “For sure, we’ve taken his contract, he’s our player to the end of the season and I think he showed his quality.

“I’ve known from the start of the window I’ve been trying to find Glees, but we’ve had Luke Hyam coming back, however, he’s played one game in 18 months.

“We’ve had Tristan coming back, but he’s 18. Flynn’s not yet back. Tom Adeyemi’s not yet back.

“Skusey’s got an ankle injury and he’s come off again today. But apparently it was us that was making all the bad tackles, I thought every tackle of ours was a foul, apparently.

“Skusey’s got a knock on his ankle again and signing Glees was as much to cover that because he sits in that position, he gets the ball, he does a really good defensive job. Callum and Skusey have been great and if I lose one of them it makes our team weaker.”

McCarthy says that’s all the January business he’ll do unless someone were to move on: “I think so. I don’t think we’ll be taking anybody in. I think we’ve got a front four that’s doing well. Freddie comes on and he’s always a threat.

“Aaron Drinan, I’m pleased with him, I’d have no problem playing him. No, I think that’s us, I’m hoping Adam Webster will be back and we get Jordan Spence back next week after his suspension.”

McCarthy confirmed that Carter-Vickers’s recruitment means Tommy Smith’s move to the Colorado Rapids will now be completed.

“Tommy will be moving on,” he added. “It’s a good opportunity for him, he wants to play first-team football and we can use that salary to get somebody else in now, I hope.”

McCarthy also poured cold water on claims that Bersant Celina’s loan could be cut short and the Manchester City man could be sold during the window with Werder Bremen, Espanyol and Torino all said to be interested in signing the Kosovo international.

“Go back to what I told you right at the very start of this arrangement,” he said. “He’s our player. Bersant’s our player to the end of the season.”

Werder Bremen’s sporting director Frank Baumann has also distanced his club from the link.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson admitted it felt like two points dropped: "When you're ahead in a game and as comfortable as we were [it does]."

"However, Ipswich have got some very talented front players - Martyn Waghorn, Joe Garner and David McGoldrick - and the one moment where they unlocked us, a real bit of quality in and around the box, has produced their equaliser.

"Our performance level was good considering we've had to play Dervite, who hasn't played for a long time. Mark Beevers went down ill but I thought Dorian Dervite was man of the match.

"Karl Henry has come into the team after only two days of training, so maybe we did fatigue a bit towards the end of the game.

"That was probably a factor which cost us, but it's another important point and keeps us out of the bottom three.

"We can now work over the next two weeks on reshaping the squad for the big push towards the end of the season."

Meanwhile, Parkinson felt Town midfielder Callum Connolly should have been red-carded for an alleged elbow which left Sammy Ameobi requiring treatment in the erly stages.

“You may have seen my reaction, I was thinking ‘Was I the only one in this stadium who saw him catch him?’” he said.

“To be fair to the lad Connolly, he was aggressive in midfield and played well, caught a few players, but I was right in front of it.

"I didn’t expect the ref to see it because he was right on the other side but the fourth official and linesman had a clear view of him swinging and cutting Sammy just above his eye. On another day that could easily have been a red card.

“Gary Madine got booked first half for a late tackle, and that was fair enough, but how could someone who has flinged their elbow and cut someone’s eye open not at least get booked?

“He needed to rely on his linesman and fourth official – but they say they didn’t see it.”

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DJpatrovers1 added 18:16 - Jan 20
Just not good enough, change in summer please..
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blueboy1981 added 18:17 - Jan 20
........ it will always be a poor game Mick - when all you do is go out to preserve the point you start with.

The capability is within to take the game to such teams from the off - but you never use it.
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Westy added 18:19 - Jan 20
Oh but for a bit more ambition to win games. We only start playing afer we go behind.
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prebsa added 18:22 - Jan 20
Here he goes telling us Bolton are no mugs and one of 24 that could win the league and having a pop at the fans. Can’t wait till next season starts when mick is nowhere near the club!
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bluehook added 18:28 - Jan 20
“Freddie is always a threat” 😂😂😂😂😂😂
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Bluetone added 18:30 - Jan 20
" we think we’re Ipswich Town with Sir Bobby Robson still involved here with all the players and we’re a top, top team and we should come here and beat them?"

Yes we remember the days when we had a proper team playing proper football and a top, top manager.
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bluearmy81 added 18:31 - Jan 20
How dare he mention Sir Bobby. The man’s not worthy of him. Bobby was a gentleman. Mr McCarthy you are certainly not.
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jas0999 added 18:33 - Jan 20
The arrogance of this man is simply remarkable. I know he’s frustrated and probably feels a bit aggrieved with the criticism he gets. But often it’s warranted. Why didn’t we attack from the off? Why were we so poor? Bolton aren’t a good team. We should win these games. The comments regarding Gleeson is exactly why his relationship with the fans is beyond repair.

It just feels to me that the whole club has given up. No more signings, which leaves us with one loan, one for the development squad and a free on a short term deal. Hardly inspiring nor good enough if we seriously did want to challenge top six. Probably wouldn’t rule out a sale or two either.

Club continues to stagnate. We are no longer a club full of tradition. Proud. As Mick for once correctly says, we aren’t the club of Sir Bobbys era. That’s mainly thanks to Mick and Evans.
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Talbs77 added 18:35 - Jan 20
"That's why there the fans and I'm the Manager" why oh why does he have to come out with comments like that??!
We have been at this club a lot longer than he has and will be long after he's gone.

His arrogance never ceases to amaze me.

Another season bobbling along in mid table they say it's the hope that kills you but this club sucks it out of as the season goes on sick and tired of battling/balancing the books b@llocks while clubs who have no parachute money like Derby and Bristol city make great strides forward with committed ambitious owners.
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MoscowBlueMule added 18:37 - Jan 20
Boys above, if you gonna have a pop and least do it with something to back it up.

MM is absoultly right, Bolton are no mugs. They won at Sheff Utd, beaten Cardiff, beat the scum, taken more points off Fulham than us, and i'm sure there are others.

As much as I'd love 3 points each Sat, we have no god given right. It's a tough, tough league, probably none tougher in the world. Hate to say it, and wish i could turn the clock back, football has moved on.
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MoscowBlueMule added 18:37 - Jan 20
Boys above, if you gonna have a pop and least do it with something to back it up.

MM is absoultly right, Bolton are no mugs. They won at Sheff Utd, beaten Cardiff, beat the scum, taken more points off Fulham than us, and i'm sure there are others.

As much as I'd love 3 points each Sat, we have no god given right. It's a tough, tough league, probably none tougher in the world. Hate to say it, and wish i could turn the clock back, football has moved on.
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MoscowBlueMule added 18:37 - Jan 20
Boys above, if you gonna have a pop and least do it with something to back it up.

MM is absoultly right, Bolton are no mugs. They won at Sheff Utd, beaten Cardiff, beat the scum, taken more points off Fulham than us, and i'm sure there are others.

As much as I'd love 3 points each Sat, we have no god given right. It's a tough, tough league, probably none tougher in the world. Hate to say it, and wish i could turn the clock back, football has moved on.
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ianmarshall10 added 18:37 - Jan 20
Freddie Sears should be sold this window then replaced for some reason hasent turned up this season.

After being 1-0 down so late on a draw is a good result but would say our 4 most threatening players playing is a concern to draw against a team like Bolton.
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MoscowBlueMule added 18:38 - Jan 20
sorry, didn't mean to put that 3 times! in moscow, the Russians are probably monitoring it for content :)
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bluearmy81 added 18:39 - Jan 20
I think my Gran coming off the bench would be more of a threat than ‘ runaround Freddy’
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oldegold added 18:42 - Jan 20
Sir Bobby was the MAN. McCarthy has been past his sell by date for a number of years now and his refusal to step down and hold on for one last delicious pay check is repugnant. He is totally incapable of changing tack and giving us good football. Can't wait to see the back of him...
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bluearmy81 added 18:49 - Jan 20
Sorry jas0999 meant to up vote you
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TimmyH added 18:55 - Jan 20
Counting down the days until the end of the season when hopefully Mick leaves (not guaranteed)...
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alfromcol added 18:57 - Jan 20
-20 Bolton's goal difference and we go looking for a point. Says it all.

MM your time is up - Goodbye.
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alfromcol added 19:02 - Jan 20
ONLY 106 days and counting, until the last game of the season and hopefully MM will be gone!
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Lukeybluey added 19:02 - Jan 20
Gleesy? ... D'ya reckon?
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Bert added 19:09 - Jan 20
Most of the comments above make me feel that I have misread what MM has had to say. Hasn't he said we did not turn up until our goal, that it's the worst he has seen this season etc. What is arrogant about that ? He is right, we are not in a Robson era so can we expect much more when we have peanuts to play with ? The players know where the goal is so it's mainly down to them to find it . MM has given an honest appraisal of the game and his thinking. We may not think he is the right manager to move us forward but come on, some of the posts on here are just plain daft.
PS He isn't right about Sears !
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Bert added 19:10 - Jan 20
....... and Wolves today did not have a shot on goal so it happens to the best of teams.
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Tractorboy1985 added 19:22 - Jan 20
Why not just leave ‘skusey’ on the bench or give him a one way ticket and actually play a forward thinking midfielder??? Or perhaps buy one!!!
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runaround added 19:39 - Jan 20
Says he has no fears of playing Drinan yet doesn’t bring him on....again. It’s Mick Risk Adverse take a point love what I say attitude that is so much of the problem. We know we are not the Ipswich Town of the Sir Bobby era, but we do ask for a team to be put out looking to try & win the game rather than trying not to lose it plus actually giving cup competitions a go. Micks tactics away are always the same & Derby aside our away form in last 3 months is awful yet Mick will not change tactics. That’s why I am a supporter and he’s a manager I guess. Change of manager is overdue & vital
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