McCarthy: Play-Offs Now Unlikely
Tuesday, 20th Feb 2018 17:06
Boss Mick McCarthy admits that it’s now unlikely that the Blues will finish in the play-offs this season.
Town are currently 12th, eight points from the top six, with 14 games remaining, including tomorrow’s home match against second-placed Cardiff City.
“It is [now unlikely that we’ll make the play-offs],” McCarthy conceded. “I’m not writing it off because I never would but we’re playing a team who I’ve just been told haven’t lost since New Year’s Day and they’re a very good side.
“There are some really good teams in the top six and we’re eight points behind them. There’s 14 games to play, the top six teams generally get one and a half points a game, maybe even more.
“So they’re going to get 21 points, that leaves us needing 30 points from 14 games and we’ve not had that form all season.
“So unless the form book completely collapses, it’s unlikely. But we’ll try to get to that tally.”
Is there now added motivation to finish ahead of Norwich after their late, late equaliser in Sunday's derby?
“I think that’s always the case,” he said. “That would be nice, to finish above them. I don’t want to finish 17th and 18th or wherever we finish, we want to be going up the table. But it would be pleasing if we did.”
Has the season’s biggest frustration been failing to claim all three points in games such as Sunday's when Town have been on top?
“I guess there have also been times when we’ve not played that well and we’ve endured and Bart’s made a save,” he reflected. “Burton could be one of them.
“Derby we beat away from home and yet they probably had about 20 shots and they had one fly past the post and missed a header late on, so maybe we got away with that.
“But the points we’ve given up, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich, are appalling points to give him.”
He says they’re the type of matches which tend to remain with you as a manager: “Yes, of course. There’s lots of games I remember vividly for different reasons.
"I prefer to remember the good ones and the things that have happened and they don’t stick with me, they tend to drift away. It’s the bloody bad ones that keep coming back and haunting you!”
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