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McCarthy Hoping Two-Goal Waghorn Can Now Go on a Run
Tuesday, 6th Mar 2018 22:47

Town boss Mick McCarthy hopes top scorer Martyn Waghorn can go on a goalscoring run having ended his drought by scoring twice as the Blues won 2-1 away at Sheffield Wednesday. McCarthy, who has never lost a game as a manager at Hillsborough, felt his side's "good team performance" was worthy of the three points.

“I think overall we’ve deserved to win,” he said. “I think it was a right, royal scrap in the first half, we didn’t allow them to play.

“For the last few years they’ve been a really good football team, they’d have passed it around and made the pitch big.

“I thought we stopped that, we matched them in every department. I thought we just shaded it, although I know Bart saved one with his face early on, it’s hit him in the kipper, but he kept it out the net, which he’s pretty good at.

“And then I think in the second half we’ve been the better team. I know they got into it when they scored, that’s always the case, they’re going to push, but it’s great to see Waggy get his goals and the second was real quality and I think we deserved it overall.”

Waghorn hadn’t scored for 15 games prior to today’s brace, does McCarthy think the summer signing from Rangers can now go on a run?

“I sincerely hope so!” he said. “I was getting growly at him in the first half because he shot from about 30 yards and missed at the near post, and then he hit one with his right foot.

“It looked like he was getting frustrated at not scoring, and I know he was. He started snatching at them and doing things he shouldn’t, so for him now to get his goals he can calm down a bit, play his game and he’ll get more.”

Regarding the winning goal, he added: “When we got the freekick, TC was telling him to shoot. Whether he took that on board or not or he just decided himself I don’t know. You see the corners and the freekicks he takes, he’s got a wand of a left foot.”

The victory was Town’s second in a row, their first back-to-back victories since winning at Derby a the end of November and then at home to Nottingham Forest at the start of December. Does McCarthy feel his side how has some momentum at a vital stage of the season with only 11 games left to play?

“I hope so,” he continued. “Two really good wins, to go to Preston and Sheffield Wednesday.

“Of course, having missed the Hull game, I was asked whether it would affect us and I said I hoped it wouldn’t and it didn’t. We’ve still got that game to play on Tuesday next. Six points from two games is great.”

The win moves Town seven points from the play-offs with a game in hand but McCarthy continues to play down his team’s chances of making the top six having previous ruled the Blues out of the running.

“Still have,” he insisted. “I keep saying, I didn’t say we’d stop trying, ‘That’s it, we’ll pack up and stop playing and stop trying to win games and get there.

“But I still think it’s too much. Seven points behind you say? With a game in hand? Let’s hope we win the game in hand, eh?”

The Town boss was pleased with the impact subs Freddie Sears and Grant Ward made: “I think Muzzy did some really good work, dropping deep, picking it up and running but we had a different threat when Freddie came on. He runs in behind, stretches it and he was excellent, as he has been. He’s very selfless.

“Grant Ward as well, but they’ve all played well, it’s been a good team performance by us today.”

Regarding Mustapha Carayol, who was replaced by Sears in the first half having picked up an injury, he said: “He’s hurt his groin.”

Sheffield Wednesday have now lost five in a row in all competitions and are without a win in six. Manager Jos Luhukay says as a result his players are lacking in confidence.

“I think over 90 minutes we have a team with no belief in themselves," he said.

"They don’t have the confidence to play offensively and to create chances and over 90 minutes I think there were only two or three chances that we had, and Lucas [Joao] scored one of them.

“But it was not enough today to make a result or to get the points. Ipswich also had maybe three chances and they scored twice and, of course, it was a fantastic freekick, the second goal.

“At the end we have not the dynamic for playing offensively with more movement, with more chances to come to a good result.”

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black_shuck added 22:52 - Mar 6
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

ipswichthickandthin added 22:53 - Mar 6
How do we keep getting these injuries and it always seems to be the quality players not the proper blokes

Elto added 22:57 - Mar 6
You've used that one before Shuckie. Must try harder.

Mark added 23:01 - Mar 6
Back-to-back away wins, fantastic! I was sceptical when I saw the defensive line up, but it worked and we won the game so well done to the manager and the team. Nice to see Waghorn scoring against, and good to be 3 points ahead of Norwich with a better goal difference.

NickRaw added 23:08 - Mar 6
Good on you Mick - keep proving the 'boo boys' wrong!

pazzy added 00:07 - Mar 7
mick knows the ropes and how to nick points keep the winning run going lets destroy unt and hull and get away from the Norfolk knobs

BillyBaxterwasbest added 00:17 - Mar 7
Well done Town well done Mick.

Eireannach_gorm added 01:39 - Mar 7
Mexiteers light on the ground here tonight

blue75 added 04:12 - Mar 7
Well done McCarthy you’ve proved again that you can grind out results away now prove us doubters wrong and attack from the off at home that’s all most of us want!!

bobble added 05:55 - Mar 7
we are 19pts and 21 goals away from the target, its mick who should go

muccletonjoe added 07:12 - Mar 7
Was expecting to see a long list of comments and then I realised we won and you can't really write Mick out after this and giving praise would be against the grain. So sit tight all you wallys I am sure your time will come again if you wait long enough.

runaround added 07:15 - Mar 7
Ees great is Waggy
But he still is no Tabby

grumpyoldman added 08:17 - Mar 7
Muccletonjoe, how often do you comment when we lose?

muhrensleftfoot added 08:36 - Mar 7
Sounds like a typical McCarthy performance. Set up with 3 defensive midfielders together with 5 defenders and grind out a result. Effective but not pretty. Pleased with the result, but do hope we can be a bit more adventurous at home for the next 2 games. Trouble is, Mick probably thinks he's found a winning formula. Don't know how many more dire turgid home games I can take. Please please entertain us! Season ticket holder since 1975 and seriously considering my options for next season.

loudnproud added 08:53 - Mar 7
Good win and a pleasing win.....You chaps praising MM are missing the point. I should have gone to this game,got the unused ticket in my pocket. Chose not to go as i was feeling pretty miserable without watching miserable football....Thats what our manager has bought to our club. IF Evens supported him with proper finance, maybe ,Just maybe he wouldnt be getting the wrath of the supporters......

alfromcol added 09:34 - Mar 7
Negatives: Football was dreadful, Sheffield were even worse that Town. MM your football is still sh-t.
Positive: 3 pts

blues1 added 09:43 - Mar 7
It's amazing how those who still back McCarthy think those of us who want him out have gone away just because we've won the game. We won't ever change our mind about him. Whereas u guys who are praising him for this win Will, as soon as we lose put the blame on evans. Hypocritical. Can only assume also that most of u weren't there last night either. Did we deserve the win? Yes, just about. But that wasnt because we were that good, just the better of 2 poor teams. Just constant hoofball, sitting back at 1-0, usual boring negative football. Yes there were plusses. Waghorn breaking his goal drought. Sears played well when he came on. Cartervickers was excellent. And at least atc1-1 we didn't just settle for the point. End of the day it WAS a good win and every town fan should be happy about that. But it changes nothing regards to McCarthy.

IpswichToon added 09:44 - Mar 7
Shame about Muzzy going off so early after looking dangerous once again, but Sears sure did put in a great shift. It's just shame he never got a real effort at goal. Mick had a massive reaction to the final whistle - there must have been a good 5 or 6 fist bumps! He still has the passion, he's still doing the job he's paid to do, he deserves to stay where he is.

Cheshire_Blue added 09:50 - Mar 7
Well done Mick and the boys. Tactics spot on and 3points secured.

senduntd added 10:23 - Mar 7
Great to see a few positive posts amongst all the dross.

BigscarfAl added 10:34 - Mar 7
Good to get a win, I was not there last night as I would have been 5 years ago however the type of football we are playing does not give me the enthusiasm to make the effort! Micks being involved in a "right royal scrap" and "not allowing the opposition to play" can be effective in some games. Is it really what we want to watch.

BobbyBell added 10:40 - Mar 7
Is Muzzy injured? Where's Celina? It seems that every time a town player starts running at defenders we take them off and replace them with somebody who doesn't.
A good win but I'm still very sceptical about Micks tactics. Also how embarrassing that Wednesday still pull in 22000 fans even with another club in the city where as we pull in 13000 or more realistically around 10000.

MoscowBlueMule added 11:09 - Mar 7
Quite frankly BobbyBell what a ridiculous thing to post

Sheffield has a population of 722,000 and is the 3rd most populous district in the UK! Ipswich’s population 135,000 ( )

We live in a democracy so please have a moan, but for god sake, have a decent argument that stacks up.

Well done boys, an excellent win last night. I’m blue and will be behind you through thick and thin. ME hurry up and get MM to sign that extension.

black_shuck added 11:22 - Mar 7
There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.

cat added 12:17 - Mar 7
Even on the back of a win it’s still time for McCarthy to depart. He knows it, hand on heart the fans know it, his brand of “anti football” (lol) is killing our club, entertainment and a enjoyable match day experience needs bringing back, more so at PR.

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