Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, August 25, 2014
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy was not looking for hard luck stories after suffering defeat in his first East Anglian derby against Norwich.
Lewis Grabban punished slack marking in the home ranks in the 24th minute after Town failed to deal with a Wes Hoolahan corner helped back into the box by Alex Tettey.
Ipswich centre back Christophe Berra played the unmarked Grabban onside after failing to recover his ground following a far post stumble with Michael Turner, but McCarthy preferred to focus on the deficiencies of his own men.
“Somebody shouted ‘keeper’s’ and I don’t know who shouted it. I haven’t got an earpiece into the six-yard box to find out who it was,” he said. “No other player should shout it apart from Gerks (Dean Gerken). It certainly looked like a mix-up. We didn’t deal with it well. We didn’t deal with the first corner kick and we didn’t deal with the second ball coming in either. Christophe Berra was lying on the floor with Turner.
“If people are saying there was a case for offside it will give me something to whinge about, but the reality is we didn’t deal with it. I’m not blaming the officials. I think if you look, Christophe and Turner are lying on the floor about one yard out. I’ve no complaints with that, I’ve just got complaints with how we dealt with it. The game wasn’t going anywhere until we conceded a soft goal.”
McCarthy felt the hosts had built up enough pressure after the interval to get back into the derby.
“It was a disappointing goal and that changed the course of the game. They were better after the goal and for 10 minutes we were all over the place,” he said. “We were better in the second-half and our best bit of football was when Murph (Daryl Murphy) had that chance with the header. He said he should have scored.
“That’s the fine margins in football though. If that had gone in, it changes the game again. Being one in front allowed them, second half, to try and catch us on the break which they almost did a couple of times.
“As always the effort and commitment was there from the players. We were playing against a good team that has come down from the Premier League with good players and they’ve signed some more good players. They’ve got a good squad. It’s no disgrace how we played against them, it’s just difficult when it’s our nearest and not so dearest.”