No hard luck stories for Mick McCarthy in Ipswich’s derby defeat to Norwich City

Daryl Murphy misses a golden chance for Ipswich Town in the 1-0 defeat to Norwich City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Daryl Murphy misses a golden chance for Ipswich Town in the 1-0 defeat to Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, August 25, 2014
7:00 AM

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy was not looking for hard luck stories after suffering defeat in his first East Anglian derby against Norwich.

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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.”

12 comments

  • It is nought but Schadenfreude, NMTD. $0d 1p5wich, let`s just get promoted!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Interesting to see what MMc's wholesale changes will be next time out .......... I can see a disgruntled set of players developing - no cash to spend - £85 mill in debt - only mediocrity to look forward to .......... 14,000 next home attendance ?

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • The legs belong to Garrido who was left on his own at the back post. Worryingly, both our centre backs were at the near post. That needs sorting!

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    zebbee

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Doesn't look like a well organised defence then but it's water under the bridge now and luckily they didn't score. Bring on the new centre back and hope Ryan's injury is only minor.

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    waclor

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • That was a good summing up from Big Mick. He knows and has let the players know that they weren't good enough on the day. That's what a good manager should do not just ignore the problems like The Clueless One did for us all last season.

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    waclor

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Russell Martin was behind Turner, he might have cleared it, though I doubt it, if it had been on target.

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    PaulWho

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Final question, why is the mystery owner of those legs facing the wrong way?

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    waclor

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Exactly Swiss and that is why we MUST get in another centre back. Do the pair of legs barely off the ground on the right of the photo belong to Russell Martin? If so why has he been outjumped and if not, where is he?

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    waclor

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • That photo was the most worrying moment for me, there was absolutely no cover, luckily he missed the target.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Makes a change to have someone who is not moaning and groaning after a defeat.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • I think MickMack`s moan had 38.5666% more quality in ver final furd, according to my statistical analysis, LincsCan. ;-) At least MM saw the "offside" in the same way as the referee and most others, including The Writer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • With his recognition of our good team, good players, good squad, Mick's analysis reminds me of Hughton and how the future used to look bleak after each PL defeat.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, August 25, 2014

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