MANAGER’S REACTION: Mick McCarthy satisfied with a point against rock-bottom Peterborough

Saturday, November 24, 2012
5:41 PM

IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy was satisfied with his side’s comeback 1-1 draw against rock-bottom Peterborough United at Portman Road.

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Yet more terrible defending saw the Blues go behind to a Lee Tomlin goal just eight minutes into an instantly forgettable first half of scrappy football.

Town improved after the break and DJ Campbell converted a spot-kick won by Lee Martin just before the hour, with both sides then having chances to win it in the closing stages.

Asked whether it was a point gained or two lost, McCarthy – whose side have dropped to 23rd in the table – said: “Both I guess – but I’d say a point won.

“I’ll have to pick the bones out of how we conceded, but it looked like another soft, milky one. Teams just seem to score against us too easy.

“We didn’t play well in the first half, we couldn’t pass it our own team mates, but the performance towards the end of the half gave me encouragement.

“I could see us getting better, thankfully we improved in the second half, we showed a bit of intensity and I think we deserved a point that’s for sure.”

He continued: “I thought it was a stonewall penalty to be honest. He (Lee Martin) has got him (Lee Tomlin) stood up and has been clipped. I don’t know if he went down slow, but it was certainly a penalty.

“The fans deserved to boo us off at half-time because we were pretty poor in the first half, but second half I thought there was a response from everybody – both the players and the crowd.

“We were starting to look better and a goal always makes everyone feel better.

“There were chances at both ends as the game became really stretched. We’re trying to win it and that put us in danger of losing it too.

“The keeper (Stephen Henderson) made a good save at the end as they broke on us a couple of times, It wasn’t great, but it was exciting.”

Asked what he’d said to his side at half-time, McCarthy quipped: “I did ask if it was at all possible for them to pass to someone in the same coloured shirt. I’m deadly serious. Our passing was awful at times in the first half, but it did get better in the second half.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy confirmed that midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has strained his hamstring and could be out for two to three weeks.

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis and more reaction.

10 comments

  • Its a concern when MM says he is satisfied, with what was expressed at one stage during the match as our worst performance of the season.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Mick should be delighted with a point because we were second best for most of the game, made fewer chances and showed very little class. The penalty looked ridiculously soft to me but more worryingly makes DJ Campbell appear to be better than he is. We did get better towards the end because then Hyam was on and Coker, Chopra and Campbell were off. First time I've seen Henderson actually make a save but he did well - just wish he'd do that more often.

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    peter sadler

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • If MM thinks a point at home is OK I despair, that way combined with our shocking away play, lies demotion. MM is not playing, or is not yet aware of, our best side, which if played and stuck with would surely bring consistency and positive results. Sounds too easy I suppose but that is surely what he is paid for, because he knows how to do just that. No sign of it yet.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • how can any manager be satisfied with THAT

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • It shows the extent of the lack of progress over the past five years that the manager is satisfied with a point against a less than average side like Peterborough. We had no shape, no confidence and very little skill and endeavour (until it was too late). The cheer when Luke Hyam came on as substitute spoke volumes about what the supporters felt. On the first half showing, I have seen better football from primary school kids - at least they know who is on the same side!!!!!

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    bigdave

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Definitely a point won, especially on the back of a 6 nil drubbing at Leicester. The important thing is that we are still in there with the relegation pack when we could have easily been 5 or 6 points adrift. Well done MM, if we finish 4th from bottom at the end of the season I'll be delighted.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Mick McCarthy may be satisfied with a draw but I'm not. Lousy result, if you can't win at home to the bottom team who can you beat. Also, before today Posh had a terrible record in games against other bottom 7 teams. Inept defensively in the first half and must confess to being surprised that Henderson retained his place in goal. On a brighter note, we avoided what would have been a demoralising defeat and other results went our way - except for Bristol's upset win at Boro (didn't see that one coming).

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Reo-coker is SHOCKING, so glad he won't be playing on Tuesday..good to see Hyam come on, need Loach back in the side as well.

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    Deg

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • How the town have fallen. Happy to get a point against the mighty Peterborough.

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    The Bloater

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • So the famous Super Blues are now satisfied to scrape a home draw against the only team below us in the league - doesn't that say it all.?? Also I suspect that the fact that Reo - Coker is out for 23 weeks will not mean a recall for Hyam ???? The real tragedy is that as the club slips towards division 1 we are being taken there by a 'team' top heavy with loanees. If we are going to be relegated please let us be relegated with some pride as ITFC rather than a hotch potch of transient loanees - at least that way we could start to rebuild for the future - certainly none of our current mercenaries are likely to stay if we do go down ????

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    Old Timer

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

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