Ipswich v Watford: IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy admits his side were outplayed in tonight’s 2-0 home defeat to Watford – but he has told his players not beat themselves up over the performance.

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The high-flying Hornets played some sumptuous one-touch football, with Ikechi Anya and Nathaniel Chalobah finishing excellent team moves in each half.

It means that Gianfranco Zola’s side – who have now scored 38 goals on their travels this season – remain hot on the heels of the top two in the Championship, while the Blues are back to within three points of the drop zone.

“We were beaten by a very, very good side – as good as I’ve seen this season in the league,” said McCarthy.

“We probably did alright to keep it to the two. We had to work for everything. Sometimes you just have to hold your hand up and say you were beaten by the better team.

“We should have had a penalty (when Lee Martin was tripped in the box at 1-0). When you’re having a tough night you need those decisions and I can’t understand what he (the referee) saw, because he had a good view of it.

“If you’d have seen their bench gasp as he stuck his foot out and then let out a sigh of relief when it wasn’t given... It should have been given – but it wasn’t.

“I just thought they were good. It wasn’t about how we played – they’re just a good team.

“I’m not happy that we’ve been beaten – I’m chewing about it – but sometimes you do have to hold your hands up and say you’ve been beaten by a better side.

“We could have played better and done better, but is that because they handled us well? Probably, yes.”

With Town travelling to Huddersfield on Saturday, a side who were thrashed 6-1 by Nottingham Forest last night, McCarthy added: “The lads have been great. They’ve taken 31 points since November the first and I’ve just said to them don’t beat yourselves up about this one. We need another three or four wins and I think we’ve got the quality and the team spirit to get those.”

35 comments

  • At last mccarthy makes a statement thats true thats something to be held for a start. The truth of the matter is town are second best to nearly all the leagues teams not just Watford. Losing to all the bottom clubs and now the better ones the future looks bleak for town. Just 3 points off relegation with more games played then nearly all below them and with the worst goal average. Add to this the lowest goals scored, what has mccarthy improved since he was at portman road??? Naff all is the answer and with a team of nearly all loanees, town look destined for relegation and trips to Crewe and Yeovil for fans, what an exciting thought. lol

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Cyril I have not commented before, you have to believe there are two. I enjoyed the game last night it was good first touch football from Watford, it was a much better football game than Saturday when we won. It took the Town 20 minutes to get up to speed so hopefully we will now be able to reduce the number of sideways and backward passes, and have some meaningful through balls.

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    old timer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Old Timer (Brian) if you feel you can compare comments made about Rhodes with those made about Scotland that is your problem not mine.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I think McCarthy's doing well to contain himself concerning the penalty; a clearer foul would be hard to imagine, so not at all sure what the (very poor all game) referee saw. But he's right, we were beaten by a very good side who should get promoted.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Cyril, that old timer is not me, it's the other one. I just enjoyed the game last night even though we lost. Watford played terrific one touch football. I must confess I enjoyed the football last night more than the football on Saturday when we won.

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    old timer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I think Ged and Rob get on a high by being slated so much. We give them what they want by taking the bait time and time again. Quite frankly, our reactions excite them even more and like a drug addict, they feel the urge to experience more pleasure in order to stay on their highs and respond accordingly. We provide them with their need by reacting so vehemently and the cycle continues unabated. Feeding their need is not the answer I am afraid. Ignoring them is!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • OK Cyril, my apologies.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I agree that Watford were a different class but I also think that it is about our performance, and we showed far greater effort than our dreary performance on Saturday. Like Saturday we gave the opposition three clear-cut chances before we warmed up. Unlike Saturday, Watford took their fourth chance and looked in control for the rest of the game. Luke Hyam, yet again was our best player, the rest of our mid-field and strikers played manfully but achieved little.

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    peter sadler

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Cyril - that's rich coming from you - you're still moaning about Keane & Jordan Rhodes !!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Gavin,you are so correct,try telling some posters on here they don't seem to understand

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    brisie58

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Sorry Brian Betts, it is you that has got it wrong, I have previously notified you that Old Timer is a friend of mine who does not want to put his name to his comments, it just happens his name is the same as yours.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • It was like watching 2 teams from different planets. We keep hearing about Terry Connor's expert training sessions but do they involve passing to a team-mate? All we do is kick it forwards as hard as possible whereas Watford pass to each other.

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Well done Ged. Have just read your informative post and as you are a Norwich supporter (although you most probably spend all your life sitting on a couch) perhaps you can explain how Hughton has improved your team. They have got worse and are going down further. Especially with the serial lose Becchio in your team of ex Leeds losers.

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    bristan

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Cyril I've told you before there are 2 Old Timers who EADT some how allowed onto the site. You have said this is not possible & that I am a liar. Don't know how to prove it to you but I am not your friend Brian - if I am then ask me to explain next time we meet why I came on this site to tell everybody that I think you're a silly old fool who talks utter rubbish.

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Having read these articles and comments for many years, I am now officially fed up with Steroo's inane drivel - which he presumably thinks is funny. I am a true fan and whilst I am disappointed to see us where we are, I am more interested in getting behind the team and supporting it. We were beaten by the better team last night as anyone who went could have seen but there was a work rate and effort that has sadly been missing up until MM arrived. We do need some creativity in midfield though and Hyam is the only one who will be in the side next year I suspect (& hope!).

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    Tractorcookie

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Rob Steroo & Ged Scott. Do you actually go to any matches at Portman Road? Are you season ticket holders or perhaps match by match paying customers? Perhaps you dont go at all!! We need to know as it would help us understand where you are coming from with this relentless negativity.

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    Alan Chaplin

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Here's some facts to digest; If you take in the form of all teams since McCarthy took over (1st Nov to present) - we're FIFTH. We were bottom when he took over and now 18th. I don't know about you, but I think that's a decent return for a team that were bottom in under four months. Do your homework first before you criticise!

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    Gavin Turner

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • In response to an earlier poster on here, Stuart Watson and the EADT don't need to "try to damage Ipswich Town" ... Marcus Evans is doing a pretty good job of that!

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    Ken M

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I suppose some deluded and alleged supporters will now bleat pitifully about the 'danger' of relegation and mythical 'relegation battles' that lie ahead in this utterly depressing season... but even a pre-school toddler will be able to work out that Town's borrowed team aided and abetted by some soon to be cast-offs are accumulating points at the rate required for lower mid-table mediocrity that Yorkshire Jewell will earn a bonus for. That's not even counting Huddersfield (reaping the reward for letting Rhodes go) and Wolves (nothing to do with Yorkshire Jewell of course).

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Brian,(Old Timer) I have not called you a liar and never would, I have simply said the eadt have said it cannot happen, and of course what has happened on this page today is a joke. As I have said before if you believe what you say put your name to it.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • "While the blues are BACK to within 3 points of the drop zone" surely that is where we were prior to this match, surely this is just Stuart Watson following the eadt agenda of trying to damage itfc.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Cyril - I'll try again - there are 2 Old Timers on this site - though your friend Brian does not often comment. Just ask him - he has referred to himself at times as the 'Original Old Timer'. This will have a joint benefit of you knowing I am not a liar & me being able to return to arguing with you without you thinking you're falling out with your friend Brian !!!!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Ken I fully agree with your comment.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • i take it the pre school toddler we are talking about is Ged Scott

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    tel

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Terry Connor a passing coach. Yeah , ask Wolves. Passed them from the Premiership to the Championship. Worrying.

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    bismark

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Oh look, Town must have lost, Ged's back with his usual baseless and inaccurate rubbish. Go on budgie, back to the EDP. You'll have plenty to chirp about on saturday when your own relegation destined continue their sleepwalk towards the Championship.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Old Timer, Scotland has gone, live with it, and ask yourself what did he really do for itfc.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I see the attraction of a Town defeat brings the trolls back to this board. Do they ever take pleasure in seeing the team win? Do they ever have anything constructive to say?

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    Tom

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • So we were beaten by the better team, the trouble is this is too often the case. We are easily one of the worst 5 teams in this division so we play a better team most weeks and lose to them too often !

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    gaz man gaz

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Cyril, you DO have a problem, you keep getting the idea Old Timer is Brian !

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Old Timer its not optimism, simply depressing realism... relegation is more or less impossible not because Town's eclectic mix of cast-offs from other teams and soon-to-be cast-offs from Town are any good, nor because McCarthy is doing anything particularly special... far from it he is simply a slightly more bearable Yorkshire Jewell. With his enforced replacement of Jewell's loans with his own loans plus the insane discard of Scotland he is effectively relying on Huddersfield and Wolves keeping Town's head above the mire. Given that McCarthy is not remotely bothering to build a team it makes you wonder what grim future next season holds.... but tomorrow, as Scarlett O'Hara might say, is another day.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Alan.The reason these two are always so negative is that they are pathetic worthless and sad little people without the brains to realise just how stupid their repetive and infantile comments are.Very sad that that a persons life can be so pathetic!!!!

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    Craig Warr

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Here goes 'Optimistic Rob' again saying we can't possibly get relegated !!!! This after Peterborough won 5-1 away & Barnsley got yet another win after Scotland came on as a sub & helped 'turn the game around' - Again. If MM is insisting on patting himself on the back for not letting Chopra go - shouldn't he at least make some comment on why he gave JS to one of the few teams below us - isn't that what straight talking Yorkshiremen are meant to do ?????

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • We played a team full of intenationals.I was proud of the performance. What Watford have done this season is a disgrace to Championship football. I enjoyed the game, not the result. Hold your heads up boys you were beaten by a team of imposters.

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    steven millar

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • It did seem as though it was all down to the way the two teams were coached. You can't play the way we did against a team as good as Watford.Unless too many of our players just weren't confident enough. Peter Morris would have fitted into our team well tonight, he was very good at passing the ball sideways and back. We had a good few attempts on goal but none of them was of any quality.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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