Bolton v Ipswich: It might have left most fans scratching their heads – both inside the Reebok Stadium and back home in Suffolk.

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But Mick McCarthy has revealed that his decision to move right-back Bradley Orr into the heart of the midfield during Town’s 2-1 win at Bolton was actually born in Newcastle almost 10 years ago.

Orr, who has improved massively since his horror debut at Leicester, put in a competent shift in his natural position before moving to midfield alongside Guirane N’Daw in the 56th minute.

With Luke Hyam (calf) and Nigel Reo-Coker (hamstring) injured, and Andy Drury making his first start in five games, many fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was a case of needs must.

But McCarthy said: “The first time I saw him play was for Newcastle reserves in central midfield. I asked him in the week, because we were two men down, whether he would do it for me – and he said no problem.

“Andy Drury was looking a bit knackered, he has not played a lot, and I thought it would give us a bit more bite. As it turned out, it worked. It is nice when that happens.”

Michael Chopra’s late winner eased Town slightly away from the bottom three while also giving the fantastic travelling support something to cheer about on a bitterly-cold day.

It also allowed further proof of an improving team spirit under McCarthy – including the now famous Luke Chambers’ fist-pump celebration in front of jubilant Town fans.

Coming just five weeks after Richie Wellens’ infamous comments questioning attitudes in the dressing room, McCarthy appears to have overseen a complete sea-change within the inner sanctums of Portman Road.

He said: “There is a good spirit.

“I think there was a bit of bitching and back-biting and finger-pointing when I went in.

“It was everyone’s fault and not theirs individually.

“Because if you are conceding goals, it is always the defenders and the keeper’s fault – what about the strikers who should hold it up or the midfielders who should pass the ball to a man in a blue shirt?

“It is a collective, never just one thing. They have bought into that now – there is none of that finger-pointing.

“But that happens when a team starts getting beat – it is nothing to do with Paul (Jewell).

“You can be the best psychologist in the world, but it is not going to change until you change results. That’s what gets you team spirit.”

Goalscorer DJ Campbell also praised the subs – and his boss for making the changes.

He said: “The three subs that came on changed the game in my opinion.

“It worked, that is what the gaffer does and that’s what makes him special. He’s done that throughout his career.

“It was a massive win for us and we now need to try and keep it going. The club is on the up and the future is bright for Ipswich.”

9 comments

  • Rob are you never happy? Under occucupation I bet its got whinger

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    Tractorboy1964

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Mick the Man is getting carried away. This time last year Keith Andrews was Town's only goal threat yet here he was several clubs on from his mercenary stint at Ipswich while another temproary mercenary has taken over his role for a few weeks. Who is to say where Town's current crop will be in a matter of weeks - or where there presumably equally transient replacements will be. Not until Mick the Man starts building a team will all but the most gullible and foolish of supporters start crowing. And of course one or two defeats will soon have them moaning again,

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • According to Dame Steroo, anyone working for money is a 'mercenary'. So hang your heads in shame out there, you miserable employed people. Mick McCarthy has inherited a mess and has evidently had a beneficial effect on the atmosphere in the changing room. Heavens forfend, the team has even won a few games! I would imagine that McCarthy's knowledge of football management is more than equal to Steroo's, and that he'll be doing what he can during the transfer window. For now he's having to work with an inherited mess, and doing encouragingly well. By the way, Madame Steroo, it's 'their' not 'there presumably...'. Hmm, how much store do we put by the views of an illiterate?

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    Ken Hairy

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • That’s right Tom. The only posters that appear to be able to pass the censor with impunity are the Norwich trolls whose only objective is to insult. Genuine Ipswich posters have perfectly reasonable posts blocked for no other reason than to stroke the fragile egos of the Norwich dweebs working for Archant.

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    Pete James

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • If getting paid for your labour makes you a mercenary, count me in. Mick McCarthy inherited a dire state of affairs, looks as though he's already having a beneficial effect, and should be able to make his own moves during the transfer window. Judge him after that.

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    Ken Hairy

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • The only bitching and back biting is amongst the fans on this board. Some posters seem to use a daily post as therapy for depression.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Early days DJ but a good beginning of this there is no doubting.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • So far, so good! An improved atmosphere at the club and results that do early justice to MM's appointment. Given that he inherited a mess on the field and has to work with limited resources, the results have been encouraging. Come January, we shall see how far he can go to establish a squad of largely permanent players, some of whom could be already here as loans. Of course, the core problems that beset the club at executive level may yet again become, once more, painfully apparent. I know what my NY wish for the club will be.

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    Mike Wyatt

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I think that when Mick mentions "Bitching and Back-Biting" he must be referring to Rob's comments in this forum. Seriously, you would have to be blind, ignorant, or just plain dumb not to notice the improvement in the way the team has played lately. Give the board some credit too. They tried desperately to stick by Jewell, rather than simply act like any other "revolving door" club. While they arguably held on for too long, this appt. has been first-rate. Mick (and let's not forget Terry) are famous for being great man-managers - and I feel that this, combined with the decent footballing talent we have in house, will see us slowly crawl up the table.

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    AnnArborTractorBoy

    Monday, December 3, 2012

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