Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy reflects on Watford defeat

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Mick McCarthy felt Luke Hyam’s header against the crossbar and Ipswich Town’s poor marking for Watford’s second goal were pivotal to his side’s defeat at Vicarage Road.

But for a fine save from Manuel Almunia and the intervention of the woodwork, the Tractor Boys would have gone in front after Anthony Wordsworth cancelled out Albert Riera’s opener. Within five minutes of that opportunity, the visitors had effectively lost the game after being hit by a quick-fire double from Gabriele Angella and Lewis McGugan.

The straight-talking Yorkshire boss said: “I think that [the crossbar] saved the game for them and then poor marking from a free-kick. It was a great delivery from them, it was good movement and a good header but nowhere near should he get on the end of it because it should have been stopped.”

Reflecting on the game, McCarthy said: “I thought our boys were fabulous in the first half. I thought we started the first half well, I think they scored with their first attempt and that was poor. Whenever you score and it’s a great goal, they’ll think it is, it was awful that we allowed him [Riera] on the inside to shoot, that’s not like us. But I thought we were excellent in the first half.

“The second half, I don’t think we’ve let them off the hook, I think we’ve let all the other teams off the hook as well by conceding the goal we have for the second. Three minutes after we’ve hit the crossbar we’re 3-1 down.”

The defeat leaves Ipswich eighth in the table, four points ahead of the Hornets having played a game more.

Asked about the effect the result had on his side’s play-off hopes, McCarthy said: “You have to look after your own result, that’s my mantra. Everybody else can do whatever they want. If we win, there’s nothing anybody can do about it.

“If we’d have won today everyone would have been thinking [great] but who knows, we could win today and got slapped on Monday, I’ve no idea. And if you ask me how it’s going to pan out, I haven’t got a clue. I thought our performance today, up until the second goal, I thought we were outstanding.”

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6:29pm Sat 19 Apr 14

grahamwfc says...

Top guy. Better than that odious oik Golam
Top guy. Better than that odious oik Golam grahamwfc
  • Score: 39

9:25pm Sat 19 Apr 14

StotfoldHornet says...

Agree... Bit random but congratulations to Palace who confirmed premiership football next near... Shows how managers can bring the best out of players is tony pulis... Wouldn't have happened under hollowhead!!
Agree... Bit random but congratulations to Palace who confirmed premiership football next near... Shows how managers can bring the best out of players is tony pulis... Wouldn't have happened under hollowhead!! StotfoldHornet
  • Score: 13

9:48pm Sat 19 Apr 14

buckshornet says...

how were Ipswich outstanding though? most of there play was pumped forward to the big centre forward(hit and hope).cresswell at left wing back one of only 2 or 3 that attempted to play on the deck.
how were Ipswich outstanding though? most of there play was pumped forward to the big centre forward(hit and hope).cresswell at left wing back one of only 2 or 3 that attempted to play on the deck. buckshornet
  • Score: 5

12:32pm Sun 20 Apr 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Good old Mick.

Always makes me laugh.

He must be in his 80,s now
Good old Mick. Always makes me laugh. He must be in his 80,s now SJM...laugh at luton
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4:43pm Sun 20 Apr 14

GrahamTaylor says...

Header was given offside anyway!
Header was given offside anyway! GrahamTaylor
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