Mick praise for battling Town and the Blue ArmyMick McCarthy said he could not have asked for more from his players after watching Town kick off a new era with a win at Birmingham.
A DJ Campbell goal on eight minutes was enough to see Blues record a first win in 13 games and a first clean sheet in that time as well.
“It was obviously great to start with a win, the first in however many games it is for the Club,” said the new Town boss.
“It was a pretty even game but the save from our ‘keeper [Stephen Henderson] and the block from Luke Chambers probably earned the points for us.
“It not always about winning games by sticking one in the top corner. I could not have asked for more from my players really.
“I have given the players a pat on the back but I have also told them that if they had worked like that before, I would not be here in this job.”
Mick also paid tribute to the travelling Town support, with more than 1000 making the journey to St Andrew’s.
“To have 17,000 at Portman Road last week when the Club is bottom of the league really is fantastic,” he added.
“I’m quickly realising how much travelling they have to do so I’m pleased they got some reward today.”