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3 August 2013

Mick happy with 'benchmark' performance but disappointed Blues didn't get deserved rewards at Reading

Mick McCarthy was disappointed with the result but delighted with the performance as Town went down to recently relegated Reading at the Madejski Stadium. 

Jay Tabb’s early strike against his old club was cancelled out by what appeared to be a Tyrone Mears own goal with the Royals winning the game through a deflected strike from Danny Guthrie. 

“It’s a cruel game sometimes. I don’t think the winner would have gone in without the deflection and it was a big deflection,” said Mick. 

“I think their first goal went in off Ty’s back. I know Le Fondre is claiming it and I’m sure Ty would let him have it. We should have done better defensively but it was a great delivery. 

“We played really well though. I thought we played well the whole game. I asked for a benchmark performance and if we repeat that sort of level every week, create the chances we did, compete the way we did. If we do that we will be fine.

“I’m disappointed to lose the game, of course I am but I was delighted with the performance and I thought we certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game.”

Tyrone Mings picked up a knee injury and is a concern ahead of the Capital One Cup trip to Stevenage on Tuesday, while Aaron Cresswell is unlikely to feature after missing today’s game with a thigh problem. 

Stay tuned to Ipswich Player on Monday for highlights of the game and behind the scenes footage in a new series – On the Road.

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