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2 August 2014

Mick disappointed with last minute leveller at Orient as injury concerns grow

Mick McCarthy was disappointed with the way Town conceded a last minute equaliser as Blues finished the pre-season campaign with a draw at Orient. 

Balint Bajner gave Town a ninth minute lead but Lloyd James levelled from the penalty spot after Kevin Lisbie had been caught by Alex Henshall. 

“We got slapped in the first-half and I don’t know how we have gone in ahead at the break,” said the Town boss. 

“Well I do know. We defended well and Gerks made a terrific save. 

“We had words with them and we were the better side in the second-half. Then we went all milky at the end there. We were rubbish in the last minute. There were seven or eight things we should have done better and it’s ended up with a penalty. 

“I’ve pointed out the mistakes to them. It’s better they learn from them now and here rather than it happening when we’re playing Leeds or whoever in the Championship and we are winning 1-0 and give that goal away because I’m going to be ‘killing’ someone in the dressing-room then."

David McGoldrick continued his recovery from knee problems with a 40 minute run-out in the second-half, with Mick adding: “He helps us play and is great for us. He was disappointed to come off five minutes from the end but you never know what can happen in those last five minutes.”

The Town boss confirmed that Paul Anderson and Tommy Smith missed the game through injury but should be okay for next week’s Championship opener against Fulham while Jonathan Parr was forced off with a sore groin. He will be assessed tomorrow. 

Mick also reiterated that Paul Taylor won’t be featuring in his squad, adding: “I said last season that he is not for me. He came back after the break and to be fair to him he’s very fit but nothing has changed, he’s just not for me.”

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