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20 December 2014

Mick gets Christmas present he wanted and salutes his players for outstanding achievement in being second in table

Mick McCarthy hailed the two moments of quality that gave Blues the win over Middlesbrough at Portman Road. 

Daryl Murphy’s 14th goal of the season and Jay Tabb’s first of the campaign saw Town go into Christmas in second place, the first time Blues have been in the automatic promotion places at the halfway point in 10 years. 

“If I had been asked what I wanted for Christmas, then three points today would have been the answer,” the Town boss told the Club website. 

“They are a good side but it was a deserved win for us. The two real moments of quality in the game were the two goals. 

“They were well worked. We thought we had scored with Didz for the first one but Murph was Jonny on the spot and then Tabby was fantastic for the second one. 

“Teddy Bishop had a hand in both. There are moments in the game when you need that quality to win games because the rest of the match was a scrap. We provided that quality. 

“It’s nice to be in the top two but there are what, 24 games left so we will keep going and see what happens. It’s an outstanding achievement by the players though to be second in the table at Christmas.”

Mick wasn’t so happy about referee James Linington’s decision not to award Town a penalty when David McGoldrick went down under a challenge from Kenneth Omeruo and booked the Blues’ striker instead. 

Nor was he impressed when Omeruo escaped a second yellow for a foul on Didz in the second-half.
“It was disgusting decision to book Didz. It was a stonewall penalty and then a sending-off later,” added the boss. 

“I don’t like seeing players sent-off but when he had been booked and then hauled down someone like he did, it’s got to be sending off.” 

Subscribers to Ipswich Player can see the full interview with Mick now.

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