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21 February 2014

Boss in challenge to players to step up and replace Didz

Mick McCarthy has challenged his players to step up and replace David McGoldrick as the ‘hero’ over the rest of the season. 

Blues’ leading scorer is set to miss the rest of the Championship season after damaging knee ligaments in the goalless draw with Blackpool last weekend. 

The Town boss acknowledges that losing Didz is a big blow for the Club but says it’s down to the players to step up and take on his mantle.

“It’s devastating for Didz himself because he’s had a fantastic season,” Mick told the Club website. 

“It’s obviously a big blow for the team as well but we have to get on with it. These are the trials and tribulations you get as a manager, as a coach. Someone else has to step up to the plate now and become a hero. 

“Murph [Daryl Murphy] has been great for us this season. Didz has got the headlines but the players know how important Murph is to the team and I’m delighted he’s been rewarded with his call up to the Republic of Ireland squad. 

“Frank [Nouble] has done okay when he’s come in, Tayls [Paul Taylor] has played a bit part and there is more to come from him. Sylvan [Ebanks-Blake] is coming back from injury but is not ready to start yet. 

“The loan option is there but how can you have a squad of players and when you get an injury, go out and try and bring someone else in. I don’t think that is right. I want to give those players the encouragement to go out and play and that is what I will do.  

“When one door shuts, another one opens. That’s the challenge for the players here. One of them has to take the mantle and be the star man.”

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