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24 January 2014

Players hurting but top six remains the target says Mick

Mick McCarthy said his players have been hurting this week but are determined to get back on the Play-Off track. 

After a ninth match unbeaten run, Blues suffered a third successive defeat, going down at Millwall last week and have slipped out of the top six as a result. 

Victory over Reading at Portman Road on Saturday will cut the gap on the sixth placed Royals to two points though and the Town boss accepts that the challenges of the Championship are always going to bring highs and lows. 

“We had a good run but we were never going to continue on an upward scale into the top two,” Mick told the Club website. 

“You are going to get blips and bad spells during a season. We were disappointing at Millwall last week, though I do think the trip to Preston a few days earlier didn’t help our cause. 

“Even our best players didn’t play well and the players have been hurting this week after that performance. 

“I don’t think we have played that badly in those three games, we have just given away some silly goals and that’s not like us. We’ve been working very hard on the training ground to put that right. 

“We’ve still got designs on the Play-Offs. We’ve had a taste of it but unfortunately not played well enough to stay in there. It’s only where we are on May 3 that counts though. That’s when I want to be in the top six.” 

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

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