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11 January 2014

Better team in first-half but we blinked first

Mick McCarthy said his team were terrific first-half but paid the price for letting QPR off the hook. 

Luke Chambers and Paul Taylor both went close for Blues before the break but goals from Niko Kranjcar, Gary O’Neil and Armand Traore gave Rangers the points, with Tommy Smith finding the target in added on time with a spectacular scissors kick. 

“It was a great advert for the Championship and a great advert for Ipswich Town,” the Town boss told the Club website. 

“We were excellent in the first-half and should have been ahead at the break. 

“We blinked first though. We let Kranjcar wriggle out of the corner and he showed the quality they’ve got with his finish. 

“Gerks has come in and apologised for the second but O’Neil read it well and you have to give him credit for that. Gerks hasn’t got to say sorry for anything, he’s been fantastic. 

“It’s the same with Tommy. He made a mistake for the third and has held him hands up. Again, he’s been terrific for us. He scored a great goal at the end and people may say it was a consolation but that sounds like we’ve been well beaten. We weren’t. We let them off the hook in the first-half and we paid the price for that.”

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


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