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4 January 2014

Boss says changes contributed to disappointing display

Mick McCarthy conceded Town were well below par after watching his side held by Preston at Portman Road. 

Blues face a replay at Deepdale on January 14 after Kevin Davies cancelled out David McGoldrick’s opener in the FA Cup third round clash. 

“It was a fair result,” the Town boss told the Club website. 

“Preston are a good team and credit to them, they played well. We didn’t and that was probably our poorest display of the season and I don’t mean that with any disrespect to Preston. 

“I take some responsibility for the performance. I made a lot of changes and there were players out there that have not played much football lately. 

“It doesn’t matter how much training you do, it doesn’t compare to being out on the pitch.

“We have used the fewest players this season though so we had to look to give some rest. 

“It’s a result neither Preston nor ourselves wanted but we didn’t want to lose either. We’re still in the cup and that’s nine games unbeaten now. We’ll just have to go up to Preston now and try and win there.”

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was forced off on 30 minutes with injury, with Mick adding: “He felt his hamstring tighten up and we didn’t want to risk making it worse. We will see how he is.”

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