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22 November 2014

Mick hails good advert for Championship after a thriller at the Goldsands

Mick McCarthy was satisfied with a point at the Goldsands Stadium in what he described as a great advert for Championship football. 

Town twice fought back to earn a 2-2 draw through goals from Teddy Bishop - his first for the Club - and Daryl Murphy, his 11th of the season. 

“It was a good point for us in what was a great game of football, a really good advert for the Championship,” the Town boss told the Club website.

“We had to dig in after conceding an early goal. They were on fire at the start and caused us problems but the key thing was not to let in a second goal.

“We got back in it and we had chances at the end, just like they did so we’ll take the point.

“Bart made two big saves. We have got two really good goalkeepers keeping each other on their toes so that’s great for us. 

“Gerks was magnanimous when I told him I was sticking with Bart. He said ‘you don’t have to tell me. I’d expect to play if it was me’. That says a lot about him and I could spin a coin between the two really.”

Mick added that he expected Bournemouth to finish in the top six, saying: “Don’t be fooled by the homely little Bournemouth line. They have got some very good players and have got some cash behind them as well. They are nailed on for the top six.”

Bournemouth had claims for a penalty when Tokelo Rantie went down in the box but Mick had no doubts that it wasn’t a spot-kick.

“It was never a penalty. If it was, I’d say it was. He was offside anyway but even then it wasn’t a penalty,” added the boss.

The downside for Blues was that Kevin Bru was forced  off with an ankle injury that could keep him out for up to a month while Tyrone Mings suffered a dead leg.

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