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CHALLENGE MAY HAVE CHANGED GAME

8 November 2014

Boss says riled Blues could have benefited after Jonny's forced exit

Mick McCarthy was understandably delighted after seeing Town come out on top against Watford and pointed to the foul on Jonny Williams as possibly the turning point in the game.

The Wales international was forced off after an hour after a foul by Joel Ekstrand with the score goalless. Eight minutes from time, Tommy Smith smashed in the winner. 

“They are a good side and I said to the players at half-time, this is a quality Championship game," said the Town boss.

“I’m not sure how it got to 80 minutes without a goal. I wouldn’t say it was profligate finishing, there was good defending and good goalkeeping.    

“The tackle on Jonny was an awful challenge and it could have been a red.  Maybe it changed the game though because it certainly riled the players and maybe we got that extra effort from them.

“It was a clever free-kick for the goal. We have been on at them about not just putting the ball in there, trying to do something different and Hunty and Didz were alert to that. 

“It’s a great win. We were resolute and dug in when we had to but we showed quality as well against a side that will be up there at the end of the season.”        


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