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4 December 2015

First goal changed the game says Mick as Boro set the benchmark for the Championship

Mick McCarthy was delighted with Town’s performance for an hour or so but said the first goal was always going to be crucial. 

Middlesbrough went to the top of the table with goals from Christian Stuani and inevitably David Nugent, who kept up his remarkable record of scoring in every one of his eight appearances at Portman Road. 

“I was delighted with our performance up until they scored but the first goal was always going to change the course of the game and unfortunately for us, they got it,” Mick told Ipswich Player HD. 

“Even after they scored, we were still in it but they showed Premier League quality with Stewart Downing finding Nugent and it was a terrific finish for the second. 

“The first goal was a poor one for us to give away though, we had two players going for the same ball and then we got beaten at the far post. 

“They showed their quality after the second goal. They are the benchmark for this division. It’s obvious they have got some very good players in their squad. They have spent a few quid as well but by the end of the game, they deserved to have won it. We blinked first and they punished us for it.”

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

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