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14 March 2015

Play-Offs the focus for Blues after mistakes cost Town at the Riverside

Mick McCarthy conceded if Town are going to go up this season, it will be through the Play-Offs after defeat at Middlesbrough left Blues eight points adrift of top spot. 

Patrick Bamford scored twice in the second-half as Boro ran out 4-1 winners at the Riverside following a first 45 minutes that Town shaded. 

“I was delighted with our first-half performance and thought we were the better side,” said the Town boss.

“We conceded two bad goals though. They were well worked corners from their view but we should know how to defend them. 

“Bamford had shown some quality for the third and fourth goals but again, we could have done much better defensively. 

“We have to go again now on Tuesday against Bolton. It was always going to be difficult coming here and I said before the game, if we went eight points behind Middlesbrough and one or two other teams get that far in front of us as well, then that gap will be too big for us to turn around. 

“That’s three wins more than the opposition we’ve got to achieve in nine games to close that gap and that’s not going to happen.”

Dean Gerken was carried off with concussion inside the first 10 minutes at the Riverside and Town are waiting news from the hospital on the ‘keeper, who became a father again yesterday. 

“It was upsetting enough for us to watch one of our players come off in an oxygen mask but it must have been very difficult for his wife watching because she has just had a baby,” added Mick. “We are waiting the results of the scan but hopefully he will be fine.”

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