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16 May 2015

Mick rues spot-kick that got away but proud of his Blues

Mick McCarthy said the game hinged on two penalty decisions, one given - one not as Town’s season ended in Play-Off semi-final defeat at Norwich. 

Christophe Berra was sent-off on 50 minutes after handling a goalbound shot from Nathan Redmond and despite Tommy Smith’s equaliser, goals from Redmond and Cameron Jerome gave the Canaries a 3-1 win. 

“We should have had a penalty when Teddy Bishop got clipped by Redmond,” said the Town boss. 

“Their one was a stonewall penalty. It was handball and Christophe had to go. Of course he should have pulled his hand away but we are hardwired to stop the ball going into the net so it's very difficult to pull your hand away. 

“We were the better team in the first-half but with 10 men and a goal down, it was always going to be very difficult.

“I’m immensely proud of my players though. They have been fantastic all season and they were again today. 

“They are low maintenance and very professional and showed again today why they deserve to be in the Play-Offs when no one fancied us at the start of the season. 

“It’s difficult to take it in at the moment. We all need a holiday but the players could not have given anymore.”

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