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17 October 2015

Praise for Gerks and clean sheet as Mick concedes a draw was a fair result against Terriers

Mick McCarthy felt the point was a fair result after watching his side draw at home for the third time in succession. 

It needed a brilliant save from Huddersfield ‘keeper Jed Steer in added on time to prevent David McGoldrick grabbing the winner, with Dean Gerken also making an equally crucial save five minutes earlier. 

“Yes, it was a great chance for Didz and a good save but Gerks made a fantastic save as well so a draw was probably about right,” the boss told Ipswich Player HD after the first goalless draw at Portman Road in nine months. 

“We would have nicked the points last year but it’s not going for us at the moment. 

“The clean sheet is a big positive though and I was pleased for Gerks that we got that because he’s been great for us but though no fault of his own, we have been conceding goals.

“We were back to blocking things, making tackles and we haven’t done that for a while. If we carry on doing those things, we will get back to winning games.”

Tommy Oar was replaced by Didz at half-time and Mick wasn’t happy with the challenge from Steer that left the Australian international with concussion.

“It wasn’t a great challenge at all. The fourth official said it was just a collision but I’ve been in the game a long time and I know when you can get out of the way,” added the boss. 

“Tommy wasn’t having a particularly good game so I took him off. I didn’t know he had concussion until after the game. He didn’t say anything but he didn’t look right. I don’t think any of us would have had a great game if we took a thump in the head like Tommy did.”  

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