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15 September 2015

Town back in top six as Mick praises players and 'brave' referee

Mick McCarthy said he had no doubt he would get a reaction from his players after the defeat at Reading as Town deservedly took the points at Elland Road. 

Tommy Smith’s first-half header took Blues back into the top six and the margin of victory could have been more, with Dean Gerken rarely troubled.

“Reading was one of those games you get in football but I never doubted the players would react with a performance tonight,” Mick told Ipswich Player HD. 

“I couldn’t guarantee the result but I could guarantee a performance because these players have been different class over the last two or three years. 

“The new players have bought into what we are about as well and the performance they put in got the deserved result. 

“We could have had two or three goals, we were a threat on the break and it was much more like us. 

“People asked me if I was going to make loads of changes after the two defeats but I have a trust in these players. I’m loyal to them. 

“We just got back to basics, were organised and that has served us well because we have made progress year on year.”

Mick also had praise for referee James Adcock after he turned down Leeds’ penalty appeal when Sam Byram went down in the box. 

“I thought it was a penalty when I first saw it but I looked at it after and it was a brilliant decision by the referee and a brave one,” added the boss. “I have no idea why he went down because he is in on goal but it wasn’t a penalty.”

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

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