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19 April 2016

'We played at a good tempo and looked a potent force. I wonder where that team has gone' says Mick

Mick McCarthy said he is baffled why his side have lacked the spark and energy recently that they showed earlier in the season. 

Blues needed a late goal from Jonas Knudsen, his first for the Club, to salvage a point against a Fulham team led by the influential Scott Parker, who set up Moussa Dembele’s opener midway through the second-half. 

The draw leaves Blues eight points adrift of the Play-Off places with only three games to play. 

“It was a great goal by Jonas and to be honest, it was the only moment in the game I enjoyed,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD.

“It was an awful game. They sat in, looked to catch us on the break and we invited it. We were all over the place for the goal. 

“Mind you, it was a good goal from their part and I thought Scott Parker was different class for them. He was still going strong near the end at what 35 and showing that desire to win. 

“Didz made a difference for us when he went on. He got on the ball and had a big hand in the goal.  

“After we scored, we had players getting around the pitch and getting in their box but until that, it was flat. 

“I look back on some of the performances where we had players getting around the pitch at pace. We played at a good tempo and looked a potent force. I wonder where that team has gone, certainly over the last three or four games at home. If I knew the answer it wouldn’t have happened in the first place. 

“Maybe teams have sat in and made it difficult for us and we haven’t been able to pick a hole. When we haven’t got Murph [Daryl Murphy], we have lacked that aerial threat as well.

“We have also been caught on the break. Their goal tonight was a carbon copy of Brentford. It’s something we are going to have to sit down and have a real look at.” 

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

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