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27 August 2016

Mick delighted with style and substance of his team and has special praise for Tommy and Pits

Mick McCarthy described the win over Preston as a ‘man’s performance’ as Town made it seven points from nine at home this season. 

Grant Ward’s fourth goal in Town colours after joining from Tottenham less than a month ago gave Blues the points, with the boss delighted with his team and picked out two players in particular. 

“It was a really good performance. We played some very good football in the first-half and we were full of energy and endeavour,” Mick told Ipswich Player HD.

“In the second-half, we had to scrap it out and we did that. It was a real ‘man’s performance’ and a big win going into the international break. 

“Pits [Brett Pitman] and Tommy [Smith] came into the team and were different class. Pits was excellent and showed what he is about and I wanted to bring in Tommy. I knew how the game was going to go and that they got big powerful players and there is no better header of the ball than Tommy. He’s got that bit of nous as well and he’s up for the battle. 

“He has not been happy and not been in the team but he’s trained really well and him and Pits have come into the team today and been fantastic for us.”

Mick cleared up his altercation with the fourth official when trying to make a substitution - with a smile on his face. 

“I can look back on it now and laugh but it wasn’t funny at the time,” he said. 

“I was going to put Reg on for Freddie to give us that extra height and gave the card to the fourth official, then changed my mind because Pits was goosed. 

“The fourth official said I couldn’t change my mind. I said I could have he can’t make the substitutions for me! I got myself into trouble for my reaction but I can’t have the officials making subs for me! 

“To be fair, he was under huge pressure and it turned out okay in the end.”

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

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