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MICK: ONE STEP FORWARD, ONE BACK

3 December 2016

Boss says Blues must find cutting edge in final third to gain momentum

Mick McCarthy had no complaints about Town’s performance or the penalty that gave Bristol a first-half lead but says Blues must improve the quality in the final third to move forward.

Lee Tomlin converted from the spot after Bart Bialkowski was judged to have caught Tammy Abraham in the box to give the hosts the advantage and then a wonder volley from Luke Freeman in the second-half secured the points for the Robins.   

“I have no complaints over the penalty. Tammy Abraham has reacted quicker than us. Bart has caught him,” conceded the Town boss, talking to Ipswich Player HD. 

“The referee took a long time to make the decision and I just hope it wasn’t their appeals that persuaded him. That said, we would have been appealing for it if it was our penalty.

“The second goal was a worldly. It was a soft free-kick decision and then a rubbish free-kick but when the ball has fallen for him [Freeman], it was an unbelievable strike. 

“It came at a time when we were right on top and I have no complaints with the performance, certainly in the second-half. 

“In terms of our final third though, we were poor. The final pass, the final touch, crossing when we are in good positions, the finishing. We were sadly lacking in that and we have only scored 17 goals this season. 

“That is what is holding us back at the moment. It’s one step forward, one step back. When we finished sixth, we had Murph on 27 goals, Didz on a dozen or so. We need to get back at it. We need to finish off all the hard work, all the scrapping with a bit of quality and we are not doing that.”

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


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