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2 February 2016

Trio off the bench to play part in win as faith in players rewarded again

Mick McCarthy hailed the impact of his substitutes as Town scored late on again to return to the top six with victory over Reading. 

Brett Pitman fired in a 90th minute winner following an excellent cross from fellow sub Luke Varney to give Blues the points after Ryan Fraser’s opener had been cancelled out by a penalty from Garath McCleary. 

“That was one of our hardest games of the season, against a quality side,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD. 

“We didn’t play that well but over the three and a half years I have been here we have shown a determination to keep going to the end and that happened again tonight.

“All three subs made an impact and did what you want from your substitutes. Kevin Bru helped changed the game when he went on at half-time and Reg and Pits combined really well for the winner. It’s given everyone a lift.

“All the talk yesterday was about the transfer window and we have to bring in this player and that player but I have shown faith in those players out there and they have repaid me and us again tonight.”

Mick admitted he thought the penalty awarded against Cole Skuse for a tackle on Hal Robson-Kanu was the wrong call by referee Tim Robinson, until he spoke to his midfielder.

“Skusey was magnificent and I was bleating that it wasn’t a penalty,” explained the boss.

“I asked him after the game though and he half nodded so that was enough for me.”

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

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