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13 February 2016

Praise for debut Blues and second-half display but boss has no arguments over result

Mick McCarthy didn’t think Town did enough to get anything from the game at Ashton Gate but praised his two debutants, Ben Pringle and Kevin Foley. 

Two goals - both headers from corners from Aden Flint - gave Bristol City the points, with Brett Pitman getting Blues back into the game in the second-half with his ninth goal of the season. 

“It was like last week at QPR, we were better in the second-half but did we do enough to deserve something, not really,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD. 

“There was nothing in the game in the first 20 minutes but the goals gave them the momentum. 

“As much as I’m disappointed that we conceded two goals from corners, they were fantastic deliveries, great movement and two good headers. If there was ever a lesson on how to deliver a corner, that was it. 

“There was a bit of needs must when we went five in midfield because of the injuries we’ve got in the middle of the park and with Dougie [Jonathan Douglas] out suspended. 

“I was pleased with Ben and Foles. They got on the ball and passed it and when Foles went into the middle, he was excellent. They will be two good players for us. 

“Bart was excellent as well. He has stepped up to the plate as Gerks has done before. We are lucky to have two very good goalkeepers.”

Town are next in action against Hull on February 23 and Mick has welcomed the extended break, adding: “It gives us a chance to get Luke Hyam back and he should be okay for that game. The others will get some downtime.

“The last two weeks have probably taken their toll but with no game next weekend, we can come back fresh for Hull.”

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

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