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23 January 2016

Mick pleased with response to red card but said sending-off changed the course of the game

Mick McCarthy felt Town didn’t get the rewards the performance deserved at St Andrew’s. 

Ryan Fraser could have had a hat-trick, while Daryl Murphy and Freddie Sears also went close but Blues were undone by superb strikes from Jon Toral and 

Maikel Kieftenbeld in the second-half after Will Buckley had given Birmingham a half-time lead. 

Town played the second-half with 10 men after Jonathan Douglas was dismissed for a challenge on Buckley in an incident that Mick saw as changing the game. 

“We have played worse than that this season and won,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD. 

“We had good passages of play in the first-half and chances but the sending-off has changed the course of the game. 

“I knew he was going to send Dougie off but I’m not sure how much contact was made. The referee said it was a two footed challenge but it certainly wasn’t that. It could be looked at as harsh. 

“What irked me was that Buckley caught Jonas Knudsen with a challenge that was far more aggressive than Dougie’s and nothing was done about that and then in the second-half Ryan was kicked in the head but there was no foul given for that either. It’s the inconsistencies.   

“We were different class in the second-half and really took the game to them. Ryan was fantastic, Freddie and Murph as well. They caused Birmingham problems and I was delighted with the reaction but we were done by two thunderbolts from them and didn’t get the rewards we deserved.” 

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

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