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PLAYERS ARE BETTER THAN THAT

19 January 2016

Mick disappointed that his team fail to take cup opportunity and concedes Pompey deserved to progress

Mick McCarthy had no complaints over the result at Fratton Park and was disappointed that his players didn’t take the opportunity to show what they are capable of.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles reduced the deficit in the second-half with a wonder goal but Pompey held on to their two goal lead at the break to book a FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Bournemouth. 

With a number of players that drew with Preston at the weekend carrying injuries, the Town boss made 11 changes to that side for the replay on the south coast. 

“Maybe having so many players who have not played much football playing at the same time didn’t help,” the Town boss Ipswich Player HD. 

“Having a Chambo out there or a Tommy Smith, or a Skusey may have helped but Chambo has a calf injury, Skusey a tight hamstring and I couldn't afford to play those players and risk losing them for four or five weeks. 

“It’s not easy coming into a team when you have not played for a while but the players out there tonight are better than what they showed and that was disappointing, especially when so many of our fans have made the trip. 

“It was dreadful defending for the penalty and dreadful defending for the second goal and although Ainsley scored a fantastic goal for us and gave us a chance, I have no complaints about the result. Portsmouth deserved to win.”

Town finished with 10 men after Piotr Malarczyk was sent-off for two yellow cards.

“The second one wasn’t a malicious foul. The striker has run across him and it was accidental but I’ve got no arguments over the red card,” added Mick.

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


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