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13 September 2016

Praise for substitutes as Town climb the Championship table with win at expensively assembled Derby

Mick McCarthy praised the resilience of his side again as Luke Varney’s goal gave Blues the three points at Derby. 

The former Ram’s first goal of the season, after he came off the bench at half-time, lifted Blues to eighth in the Championship table and extended Town’s unbeaten run at the iPro Stadium to 10 years. 

“They are a good side and played very well but we were resilient, got blocks in when we needed to and it was great three points for us,” the Town 
boss told Ipswich Player HD. 

“We mugged them to be honest. They were the better team, had more possession, more chances but they didn’t score. They were all over us for 15 minutes before half-time but they didn’t score because the players put a great shift in. 

“When I say that you get some that look at it almost negatively but it’s what kept us in the game. We scrapped, we battled, we got blocks in. It wasn’t pretty but we got the job done. 

“I had made up my mind early to change it at half-time. We were not coping in wide areas. We had an extra player in midfield but we weren’t making it pay. 

“I put Tom Lawrence on. He’ll do for me by the way. He hasn’t played much competitive football but he worked his socks off and was fantastic for us. 

“Reg has been waiting for his chance and didn’t he take it well tonight. He’s a fantastic lad and it's a big three points for us.”

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