Boss delighted by level of display from young Blues
Mick McCarthy said he was extremely proud of his young team after watching Blues push Crystal Palace all the way in the Carabao Cup.
Only two terrific strikes from James McArthur in the last 15 minutes broke the resistance of what is believed to be youngest Town side in history and even then Bersant Celina struck in added on time to give the home side a scare.
“I said to them before they went out there, you might get one game, you might get 150 games in the first-team so make sure you live up to and I think they all lived up to it.
“It took a moment of quality to get them ahead and we were tiring by then. I didn’t want us to lose four or five because the players didn’t deserve that.
“They were all terrific and a few of them out there surprised me with their performance as well. They have shown they may be able to handle first-team football and I wasn’t sure that was the case before.
“Now the challenge for them is to take that on and play like that in the U23 games. I want that level of performance from then in those games and that hasn’t always been the case.
“I want to mention Gerks as well. We have two outstanding ‘keepers and I feel for Gerks that he’s not in the side because Bart has been so good but he was brilliant for us.”
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