People underestimate the importance of team spirit says Mick
Mick McCarthy has hailed the togetherness of his squad as Blues look to continue the push for the Play-Offs over the second half of the season.
Town sit five points off the top six ahead of the visit of fourth placed Derby to Portman Road on Saturday despite being hit by a succession of injuries.
“The injuries we have in midfield is quite ridiculous now but it says something about the players here and what they have achieved so far this season that we are where we are in the league,” writes the Town boss in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.
“We would have taken that at the start of the season so we will certainly take it given the players we have missing.
“I know I can count on whoever puts that blue shirt on though. There is a real togetherness about the squad here.
“People dismiss the importance of team spirit sometimes. They shouldn’t. It’s vital. We have that here definitely.
“I pride myself on creating a good atmosphere around the training ground, along with TC and the other staff but the players have to buy into that and contribute and they do.
“Chambo and Skusey have led the way in that over the last five years or so but it’s not just the big characters, or the more vocal ones. They all play a part. Waggy and Joe have made a big contribution already - on and off the pitch. They settled into the Club straightaway and if you’ve got that camaraderie in the squad, it always gives you a chance of achieving something.”