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2 January 2017

Boss takes positives in performance but laments two 'awful goals to concede'

Mick McCarthy felt Town should have left Loftus Road with all three points after watching his side dictate a lot of the play but go down to a late goal. 

Tom Lawrence levelled the scores for Blues early in the second goal with a fantastic 25 yard strike and Town had chances to have edged ahead but Pawel Wszolek won it for Rangers seven minutes from time.

“We should have won that game. I was delighted with the way we played,” said a bitterly disappointed Town boss to Ipswich Player HD.

“We created a lot of chances, enough to have won. It was a terrific goal from Tom. I can take something from that, from the way we played. We certainly shouldn’t have lost the game. 

“Both goals were avoidable. In fact they were awful goals to concede. We retrieved one back, then Jonas has won a magnificent header, we didn’t clear the ball properly and they have done to us what we should have done to them and put the ball behind us for the winner. 

“What did we have, seven clean sheets in 11? We don’t look like getting one at the moment.”

Mick also explained the reasons for his substitutions, with Grant Ward replacing Josh Emmanuel at the break and then Myles Kenlock and Kevin Bru making way for Jonathan Douglas and Jonas in the last 20 minutes.

“If anyone thinks they were negative changes, they were wrong. The first one worked particularly well. Myles had a calf injury and we had to take him off and Kevin was running on empty and I had to get Dougie in there because they had three in midfield at one stage.

“We might have got overrun but we didn’t. We lost the game because we gave two really poor goals away.”

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

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