Boss sees the positives as Blues push Championship leaders all the way
Mick McCarthy was disappointed with the result but delighted with his team’s performance in the narrow defeat at table toppers Leeds.
David McGoldrick and Joe Garner were on target but a Bart Bialkowski own goal from a corner proved to be the decisive moment in a 3-2 win for the Whites in front of a full house at Elland Road.
“We gave some bad goals away - they will be saying the same thing - so I’m disappointed with that and obviously the fact that we have left with nothing but as a performance, I was very pleased,” the Town boss told i Follow Ipswich.
“We had the game by the scruff of the neck in the second-half when it was 2-1 and I wanted to change it and get Bersant Celina and Freddie [Sears] on and turn all the pressure we were putting on Leeds into a goal and then they get a corner and score from it.
“It was a mistake from Bart but we will forgive him because he’s been different class for us, our best player over the last two years and has won us a lot of points.
“Didzy and Garns were brilliant and there was a lot to be happy about, especially in the second-half when we were really on top.
“I’m not going to talk about whether we can get in the Play-Offs and all that but if we play as well as we have done today on a consistent basis - and at a place that is never easy to come to - then we will have a good season.”
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