Don’t call me boring, says Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy after draw with Norwich City

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy watches his side draw with Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Fo

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy watches his side draw with Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has called upon supporters to be more consistent with their emotions after hailing his team's performance in yesterday lunchtime's 1-1 East Anglian derby draw with Norwich City at Portman Road.

The Blues folded badly in the 2-0 defeat at Brentford but impressed in last Tuesday night's goalless draw at Wolves and matched their bitter rivals as Jonas Knudsen's strike cancelled out Cameron Jerome's opener.

Asked if it was a performance that might re-enthuse fans, who he had described as 'fearful' in the build-up, McCarthy replied: 'Look, I get sick to death by this. We play one bad half and we are all rubbish. It's 'get somebody who cares', and I'm boring.

'That's what somebody called me last week. I wish he'd have said it to my face because his pint of lager, he'd have been wearing it, let me tell you.

'I heard the comments, but if that's what they think about me and my team then they are sadly mistaken.

'I'm not having that. And I'm not having that all of a sudden we are great this week.

'Do me a favour. Let's all be consistent about it. It really does irk me that. Up and down like a fiddler's elbow. I'm all right one week and I'm not the next.'

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Labelling Town 'the better side', McCarthy bemoaned another officials' decision going against his team after Jonathan Douglas had a goal ruled out for a close offside call in the second minute.

He said: 'I'm told it was onside so, if that be the case, I'll be battering PGMOL's (Professional Game Match Officials Ltd) door down Monday morning with a tirade of 'hey, any chance of us getting a decision?'

'We've had two in a week (after Daryl Murphy's header was controversially chalked off at Wolves) so we're owed a little bit.

'Maybe we'll get the decisions back over the course of the season. Let's hope so.'

With left-back Knudsen scoring only his second goal for the club with a crisp right-footed effort from the edge of the box, the Blues boss quipped: 'I didn't buy him for that, let me tell you, because his right foot is usually akin to my right foot!

'He does all the ugly jobs well, gets up and down, puts the tackles in and is a proper grafter, so it's nice for him to get a bit of love for scoring.'

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