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Manager taking stick from fans ahead of Newcastle v Ipswich for not playing 4-4-2

3 years ago
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Fans baffled because it looks so obvious that the Manager should be playing 4-4-2.

Before today’s match at St James Park, the supporters are at again…

Yes, poor Mick McCarthy is getting it in the neck again, despite winning 2-0 in midweek.

However, unlike the Newcastle fans who every match hope to hear both Gayle and Mitrovic’ name read out in the starting eleven, it is very understandable where Ipswich fans are concerned.

The stats are pretty horrific when it comes to goals and entertainment at Portman Road…and even worse when they are on the road.

Only Derby (seven goals) have scored less than the nine Ipswich have managed, with only two in six away games for McCarthy’s players – going into that match v Burton on Tuesday, Ipswich had failed to score in any of their previous five games.

It does kind of put into perspective the grumbles Newcastle fans have, top Championship scorers with 27 goals despite playing with only one striker and Mohamed Diame struggling to either create or score goals.

Former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy makes no apologies for his tactics and declares ‘I know you can’t win games nil-nil…Anyway, I’m not into what supporters think. I’m into results’.

The Ipswich boss says that hardly anybody plays 4-4-2 and knows Rafa Benitez won’t do it this afternoon.

McCarthy accepts that Ipswich were a little fortunate on Tuesday, with Burton having 18 shots to the 10 of Ipswich, yet still managing a clean sheet – the Ipswich Manager saying that if they give Newcastle the same number of opportunities the outcome will be very different.

Mick McCarthy speaking to the Sudbury Mercury:

“I know you can’t win games nil-nil, I fully understand that.

“We’re not just sitting back though, far from it. We leave two centre-backs and a sitting midfield player to defend when we are attacking.

“We don’t try and be defence-minded but we are good at defending. I’m hoping we’re going to be good at that on Saturday at Newcastle because I think we’ll have to be.

“If Newcastle get the chances that Burton had we’ll be picking the ball out of the net, no doubt.

“We scored the first (in Tuesday beating Burton 2-0) when our full-back has run at Lloyd Dyer, their left wing-back, and for the second goal their right wing-back was on the halfway line.

“It was that sort of wide open game with chances at both ends. I’m not so sure it will be that open on Saturday.

 “I know fans want to see exciting, attacking football.

“Go and speak to the Dutch, who play 4-3-3 all the time, and ask if they see exciting, attacking football. Liverpool play 4-3-3 all the time and no one says anything about that. Very rarely do teams play 4-4-2 these days.

“Newcastle won’t. They’ll have one up front and one dropped in, Mohamed Diame or someone else. It would be a little bit rich to go up there and expect us to batter them playing 4-4-2 wouldn’t it? Even for the most optimistic supporter.

“Anyway, I’m not into what supporters think. I’m into results. We’ve got four points from two games. That’s my job, not listening to everybody else’s opinions.”

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