Carrow Road

Last Game

Norwich 3 - 1 Ipswich

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 12:15

Sky Bet Ch'ship Play-Offs Semi-Final

McCarthy proud despite defeat

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy rued a costly defensive lapse from his side but was ultimately proud of their performance in defeat to Aston Villa.

Last Updated: 08/01/13 at 14:30 Post Comment

Mick McCarthy: Focusing on Championship survival

Mick McCarthy: Focusing on Championship survival

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Michael Chopra sent hopes of a fourth-round appearance soaring among Ipswich fans as he opened the scoring but Villa fought back with strikes from Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann.

While McCarthy was disappointed to exit the Cup, he insisted his players had done him proud and his priority remains Championship survival.

He said: "When I came, the remit was to stay up and that has not changed.

"Maybe a replay would have got in the way but you don't like to lose and, when we were 2-1 down in the final minute, I would have taken a replay.

"I'm stewing about the goal we conceded just after half-time to bring them level.

"It changed the course of the game and, if you give them opportunities, they have the quality to make it count.

"But I was pleased with our performance as a whole."

McCarthy confirmed he would like to sign QPR striker DJ Campbell on a permanent basis after his recent loan spell at Portman Road.

He said: "I spoke to him last night and told him I'd like to sign him. We will have to see what happens."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Atleti, Arsenal and Liverpool target Vietto

Villarreal are reportedly attempting to renegotiate Luciano Vietto's contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Sepp Blatter plans US trip for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Sepp Blatter is planning to visit the United States to attend next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Mail Box

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

Francis Is Coq Of The North (London)

There is more praise for Mesut Ozil, but it's Francis Coquelin who gets the big love in the Mails. Plus Lazio, Wilshere swears (who cares?) and an over-capped England...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company