Carrow Road

Last Game

Norwich 3 - 1 Ipswich

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 12:15

Sky Bet Ch'ship Play-Offs Semi-Final

McCarthy and Gray satisfied

Mick McCarthy and Stuart Gray paid tribute to their respective squads after Ipswich edged out Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Portman Road to conclude their Sky Bet Championship seasons.

Last Updated: 03/05/14 at 16:13 Post Comment

Mick McCarthy: Proud of his players

Mick McCarthy: Proud of his players

More of the games that matter

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

Their battles might have been at different ends of the table but the two managers cut contented figures after the season ended with a typically lacklustre encounter.

Gray masterminded Wednesday's rise away from the relegation zone after a dreadful first half of the season, while McCarthy has turned Ipswich from relegation contenders to top-six hopefuls.

Ipswich put aside their failure to take their top-six push into the final day with a single-goal victory over the Owls - Tommy Smith and Paul Green scoring to ensure a ninth-place finish, despite Kieran Lee's equaliser.

McCarthy said: "It is progress and I am immensely proud of the lads - I think they have been great.

"I think the majority of fans have appreciated the effort of the players and we have certainly appreciated their support.

"We have not spent a note on anyone coming in and the nucleus of the side will be here next season.

"When you look at the teams below us - Forest, Huddersfield, Bolton - they have all done it differently."

Gray was left frustrated leaving Suffolk pointless after more than shading both chances and possession.

The Owls boss said: "I am a little bit disappointed with how we have ended the season. With 21 goal attempts, we should be doing more.

"We probably deserved something from the game, whether a win or a draw.

"Their goalkeeper pulled off two great saves in the first half and they were defining moments, as we were dominating possession.

"But credit to the players for how we have ended the season. We started with something like one win from 18 games. We have fizzled out a little at the end where we have probably been overstretched."

A dismal first half an hour at Portman Road was livened up by the opening goal, even if Ipswich were slightly fortunate to claim it.

Green showed composure to pick out Daryl Murphy instead of shooting and while Damian Martinez performed heroics to deny the Town striker, Smith was on hand to tap home the rebound in the 37th minute.

Ipswich were then indebted to keeper Dean Gerken, who kept the lead intact with two brilliant saves just before the break.

First he flung himself to his right to push aside Caolan Lavery's angled effort before bettering that with a fine reflex save from Michail Antonio from the resulting corner.

Wednesday finally claimed an equaliser 10 minutes after the restart when Lavery's air-kick fell fortunately into the path of Lee, who made no mistake.

Despite the visitors looking the more likely to add to their tally, it was Ipswich who reclaimed the lead in the 67th minute.

Stephen Hunt's inswinging free-kick was neatly flicked on by Green, who gave Martinez no chance to claim all three points.

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Iker Casillas confident he can hold off David De Gea at Real Madrid

Iker Casillas intends to stay at Real Madrid and is confident he can hold off the challenge of David De Gea at the Bernabeu.

Officials arrested in Switzerland ahead of FIFA meeting

Seven serving FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges, Swiss authorities have confirmed.

Danny Ings subject of £12m Tottenham bid - Sky sources

Tottenham are ready to bid £12m for Burnley striker Danny Ings, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

Europa League: Hardly The AIA Cup

A Spurs fan definitely isn't bothered his side aren't in the Europa League final tonight. Also, a warning about Michael Laudrup, and how to build a team with less than £20m.

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