Portman Road

Next Game

Ipswich v Wigan

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Amex Stadium

Last Game

Brighton 3 - 2 Ipswich

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

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

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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Chelsea reach final as Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal sinks Liverpool

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool and a place in the Capital One Cup final.

Three Bears consortium criticise Rangers board over Mike Ashley loan

The Three Bears consortium have criticised Rangers' decision to shun their offer in favour of Sports Direct's £10m loan.

Transfer news: Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko happy at the club

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is happy to stay at the club, despite rumours he is a target for Arsenal.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

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