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Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy praised his players following their gritty 1-0 win over Leicester at Portman Road.

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Mick McCarthy: Hard-fought win

Mick McCarthy: Hard-fought win

David McGoldrick's 85th-minute strike settled an often fractious encounter and gave the hosts a much-needed three points in their battle to avoid relegation.

McCarthy said: "I'm delighted, relieved and glad it's over. It was a well-organised, gutsy performance.

"We weren't the best team by any stretch of the imagination but when it was required we had that little bit of brilliance of composure from David McGoldrick.

"It was a good, aggressive game. You'd expect that from Mick McCarthy and Nigel Pearson teams."

Pearson was less than impressed with some of the challenges, especially a couple on Wes Morgan, who got involved in an altercation with Daryl Murphy shortly before his error gifted McGoldrick the winner.

Of Pearson's moans, McCarthy said: "It got a bit fractious but the reality is that as a centre-half you have to keep your composure.

"There was a tangle of legs but whether he caught him or not I don't know. That upset the applecart a little bit but that would be the last of my worries if I was playing against Chops.

"I've got no sympathy with the centre-half. If it was one of mine, I'd be saying 'you let him upset you and it's cost us the game'."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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