In an interview with the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that his side ‘have a bit of work to do’ before they can say they are safe from relegation. Last night they endured a frustrating home draw against struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Tractor Boys may have only lost just once in their previous nine matches, but seven of those have ended in draws. They are on a run of fix consecutive draws in the Sky Bet Championship, and no other side in the English second-tier has drew as many matches as Ipswich have.

Their latest draw leaves them eleven points above the relegation zone with ten games remaining this season. Although it would be unlikely for them to be dragged into the picture, he still wouldn’t go as far as saying they are safe just yet,

I think we’ve still got a bit to do. I think we’ve got to scrap it out. We’ve got 10 games to play – we’ve got to play better than that.”

Just like their weekend draw at home to Brentford, Ipswich under-performed and were under big pressure in the second half, something McCarthy can provide an explanation for that being the case,

“They’ve had the better of the second half, just like Brentford did on Saturday. Why that is I don’t know. Actually it might be because they’ve got good players and are quite a good team, despite their position. I have no idea why they are there (a point above the bottom three).

“Look at that players they’ve got with (Ben) Marshall and (Jon Dadi) Bodvarsson. They’ve got a £13m player on the bench (Helder Costa). (Andreas) Weimann costs a chunk of money and was a Premier League player.

“The only positive I’ve got is that we didn’t get beat and we got a clean sheet.”


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