Mick McCarthy, the Ipswich Town manager, is not a man known for mincing his words and he was on top-form today after the Tractor Boys’ 1-0 victory over Leeds United.

Ipswich had been on a bad run of form, entering this game at Portman Road on the back of with only one point gained from 12 possible over their last four games. Their last game had been a 4-1 hiding at the hands of an improving Fulham side.

A much-changed Leeds United outfit stumbled to an embarrassing loss at Newport County in the FA Cup Third Round last weekend, a game that saw influential playmaking attacking midfielder Samu Saiz dismissed for spitting.

That red card incident for the Spaniard was repeated today with Eunan O’Kane’s 37th minute dismissal for violent conduct.

O’Kane’s dismissal forced a formation change for the Whites, who at least didn’t fold like they had six days prior against Newport. Ipswich were, at times ragged and at other times pressed, as Leeds went a them yet still deserved the result.

In his presser, Mick McCarthy was asked a question about the absence of regular stopper Bartosz Bialkowski for today’s game. With some hinting of a conspiracy at hand, McCarthy definitely laid those rumours to rest – and in quite an emphatic manner.

Talking of a game where Ipswich had drawn 1-1, despite dominating the Whites, McCarthy said someone had said: “Some people might think that’s two points dropped. And I said ‘Some people can f**k off.

He then acknowledged that there were conspiracy theories floating around about the keeper’s absence versus Leeds saying: “I know that there are some people thinking that Bart was out this evening ‘cos he wasn’t injured. Similarly!”


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