Hull City left Suffolk with three points after easing to an away victory over Ipswich Town.
Goals from Markus Henriksen, Harry Wilson and Jarrod Bowen ensured victory for the Yorkshire side. However the home supporters were left infuriated by another performance involving long balls forward and a lack of effort.
Boos at the close of the half and full-time whistles added to an already toxic atmosphere, while laughter arose when the crowd of 13,031 was announced – the lowest at Portman Road since September 1998.
The Blues have now gones five consecutive home matches without a goal – their last home goal coming in a 1-0 win over Leeds in January – as the Suffolk side now stare down the barrel at a 17th season in the Sky Bet Championship.
Jordan Spence’s header struck the post early on for the hosts. However the Tigers were put on their way to a second away win in twelve fixtures on the road when Henriksen drove home from the edge-of-the-area.
The Ipswich players had attempted to keep the ball but it was regularly won easily and every long ball faced opposition from the Town supporters.
But, when Harry Wilson was found un-marked, the Tigers-man pushed the ball past Bartosz Bialkowski to increase the oral opposition.
The introduction of Martyn Waghorn and Callum Connolly provided brief hope of a better performance. However, two minutes after the break, Bowen eased past Connolly and then beat Bialkowski at the near post.
Last night’s performance adds further weight to the opposition to McCarthy and, as his contract comes to an end this summer, it is looking ever more likely that the Yorkshireman finds himself away from Portman Road next season.