Mick McCarthy says Ipswich were good value for win at Sheffield Wednesday

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 by PA

Mick McCarthy says Ipswich were good value for win at Sheffield Wednesday

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy felt his side were worthy winners after securing a 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

Martyn Waghorn scored both goals for Ipswich, with Lucas Joao equalising at Hillsborough for the hosts.

The results moves the Tractor Boys into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table, and McCarthy felt his side were good value for their three points.

“I think overall we deserved to win,” he said. “It was a right royal scrap in the first half and we matched them in every department.

“We didn’t allow them to play and I thought we just shaded it. In the second, we were the better team.

“It was great to see Waggy get two goals – his second was real quality. He’s got a wand of a left foot.

“For him now to get his goals, he can calm down a bit and play his game and he’ll get more.

“We had a different threat when Freddie (Sears) came on. He runs in behind and stretches it and he was excellent, as he has been.

“They’ve all played well and it’s been a good team performance.

“I still think it’s too much for us to make the play-offs, but I didn’t say we’d stop trying.”

Wednesday’s Atdhe Nuhiu was denied by keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, who made a stunning reflex save to keep out the striker’s close-range volley.

Waghorn struck first in the 51st minute, firing in from close range after a Freddie Sears cross was headed back across the face of goal by Callum Connolly.

Joe Wildsmith made a superb save to prevent the hosts going further behind, turning a header from Sears over the bar.

Joao equalised with a fine solo effort, producing some neat skill to hold off a couple of defenders as he advanced into the area before slotting the ball past Bialkowski.

Waghorn scored a superb winner seven minutes from time, curling a free-kick from just outside the right-hand side of the area into the far corner of the net.

Wednesday have now lost their last five games and manager Jos Luhukay said: “Over 90 minutes, we have a team with no belief. They have not the confidence to play offensive and create chances.

“We had maybe only two or three chances and it was not enough to make a result. Ipswich had three chances and scored two times.

“When you have not a result, you must win games to get confidence back. They must stay together.

“We now have three days to speak with each other and Saturday is a new chance to do it better than we did today.

“It is positive that teams below us also lost, but we must look to us and not to other teams. We have to make a good step forwards.

“This team can play better. We win together and we lose together. They must believe in each other and come away from this situation.”


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