The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IP­SWICH Town man­ager Mick McCarthy has said his side must stick to­gether to get through a dif­fi­cult run of form.

Go­ing into the week­end’s game against Not­ting­ham For­est, the Trac­tor Boys had not won in five, record­ing three draws and two losses.

Ip­swich de­fied the odds last sea­son to fin­ish sixth be­fore los­ing to lo­cal ri­vals Nor­wich City in the play-offs.

And McCarthy, 56, is pos­i­tive they can re­cover this time around.

“When things are go­ing against you and peo­ple are on the turn what you can’t af­ford to do is turn on each other,” he said.

“You need to stick to­gether and keep play­ing.We are far from the po­si­tion we were in three years ago.

“We’ve just got to keep go­ing and be con­fi­dent that we can turn it around, and I don’t doubt that for one minute.”

Be­fore play­ing Not­ting­ham For­est, McCarthy’s side had not scored in three games and Daryl Mur­phy – who hit 27 goals last sea­son – was yet to find the net.

“There are no mugs in the league,” he added.

“We’ve just got to do our damnedest to get back to win­ning ways.”

DE­FI­ANT: Mick McCarthy

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