Ruth­less McCarthy says give me more

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Nic Martins

TRI­UMPHANT Mick McCarthy ad­mit­ted that while he was thrilled to see his side slam five goals past rock-bot­tom Rother­ham, it could have been even bet­ter for the Trac­tor Boys.

A hat-trick from Daryl Mur­phy was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides on pa­per, but McCarthy in­sisted bet­ter de­fend­ing and more clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing could have made it an even big­ger rout.

As it was, Mur­phy’s tre­ble – pre­ceded by Brett Pit­man’s early header and Jonathan Dou­glas’ 25yarder, made it a sat­is­fy­ing day’s work for Ip­swich, even al­low­ing for Bran­don Barker’s su­perb 20-yard strike and Matt Der­byshire’s volleyed goal for the Millers.

“It’s a great game for us. I was just go­ing to say it should have been bet­ter, but I don’t know how much bet­ter you get than a 5-2 vic­tory away from home,” said McCarthy.

“Their first goal was an un­stop­pable shot but I still think we should have been tighter.

“Sec­ond one we went to sleep, dozy back four, great strike but he should never have got there.

“I’ll en­joy the re­sult and per­for­mance, be­cause it was good, but those two goals could have been the ones that cost us, be­cause if they got an­other one they would have been ram­pag­ing for­ward all of a sud­den.

“Over­all it was an out­stand­ing per­for­mance, we put five in, we could have put in an­other three or four – we were run­ning riot in the first half.”

Pit­man con­verted Kevin Bru’s cross to make it 1-0 to Ip­swich on eight min­utes, be­fore Dou­glas slammed home a thump­ing drive from 25 yards.

Mur­phy cap­i­talised on some poor de­fend­ing to make it 3-0 shortly be­fore the break, Barker re­duc­ing the deficit be­fore Mur­phy was given all the space in the world to add his sec­ond.

An ex­cel­lent Der­byshire vol­ley gave the Millers hope be­fore Mur­phy rounded off his hat-trick with a low fin­ish to make it four wins un­beaten for Ip­swich, while Rother­ham have now lost five in six.

“It started in the first minute and went down­hill from there,” lamented Millers boss Neil Red­fearn.

“We were re­ally neg­a­tive in mid­field.We didn’t get close enough to them, we didn’t work hard enough, we didn’t do the ugly stuff well.

“Mur­phy had his own way too much, he bul­lied us at the back, but we just looked like we were go­ing to con­cede.

“The bare min­i­mum your sup­port­ers can ex­pect is the com­mit­ment and the en­deav­our and who­ever comes to play you should know they’ve been in a game.

“But the goals were so easy, Ip­swich haven’t had to work hard.”

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