Ruthless McCarthy says give me more
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.”