MCCARTHY LAUDS BLUES ESCAPE ACT
David’s winner sees off Athletic
MICK McCarthy admitted he was a relieved man after seeing his Ipswich Town side recover to beat Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
Brett Pitman scored two either side of Yanic Wildschut’s brace, before substitute David McGoldrick’s late winner lifted the pressure on McCarthy – ending a run of three league games without a win.
“Warren Joyce must be sat there thinking, ‘How have we lost that?’” he said.
“I thought we started very well and for half-an-hour we dominated them. I don’t know what the penalty was for but we got it, we scored it and then were all over them.
“We should have taken advantage of it, but we didn’t.
“As soon as they made a mess of their first free-kick it was a certainty that the second one would go in and it did. That’s just how the season has been going.
“After that, they were better than us, but we made the substitutions and they’ve made a real impact and won us the game.”
It was a moment of controversy which opened the scoring; Latics defender Dan Burn looked to have won the ball cleanly from Tom Lawrence.
But referee Keith Stroud bewilderingly pointed to the spot, much to the displeasure of the home supporters. Pitman dispatched the spot-kick confidently and Town were in front.
That decision initially rocked the hosts; their play was riddled with errors, and their makeshift back-line were vulnerable.
But as the half went on, Wigan’s confidence grew and the leveller came ten minutes before the break.
Max Power’s thunderous free-kick was parried away by Bartosz Bialkowski but Wildschut was there on the rebound to sweep it high into the net.
The hosts now had their tails up. Power took aim from 20 yards, which forced a good save from the out-stretched Bialkowski.
But back came Ipswich; Jonny Williams cannoned a shot off the post with an expert volley shortly before the break.
As the Lancashire fog descended in the second half, Wildschut was outstanding for the hosts.
Cutting in on the left, the Dutchman was running Town’s defence ragged, drawing good saves and leaving the Tractor Boys’ back-line scrambling to clear.
The man-of-the match had Wigan ahead with a blistering finish into the top corner after cutting in off the left, and it looked as though a first home win since late September was on the cards.
But Ipswich weren’t finished. First, Pitman doubled his tally for the day with a neat finish from 10 yards before McGoldrick’s header two minutes from time settled this thrilling contest, leaving Latics manager Joyce disappointed with the result.
“The first goal is a real kick in the teeth because it wasn’t a penalty,” he said.
“The performances have been there but the results haven’t. We played some really good football and scoring three or four goals wouldn’t have been unrealistic.
“It’s like a boxing match; at 2-1 you have to put them to the sword. You have to be more ruthless. At 3-1 the game is dead but we just couldn’t get it.”
PICK YOUR SPOT: Brett Pitman scores the first of his two goals