Mick’s quick to say it’s not all over just yet...
MANAGER Mick McCarthy refused to label Ipswich Town as completely safe from relegation despite their narrow victory away at Burton Albion on Friday night.
An own goal from Luke Varney and one from Freddie Sears put the Tractor Boys two goals to the good before Lucas Akins slotted home a consolation effort for the hosts.
Ipswich are now nine points clear of the relegation zone with four games to go and while not counting his chickens just yet, McCarthy knows the teams below will need something spectacular to be catch his side now.
“I hope that’s us safe. I think it probably is but I’m not going to say that we definitely are,” explained McCarthy.
“It’s going to be very hard for the clubs below us to catch us. We have leap-frogged Wolves and QPR now and the teams below us have all got to play each other.
“I’ve been studying the table and the fixtures and with Blackburn and Wigan both winning, that added to the pressure going into the game but we dealt with it well.
“I said to the players that we have the hardest game on Monday, against Newcastle, so get the job done here and they have responded to that.”
After a goalless first half, Tom Lawrence’s corner was diverted into his own net by Varney seven minutes after the restart to nudge the visitors in front.
And with just over ten minutes to go Sears doubled their advantage, finishing off a quick counter-attack at the second time of asking.
Burton were offered a way back into the match when Myles Kenlock bundled over Varney inside the penalty area and Akins stepped up to bury the spot-kick with four minutes remaining.
But it was too little too late and Brewers boss Nigel Clough felt his side, who are just two points above relegation zone after Blackburn beat Nottingham Forest, contributed to their own downfall.
“We are disappointed to lose the game, certainly and we contributed to it,” Clough said. “When you score an own goal, you don’t defend corners and you score an own goal, it puts you on the back foot straightaway.
“If there’s one team not fazed by coming here, it’s Ipswich. Their work-rate is exceptional and they really work hard on closing you down and stopping you playing.
“We couldn't deal with that.”
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