McCarthy: Red card decisive

Mick McCarthy was happy to enjoy the result over the

performance, after his Ipswich side took advantage of their extra

man to beat Leeds 3-0.

McCarthy admitted his team has been second-best before the game

turned on its head following Tom Lees’ dismissal just after the

half-hour mark.

David McGoldrick netted either side of the break, before Jay

Emmanuel-Thomas completed the scoring to move Town four points

clear of the drop zone.

“I’m pleased because it’s the first time I can remember when we

got away with an ordinary performance,” McCarthy said.

“Leeds were better than us, certainly for 30 minutes.

“It was our turn to have a bit of good fortune and the red card

changed the game.

“I don’t think anyone could argue against it. It was a sending

off, in my view.

“We worked hard. We were under the cosh and there was a time

when we would have capitulated but it doesn’t happen now.

“We make saves and blocks, stuck at it and kept a clean sheet

until we had opportunities to score.”

Of his side’s ongoing battle to beat the drop, McCarthy added:

“The whole league is bonkers and the pressure’s starting to

tell.

“You can worry like hell about other results, as I’m sure we all

do, but you can only concentrate on your own results and

performances.”