Championship - Ipswich players respond to McCarthy

Mick McCarthy gave his Ipswich side a half-time dressing down before watching them recover to break the resistance of plucky Yeovil and win 2-1.

PA Sport Report

The Town boss watched his team largely control the first half at Portman Road, but go in at the interval a goal down following Joel Grant's stunning strike in the 42nd minute.

McCarthy left his players in no doubt of his thoughts during the break after Ipswich were booed off by a section of the home crowd.

And he got the reaction he wanted as goals from Daryl Murphy and Aaron Chambers secured the three points and lifted Ipswich into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship.

The Blues boss revealed: "At half-time, I was livid at our inability to make the final pass.

"We were trying to score too quickly and we were crossing from bad positions. We should have been in front when we conceded so I didn't mind us getting the bird (from the fans)."

McCarthy was left more delighted by two goals in the first 15 minutes after the restart as Murphy equalised at the second attempt and Cresswell stroked home a clinical right foot shot after seeing his initial low cross rebound back into his path.

After Town followed up Saturday's comprehensive 3-1 win over Middlesbrough with another victory, McCarthy added: "The players have said it was harder to beat Yeovil than it was Middlesbrough.

"But that was because we had more forward play and more attacks. But when we gave it away, they came straight back on top of us. They have got some tidy footballers."

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