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McCarthy keeps expectations in check

9 December 2012

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after seeing his side continue their explosive run of form with a 3-0 win against Millwall.

The Lions had been on a magnificent 13-game unbeaten run but were swept aside at Portman Road, after two goals from DJ Campbell and one from Daryl Murphy.

The win made it 16 points from a possible 24 since McCarthy replaced Paul Jewell, but the Town boss said: "I like the fact our supporters are getting excited but I'm not getting carried away.

"We've got Leeds away next weekend and then a really tough Christmas period.

"Everyone is starting to talk differently, rather than about staying up, but I'm just happy with the points today.

"I was delighted and thought we deserved it, although I wouldn't say it was easy. The lads are knackered and really put a shift in. Teams only play as much as we allow them to and I thought our boys were terrific in stopping Millwall play."

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett felt his side should have been in front at the break.

"We should have been a goal ahead," he said. "Wood's (disallowed) goal from Lowry's pass was clearly onside, having seen it again, but we've gone in 1-0 down.

"Their keeper has made three very good saves and we've had an onside goal disallowed. We could have been one or two up in that period, but instead we found ourselves 1-0 down.

"The start of the second half was poor for us. Two poor goals took the game away from us. We've been defending very well, but Murphy and Campbell were a handful for us and made key contributions for Ipswich."

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