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McCarthy welcomes end to losing run

4 November 2012

Mick McCarthy admitted he would not even be in the Ipswich hot seat if his newly-acquired side had replicated their performance in Saturday's 1-0 win over Birmingham over the first quarter of the npower Championship season.

Just 48 hours after McCarthy was installed as Paul Jewell's successor, the Suffolk outfit claimed three welcome points from what was a largely lacklustre encounter against an abject Birmingham side.

"All in all it was a fairly even game," McCarthy said. "I just said to them you should be embarrassed that you're bottom of the league. If they'd have worked like that, played like that and blocked things like that then I wouldn't even be in the job."

Town went into the encounter at St Andrew's winless in 12 successive matches in all competitions, boasting just one league victory all season and just another defeat away from their worst start to a campaign in 49 years.

DJ Campbell, who enjoyed 18 months at St Andrew's, turned and struck home his third goal in five appearances since joining on loan from QPR to secure the decisive strike after just eight minutes.

McCarthy added: "You couldn't have asked for much better than first game getting a win and ending a losing streak for the club, and a losing streak for me. My last game was a defeat (as Wolves boss in February) and I didn't want to start with one."

It was a fourth winless match in succession for Blues on home soil after some positive away performances, including last weekend's impressive 1-0 win at Leeds, and boss Lee Clark said: "We're creating a negative attitude around the stadium with our first-half performance.

"We're starting (home) games - certainly Barnsley, Huddersfield and today - so flat that the crowd become apprehensive and a bit bored to be honest with you because they're not getting dished up any quality or drive.

"I like continuity and I try to keep the same team but, with the exception of one or two, there aren't many putting down markers week in, week out to hold down a regular place in the team. I hate changing the team around but I've got to have players who are playing consistently well week in, week out home and away."


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