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Celebrations frustrate McCarthy

28 April 2013

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy wants his side to be celebrating a play-off spot rather than dodging relegation this time next year.

McCarthy admitted feeling uncomfortable that his side went on a post-match lap of appreciation, following their 3-1 success at home to Birmingham.

Ipswich secured their npower Championship status thanks to goals from Carlos Edwards, Luke Chambers and Daryl Murphy, before Chris Burke pulled one back for below-par Birmingham.

McCarthy said: "I'm not really happy that we went round applauding our crowd because we'd stayed up, having been scrapping to avoid relegation.

"I'd prefer to go round thinking we're in the play-offs. I didn't enjoy that.

"But it was a lap of appreciation from us to them, for their support.

"If someone had said to me in November that we'd need 60 points to stay up and we'd only got seven, I'd have said: 'Do me a favour. Forget it - we'll never get anywhere near it'."

The flat performance left Blues boss Lee Clark frustrated after the match.

"In English football it's all about playing with a high tempo, purpose and intensity," Clark said. "We were too flat to start with and that first-half performance is not what we're about.

"I'm three stone overweight and even I could have gone out and played at that tempo. I was really frustrated because we contributed to our own downfall by conceding such crazy goals.

"Carlos Edwards' strike was an unstoppable strike but we gave the ball away so cheaply. Then for the second it was a free header."

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