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McCarthy elated over Ipswich win

17 March 2013

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was elated after his side secured a precious 1-0 victory at home to Bolton.

Carlos Edwards' late winner gave the Blues a vital 1-0 victory against the play-off chasing Trotters.

The Ipswich boss revealed his delight at the three points, and said: "I come in here (to face the media) and try and be nice and calm, but I'm elated.

"Then I walked out again and left them with it. My wife told me off for swearing in front of the grandchildren but she's only seven weeks old!

"It was a huge result and a great three points. Teams don't come much more in-form than Bolton. To be fair, we've done alright against the form teams - we've struggled against the likes of Barnsley, Peterborough and Bristol City.

"I don't know why that should be, but we've certainly progressed. We've got better and become harder to beat. We had a really good first half. They had a spell in the second when they got on top, but when we changed our shape and stemmed the tide we deserved to win overall."

Town's eventual winner came two minutes from time. Mercurial substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas worked his magic down the right and delivered a low cross to the feet of Edwards.

His first effort was blocked by Marcos Alonso, but he reacted quickly to drill the loose ball past Andy Lonergan.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman felt his side had been "mugged", with the Scot adding: "Obviously we're disappointed with the result. It was a very hard-fought and physical Championship game.

"From the 60th minute onwards, I thought we were dominant in possession and created a few opportunities. We could have worked their goalkeeper a bit more, but we looked the more capable team towards the end and the most likely to score. To then get mugged at the end was very disappointing, but we mustn't look back."

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