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Mick McCarthy savours Ipswich Town's best performance of the season

8 December 2014

Mick McCarthy hailed Ipswich Town's emphatic 4-1 win over Leeds United as his side's best yet this season.

Ipswich remained second in the Championship after earning a comfortable three points over a struggling Leeds side.

For a few brief minutes, a shock looked on the cards after the visitors took a surprise fourth-minute lead, Mirko Antenucci tapping into the empty net after Stephen Warnock's cross.

But the lead lasted just eight minutes and by half-time, Ipswich were 3-1 up.

They equalised through a powerful header by in-form Daryl Murphy before strike partner David McGoldrick stroked home a penalty after Warnock needlessly bundled over Paul Anderson.

Just before half-time, Murphy burst clear to fire low under Marco Silvestri before a fourth duly followed just three minutes after the restart, Tommy Smith credited with the goal despite Christophe Berra possibly getting the final touch to his goalbound header.

McCarthy beamed: "That was as good as we have played all season for a number of reasons.

"We went 1-0 down and had to recover against a team who are playing well. We scored four goals and our all-round performance was very good.

"The goal just after half-time (Ipswich's fourth) was the crucial one.

"You are always on red alert as you don't want to concede, but I actually got a bit cold in the last five minutes. It was nice not to be biting my nails at the end for a change."

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