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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy: We deserved win

17 August 2015

Mick McCarthy believes his Ipswich Town side were deserving of their win against Sheffield Wednesday after securing three points courtesy of a 2-1 success.

Ross Wallace gave the visiting Owls the lead at Portman Road but goals from Freddie Sears and Tommy Smith saw the Tractor Boys notch three points.

“They are a good side, with good players and we had to play well to win that match but we deserved it in the end,” the manager told Ipswich's official website.

“We had chances before they scored but we had to show our mettle again to come back and win the game after they went ahead.”

The result extended Ipswich's undefeated start to the Sky Bet Championship season, after they drew 2-2 at Brentford in Match Round 1.

Read more: Sky Bet Championship Match Round 2 review

Manager McCarthy reserved special praise for match-winner Smith, but praised the collective effort of his side in what was their first home league match of 2015/16.

“You want your defenders to chip in with goals and Tommy does that. He’s brave and he is prepared to go in there where it hurts and he got his reward for that.

“Technically he is one of the best headers of a ball I’ve seen, certainly in the league. That was a perfect header as well because it ended up in the net!

“What epitomised that win for me though was, I put Brett Pitman on to play up front and moved Murph to the left. Murph was knackered though so Brett came out to the left to stop Jack Hunt getting forward.

“Didz [David McGoldrick] stopped them playing from the front and Freddie went out right without a question and does it well. They were all prepared to do those other jobs for the team. That’s great.”

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