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Wednesday 12 December 2018

McCarthy denies fans 'gesture'

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Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has denied he had sworn and directed an offensive gesture towards his own fans during yesterday's East Anglian derby draw at Norwich City.

The Town boss had received criticism for his decision to substitute the impressive Dominic Iorfa late on, with Luke Chambers' lead goal coming shortly after the switch.

"It was nothing like that," the former Ireland manager said. "It was just the emotion of the game taking over - I was just celebrating the goal.

"It was very straightforward with Dominic, he was cramping up so I took him off. I was just doing my job, which I happen to think I do particularly well."

As for the game itself, he added: "I thought we played very well but we just let our guard down in the 95th minute.

"In the first half I thought we attacked and defended well and in the second half we worked really hard, got our blocks in and got our goal near the end. I would say we did our job well for 95 minutes, but unfortunately we couldn't see it out."

The point kept Ipswich above Norwich in mid-table.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke paid tribute to the battling qualities of his side after a last-gasp Grant Hanley equaliser snatched them a dramatic 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

"Obviously it was a big setback for us when we went behind so late in the game, but with this group I always know they have the mentality to come back, the fitness to come back and always have the ability to score a goal," Farke said.

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