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Sunday 17 June 2018

Mick rues derby loss

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy rued his side's missed chances following yesterday's East Anglian derby defeat to Norwich City.

City beat arch rivals Ipswich 1-0 after James Maddison's goal secured victory at Portman Road to claim local bragging rights and move into the Sky Bet Championship play-off spots for the first time this season.

McCarthy said of Norwich: "I think they're a good side and they're very hard to break down. They've got some good players.

"But for the majority of that game, certainly the first half, we were the better side. We just haven't taken our chances and they have. I'm pleased with my team's performance, I've got no qualms about that, I'm just bitterly disappointed with the result.

"It hurts me to lose any game but it's never ever going to hurt me as much as it hurts fans who have supported the club for 30 years. But as a professional, and someone who's very proud about what they do and how they do it, I'm extremely disappointed."

For the Canaries, it was a fifth straight away victory. Defeat for Ipswich meant their miserable run in this fixture continues as they remain without a derby win since 2009.

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