Jan 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Portman Road
IpswichIpswich Town
Murphy (62'), Anderson (90')
Hunt (54'), Anderson (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Pearce (50')

Mick McCarthy pleased with improved Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy applauds during a game on November 27, 2012
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy praises his team for raising their level against Reading to earn their first win in January.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has praised his players for raising their level this weekend to end a run of six games without a win.

The Blues earned their first victory of 2014 by overcoming fellow Championship playoff hopefuls Reading 2-0 at Portman Road, keeping their first clean sheet at home for nine games in the process.

"First half we weren't particularly great, but second half we were a lot better and deservedly won the game," McCarthy told the East Anglian Daily Times.

"I keep saying that you get bad times in the season and we might have another bad time yet.

"What I do know though is that they are a really good honest bunch of pros who were really hurt by [last week's 1-0 defeat at Millwall]. They didn't like that. It's nice when you come back and win against a good side that's fancied to be in the top six."

Three points saw Ipswich climb up to seventh, two points adrift of today's opponents Reading, who occupy the final playoff spot.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy looks on during his team's Championship match against Millwall on January 18, 2014
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