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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy: 'It wasn't our day'

Mick McCarthy feels that his Ipswich Town side didn't get the rub of the green during Sunday's East Anglian derby defeat to Norwich City.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has bemoaned his side's bad luck during this afternoon's East Anglian derby defeat to Norwich City.

The Blues went down 2-0 at Carrow Road to remain sixth in the Championship table and be overtaken by Norwich, who move up to third and within a point of the automatic promotion places.

Despite the scoreline, McCarthy felt that there wasn't much in the game, with Ipswich having more shots on target and more possession.

"I don't think there was a lot in the game," PA quotes McCarthy as saying. "Norwich didn't dominate us, but they scored the two goals and won the match.

"Their first goal was a great strike and you have to take your hat off to [Bradley Johnson], but the cross took a deflection to get to him. The second goal [scored by Lewis Grabban] took a big deflection and I think Bartosz [Bialkowski] would have saved it without that. On the day we didn't get anything like that.

"I know how much this game means to the fans, but we can't dwell on it. It's important now that we knuckle down and at least finish in the playoffs. If we do that then it will have been a successful season for us."

Ipswich are two points above seventh-placed Brentford and face six more of the top eight promotion contenders in their final 12 fixtures of the season.


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