McCarthy under fire as Tractor stalled
Mick McCarthy's future as manager of Ipswich Town is the subject of fresh speculation after his team came within four minutes of being booted out of the FA Cup by non-League Lincoln City at Portman Road.
"Tom Lawrence got us out of jail with that goal. I thought Lincoln were excellent and are probably feeling very unlucky," admitted McCarthy, who was booed as he left the pitch after the 2-2 draw.
"I am bitterly disappointed about the goals we have conceded but they are very confident at the moment and we are struggling with confidence - so maybe it wasn't too much of a surprise.
"The boos will stop if we get players to play well or maybe they won't. I don't think we gave the best account of ourselves, but the positives for me is that we didn't lose and we are still in the cup."
Lincoln twice led through Theo Robinson but Lawrence scored two equalisers to rescue a replay for the Tractor Boys.
Proud Lincoln boss Danny Cowley said: "My players were heroic for me today, absolutely heroic. There was a tinge of disappointment at the end, but the overriding emotion in the dressing room is one of pride. We've nothing to fear in the replay."