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Tuesday 24 April 2018

McCarthy tells jeering fans to 'shut up'

Manager Mick McCarthy of Ipswich Town
Manager Mick McCarthy of Ipswich Town

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FORMER Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy let fly at a section of Ipswich Town's supporters during their 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday.

Angered by the fans who were barracking Lee Hyam, a graduate of the club's underage system, McCarthy immediately confronted the critics, gesticulating at them, before expressing his frustration afterwards.

"I said 'shut up' (to the crowd)," said McCarthy. "Lee is one of the players to come from our academy and he was getting the bird. I don't like it and took the hump with those who were at him.

"Support our players. When you're having a tough time that's when you need somebody to pat you on the back and cheer you on.

"I would have loved for him to score the winner because he's such a great lad. He runs his socks off every week. He suffered a clash of heads in the first half -- has a bruise the size of an egg on it -- and yet he played on. Near the end he comes close to heading in the winner and would have got it too if it wasn't for that massive bump.

"And then he gets criticised. I have got the hump about that. If you're in my camp, you're inside p****** out, not outside p***** in.

"I want my fans to make it hard for the opposition, not for us. Be hostile towards the team in the other coloured shirts."

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche was full of praise for his players as Burnley prepared to spend Christmas at the top of the Championship following a 2-1 win over Blackpool.

Burnley went ahead through Danny Ings' early goal only for Craig Cathcart to level, but Scott Arfield struck the winner two minutes into the second half.

Dyche said: "I thought we delivered another good performance. We looked solid defensively, had good energy, always looked a threat going forward and scored two fantastic goals."

The win took Burnley ahead of QPR, who suffered their first home league defeat when they went down 1-0 to Leicester, with Jamie Vardy's 41st-minute goal sending the Foxes level on points with their hosts, who had Joey Barton sent off six minutes from time.

Irish Independent

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