Wednesday 21 August 2019

Mick McCarthy: I told Daryl Murphy 'leave your sister at home and you score regularly'

Daryl Murphy bagged a hat-trick
Daryl Murphy bagged a hat-trick

Jonathan Veal

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy reflected on a superb performance as his side ran riot in a 5-2 win at rock-bottom Rotherham which was inspired by Daryl Murphy's hat-trick.

The striker, who won the division's golden boot last season with 27 goals, had failed to scale those heights again so far this season, but he found his range in South Yorkshire with a maiden career treble in English football.

His first goals of the season were added to by Brett Pitman and Jonathan Douglas as McCarthy's men hammered the Millers, stretching their unbeaten run to four games.

The Town boss said: "It was a great game for us, it should have been better, but I don't know how better a 5-2 victory away from home gets.

"Overall, it was an outstanding performance, we put five in and we could have put another three or four in. We were running riot in the first half.

"I'll enjoy the result and performance, but their two goals could have cost us. I don't like that, we should have been more secure than that."

Rotherham had briefly threatened a comeback by scoring two goals in three minutes when 4-0 down before Murphy's third made sure of the game.

And McCarthy was pleased his main man in attack found his form, especially with the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia and Herzegovina coming up.

"Everyone is for delighted for him," he added. "It's lovely to have him back playing. I am delighted for him.

"Form is temporary, class is permanent, I hope that rule fits for him. I was certain he was going to get the goals after the last three performances when he works hard. He gets chances when he plays like that.

"I would imagine he has put himself in (Republic manager) Martin O'Neill's mind, I don't pick anyone's side for them, though. It came at a nice time."

Speaking on BBC Radio Suffolk, McCarthy joked: "I said 'welcome back Murph, we don't want to see your sister again who's been playing in recent weeks. You can get away with that when he's scored a hat-trick - 'leave your sister at home and you score regularly'."

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