January 12 2013
Town boss Mick McCarthy was delighted to see his side hold table toppers Cardiff City to a 0-0 draw away from home in the Npower Championship this afternoon.
The result, in which Town arugably just about had the better of the chances, means that Town are the first side to stop Cardiff City scoring for 25 games - all the more remarkable considering Town's poor defensive record earlier in the season.
Speaking of his side's high level of performance, McCarthy said in the post match press conference: “We played very well and I think it was probably a fair result in the end. I would have taken the point before the game and I’m happy to take it now. We probably had the better of the chances.
“We had to defend against some set-pieces and we did that very well. Overall it was a good performance and on another day we could have got three points. There was 27 points between the teams when we kicked off and I don’t think that was reflected in the play.
“Frank Nouble was unlucky at the end and was close to winning it for us and I was delighted with his contribution. The two new lads upfront [McGoldrick and Mclean] did well and I was delighted with the attitude of Daryl Murphy and Michael Chopra as well. They were disappointed to be left out but went on and made a contribution and that gives me plenty of competition for places.”
McCarthy also confirmed following the game, that midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker had left the club after turning down a new deal until the end of the season. Reo-Coker wanted a longer term deal.