Ipswich v Pompey: McCarthy denies lack of respect

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy
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MICK McCARTHY dismissed the suggestion he’s disrespected Pompey after he named his FA Cup side yesterday.

The Ipswich Town manager took the unusual step of revealing his starting line-up for today’s third-round clash at Portman Road over 24 hours before kick-off.

The Tractor Boys boss continued with his policy of sweeping changes for cup fixtures, with seven men missing from his team’s last league outing against Burnley.

The former Republic of Ireland international explained he announced the side early to avoid it firing up Pompey.

He denied the sweeping switches show disregard for either the Blues or the Cup.

‘That’s the team and it’s one that is capable of winning that game,’ said McCarthy to the East Anglian Daily Times

‘The reason I have named it is because I don’t want all that nonsense where they go “I got the team sheet at 2pm and pinned it up on the dressing room wall as motivation”.

‘It’s out there now and if they feel motivated by it, or if they feel I’ve somehow demeaned the competition, which I completely and utterly haven’t, well, good luck to them.

‘If you get that information you can prepare that little bit better.

‘I guess I’ve just given that away, but we’ll be 4-4-2 and that’s what my team is.

‘I just don’t want any nonsense where people say “that inspired us” because they feel my selection somehow disrespected them.

‘That team is not disrespecting anybody – Portsmouth or the FA Cup.’

Meanwhile, Brian Murphy’s stay at Pompey has been extended until the summer.

The keeper has kept 10 clean sheets in 20 appearances in season.