McCarthy hails the impact of his Ipswich substitutes

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

MICK McCarthy was delighted to see two second-half substitutions end Ipswich’s travel sickness.

After shipping 11 goals in the last two away games, the Tractor Boys looked in for another difficult day when Mark Davies netted just five minuteS in at the Reebok.

But McCarthy – strongly linked with the Wanderers job just over a month ago – threw on Daryl Murphy and Michael Chopra in the second half, with both men having a say in a second-half comeback.

Murphy won a 70th-minute penalty, converted by DJ Campbell, then Chopra pounced in the 90th minute to inflict a second home defeat of the season on Wanderers.

McCarthy was looking forward to a happier journey home. “I don’t know what happened with the goals we conceded at Palace or Leicester,” he said. “This was much better. We’ve got a bit more belief now.

“It was an exceptional strike from Mark Davies for their goal and it wasn’t a good first half. It was pretty awful to be honest as a game and I was quite happy to get them in at the break.

“We made changes in the second-half and it was nice they came off. “That is what they are there for, though, to go on and make a difference.

“When we got level, though, I wanted to go out and win the game and it was great to do that.”

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