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McCarthy's 'pride' for Ipswich players despite play-off loss

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy said he was proud of what his players achieved despite losing their Championship play-off semi-final to East Anglian rivals Norwich City.

A Wes Hoolahan penalty, plus goals from Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome ended the Blues' hopes of reaching Wembley. Tommy Smith's equaliser gave them brief hope at Carrow Road.

Christophe Berra saw red after handling on the goal line which led to City's penalty, although McCarthy felt his team should have won a spot kick when Teddy Bishop tumbled in the Norwich box in the first half.

But Norwich ran out 3-1 winners on the day and 4-2 on aggregate, to face Middlesbrough on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hear Mick McCarthy's thoughts after his team's 3-1 loss to Norwich City in the Championship play-off semi-final 2nd leg.


Half time at Carrow Road: 0-0

So it's half time and the score remains at 0-0. Time for refreshments then....:)


Norwich City v Ipswich Town line-ups

The starting line-ups have been named for this lunchtime's East Anglia derby at Carrow Road in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg. The tie is finely poised after a 1-1 draw at Portman Road last Friday.

Countdown to the biggest East Anglia derby ever

With less than a couple of hours to go until kick off, it seems everyone is getting in the football mood.

Even the flowers in Norwich cathedral have been decked out in Canary colours!!!

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