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Mick McCarthy: Ipswich Town boss proud of players despite heavy defeat at 'toxic' Portman Road

It was a sobering night for Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich Town players at Portman Road. Credit: PA
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he and his players must stay united after fans vented their frustration during last night's 3-0 defeat to Hull City.

The match was played in a toxic atmosphere at Portman Road, where ironic cheers and angry chants could be heard from the stands.

Hull capitalised on the tension thanks to goals from Markus Henriksen, Harry Wilson and Jarrod Bowen as they alleviated their own relegation fears with a comfortable victory.

Following the game, McCarthy gathered his players and staff for a huddle on the pitch in an act of defiance.

"I'm forever proud of them (the players), the way they keep going," he said.

"If we fragment, then that's when it will all go pear-shaped. I've never lost a dressing room or players, and I've got their support. They've certainly got mine.

"As I said to them, to their eternal credit - in that horrible, hostile, toxic atmosphere, they kept going."

The defeat means Ipswich have now gone five consecutive home games without scoring and last night's attendance of 13,031 was the lowest at Portman Road in 20 years.