Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says manager answers his critics

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Critics of Mick McCarthy were made to eat humble pie on Monday — at the hosts of the World Pie Eating Championship, no less.

When the teamsheets came out at Wigan’s DW Stadium the Blues chief showed he is not the ‘4-4-2 dinosaur’ some portray him as.

Three up front at a side who only missed out on bouncing back up at the first attempt after a play-off defeat was a brave move, but it certainly paid off.

Defending from the front, thanks to the terrific workrate of Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick and Conor Sammon, gave a side who like to play the ball around a conundrum they were not prepared for.

While Tyrone Mings impressed again, the tigerish performance was epitomised by Luke Hyam.

Left out for the Brighton game, he showed a promising energetic partnership, and a composed finish, alongside Teddy Bishop, a player who has given the side a new attacking dimension.

The first 45 minutes in Monday’s live Sky game was possibly the best I have seen under McCarthy.

Okay, we had to ride it out with a nervy finish after they pulled one back, but past Town sides would not have finished the job off.

With Darren Ambrose back for a third spell and Stephen Hunt and Cameron Stewart still to come in, suddenly the strength in depth appears to be there.

It has been more than a year since we last strung three victories together (December 2013) and with a Rotherham side visiting on Saturday (3pm) without a win in four, followed by a trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday (7.45pm), hopefully this super September sequence will not stop here.

nRotherham have three players, in Scott Loach, Paul Green and Frazer Richardson, who were with Town last season. Paul Taylor and Anthony Wordsworth are unable to face their parent club.