Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has spoke of his delight following the club’s 2-1 win against Fulham in the opening game of the Championship season.
Speaking after the game, the former Wolves boss said: “I thought we deserved it. We played well and it’s great to start with a win, especially against a team relegated from the Premier League.
“They’ve got quality players and we have to work very hard to get the win. We were hanging on there after they scored but for the first 85 minutes, we were the better side.”
Ipswich’s Daryl Murphy took the lead for the Tractor Boys just after the half-hour mark, before striker David McGoldrick doubled their lead after 61 minutes. The only consolation for recently-relegated Fulham was a deflected goal by Tim Hoogland in the 86th minute.
“Their goal was a deflection and we had a few of those last season, the Bournemouth one came to mind but we got bodies in there and as I said, we deserved it in the end,” McCarthy said.
“Murph [Daryl Murphy] was excellent. He took his goal well and did great for Didz’s [David McGoldrick] goal and of course, it was great to see Didz back.
“We didn’t think he’d make the first game a few weeks back but he has worked really hard and the physios must take credit as well.
“He’s top quality and it was a boost for everyone to see him out there.”
Ipswich’s win means that they start their 13th consecutive season in the Championship with three points, whilst Fulham, who are looking to bounce straight back to the Premier League this season, fall to 17th place in the league.
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