Mick McCarthy fumes over Leeds United's 2-1 win against Ipswich Town

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admitted he was 'cheesed off' to have seen his side lose 2-1 to Leeds United on Wednesday night.

Leeds United bounced back from two successive defeats to record a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town at Elland Road on Wednesday night - but Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was fuming with the result in an interview with the club's official website.

After a goalless first half, the game exploded into life in the final 20 minutes, with Alex Mowatt putting Leeds in front with a superb free kick from the edge of the box.

Just three minutes later, Freddie Sears equalised for Ipswich, only for Billy Sharp to put Leeds back in front almost immediately.

The drama didn't end there though, as Ipswich won a late penalty after a Sol Bamba handball - only for Daryl Murphy's spot kick to be saved by Marco Silvestri, handing Leeds all three points.

The defeat leaves Ipswich in a tough situation now. Once a virtual shoe-in for automatic promotion, the Tractor Boys have lost three of the last four games, meaning they now sit outside the top six, one point off a play-off place.

Ipswich's promotion push is in danger of falling apart, and manager Mick McCarthy was unsurprisingly livid to have left West Yorkshire empty handed - and slammed his side's display in an interview with the Ipswich official website.

"I’m totally and utterly cheesed off tonight, because we should never have lost the game," said McCarthy. "We’ve given away two soft goals. Having said that, I’m not convinced why a foul has been given one way or the other for the free-kick."

"But even when we’ve gone behind, we’ve still had the opportunities - no least with the penalty. Murph hasn’t struck it with any great conviction. For me, we’ve had the best part of the game and I’m bitterly disappointed not to have taken something from the game. We’ve had the chance to get back into the top six tonight and unfortunately, we’ve thrown it away," he added.

Ipswich now face sixth place Brentford at Portman Road on Saturday, in a game which could shape McCarthy's promotion hopes - win and it's game on again, lose and Ipswich face an uphill struggle for a top six place.

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