Mick McCarthy: What I thought about Leeds after watching them beat Derby


The Ipswich Town manager was very impressed by Leeds United's performance during their 2-1 win against Derby County earlier in the season.

Mick McCarthy has admitted to TWTD that he thought Leeds United were 'outstanding' after watching them against Derby County.

Leeds picked up their first win of the season by beating Derby 2-1 at the iPro, and their performance impressed the Ipswich Town manager, who is currently preparing his team to face the Whites. 

McCarthy does, however, say that he is not reading too much into Leeds' display on that day, as he is well versed in the topsy-turvy nature of the Championship, which makes the division so unpredictable. 

“The nature of the Championship is that it’s bonkers,” McCarthy said. “We watched Leeds against Derby [when they won 2-1 away] and they were outstanding and we were looking at them thinking ‘What a great performance that was!’.

“I watched Reading against Brentford and Brentford could have been beaten by six or seven. And Brentford were excellent on Saturday.

“When I went in at half-time the Leeds fans were saying to me ‘Nowt to worry about there Mick!’. I said that they were probably saying the same thing the previous night when they’d watched us.

“It’s amazing how things change. They were probably thinking ‘Happy days, we’ve got Ipswich coming’ and then they watched their team’s first-half performance and they’re all going ‘You’ll have no problems’.

“But they changed the shape in the second half and they were much more of a threat, although Brentford missed chances. Brentford should have been beaten by five or six by Reading and probably should have won the game on Saturday, the chances that they had. It’s the nature of the league. It really does fluctuate a great deal."

McCarthy will be hoping that Leeds' performance against his Ipswich tonight, is not as impressive as it was against Derby.

The Tractor Boys made a very bright start to their campaign, but two defeats in a row - including a 5-1 loss to Reading in their most recent fixture - have dented their confidence somewhat. 

Therefore, a trip to Elland Road to face an unbeaten Leeds team may not be one they will relish, especially as they have only won two of their last seven games against the Whites.

Ipswich remain in the top half of the table, as things stand, but they will be aware that their current run of poor results cannot continue if they are to repeat last season's exploits, where they made it into the play-offs. 

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