Mick McCarthy senses Ipswich Town momentum

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy took over at Ipswich in November 2012

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has said his side's charge up the Championship table is breeding confidence among his players.

Town beat Leeds United 4-1 on Saturday to go second and make it five wins from from six games.

"There is certainly momentum because of the results we've had," 55-year-old McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"We've fairly steamrollered that one. Confidence is high because of the results and the performances."

Ipswich had not previously scored four goals in a game this season, and they had to recover from an early Mirco Antenucci strike before easily overcoming the visitors, with two efforts from Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick's penalty and Christophe Berra's second-half goal.

Town on the up
Ipswich were last in the Championship automatic promotion places on the opening day of the 2011-12 season

After winning just one of their first five games of the season, Town have lost only one of their last 16 and risen from 10th in the table six matches ago.

"I keep saying 'look after the performances and the results will come'," said McCarthy.

"If you worry about the result before you play you will get beaten."

Berra's goal came on his return from suspension for collecting five yellow cards, and his inclusion was at the expense of full-back Jonny Parr, who was dropped to the bench.

"I left Jonny Parr out and he wasn't happy," said McCarthy.

"But I told him that's my preferred back four. I wasn't telling him he played badly - it was just my choice and my preference."