Frustrated Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy felt former Tractor Boys loanee Wood was the difference between the two teams in Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Leeds United.
Wood netted his seventh goal of the season as Leeds continued their recent revival under Garry Monk with a 1-0 home victory. The former Ipswich loanee, having already crashed a fierce shot against a post, headed home the winner in the 35th minute. Wood has proved an influential figure in Leeds’ progress under Monk, scoring in all four of their consecutive wins. Ipswich failed to find the net for the second successive match and had Bartosz Bialkowski, who made fine second-half saves from Wood and Kalvin Phillips, to thank for keeping them in the contest until the very end.
“Leeds deserved to win,” the Yorkshireman said.
“They are a good side, they have got good players. “I thought Chris Wood was outstanding, the focal point and the big difference in the team. When they hit it up there they stuck up there and he ran in the channels.
“He showed why he had good money (spent on him) and why he’s a good player. Leeds have a very good player. He played well.” McCarthy, who also confirmed Adam Webster, Brett Pitman and Grant Ward are all doubtful for Tuesday’s visit of Brighton, bemoaned his side’s attacking qualities.
“Even the free-kick at the end, I know Freddie (Sears) hit the target twice last week, but he’s probably too close and we let them off the hook,” he added.
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