Ipswich Town: Mick McCarthy backs Dean Gerken

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has said Dean Gerken's "comic" error against Wigan will not cost the goalkeeper his place in the side.

Gerken failed to clear the ball late on and allowed Nick Powell to score the Latics' second in a 2-0 win.

"It's an honest mistake. He's made a rick," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

Loach v Gerken this season

Loach Gerken

Played

4

5

Conceded

5

7

Won

1

2

Lost

3

2

"I think he's been excellent so that's not going to affect his position in the team. No chance. He's been good enough so he'll be in the nets on Saturday."

A summer signing from Bristol City, Gerken began the campaign as McCarthy's number two behind Scott Loach, who started Town's first four Championship games of the season.

But the 28-year-old has usurped Loach and been first choice for the past four games.

And despite being at fault for Powell's goal, he will continue between the posts against Brighton next week.

"That was just crazy comic cuts at the end. He should have headed it, he knows. 'Shoulda, woulda, coulda' afterwards - it's just a mistake," said McCarthy.