Mick McCarthy insists that he is doing a good job at Ipswich Town although he admits this season has been tough.
The former Republic of Ireland, Wolves and Sunderland manager has earned the wrath of some Town fans following a disappointing campaign but he still thinks he is the right man to bring the good times back to Portman Road.
Ipswich are 17th in the Championship table – five points above the relegation zone with eight games to go – following the defeat at Cardiff City.
They were also knocked out of the FA Cup by National League side Lincoln City in January, but McCarthy, who has been in charge of Ipswich since November 2012, said: "It confirms to me that for four years I have done a really good job here and this year has been tough.
"We have not spent Aston Villa money, we haven't spent Norwich money, we haven't spent vast sums, and we have been competitive every season, up until this one.
"It does not make me feel lucky, it just confirms that I have been good at my job but I am having it tough this year."
Ipswich, 1000/1 to be relegated from the Championship this season, can be backed at 31/20 to beat Birmingham City in their next match on 1st April.