Gallery: Ipswich Town enjoy dominant 1-0 win at Portsmouth
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell was left drooling over his side’s attacking play following their dominant 1-0 win at Portsmouth.
Michael Chopra’s 13th-minute goal sealed a third straight victory, but it could easily have been a rout with the bar and post being struck, keeper Stephen Henderson making some good saves and some golden chances were wasted.
With Town scoring nine goals in the process of sealing league doubles over West Ham, Coventry and Pompey, Jewell – whose side have moved 12 points clear of the Championship drop zone – said: “We’ve looked a threat in the final third for the last few games – we do look like we’re going to score goals.
“Michael Chopra has all of a sudden found a bit of form, Lee Martin is playing as well as he’s ever done and I thought Daryl Murphy was terrific tonight.
“That front four of attacking players all look dangerous.”
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Portsmouth – who are on the verge of going into administration for the second time in as many years – were roared on by their incredible supporters throughout.
A key moment didn’t go their way, though, when Greg Halford’s long throw-in was deemed to have gone straight into the net, despite players being convinced the ball had taken a deflection off Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ knee.
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“Maybe we’ve had a little bit of fortune there,” said Jewell. “But I think anyone who was here would agree we deserved to win tonight.
“They played well at our place and were slightly unlucky to lose 1-0, but tonight I thought we fully deserved it. On paper it was 1-0, but we could have scored four or five tonight.
“As an away performance it was terrific – some of our counter-attacking was excellent.
“It was a difficult night to come here with everything that’s going on at this football club and the support they got, but we stood up to it well.”