Gianfranco Zola praises Ipswich Town’s passing game while Paul Jewell hails predator Michael Chopra

Watford v Ipswich: The jinx is finally over.

The Blues’ eight-year, 15-match winless run over Watford last night became a thing of the past thanks to Michael Chopra’s dramatic injury-time winner.

In front of almost 1,500 travelling Town fans, Paul Jewell’s men produced a fantastic display to win 1-0, maintain their unbeaten start to the season and finally break the hoodoo.

It was no more than Ipswich deserved with both Jewell and his counterpart Gianfranco Zola agreeing that the best side won.

Jewell said: “It was a great goal and a great time to score. Chops has looked sharp in pre-season and he looked sharp last night.

“Someone has just said to me that is his first goal in 10 games. But he scored six in pre-season so I am counting that.”

Zola had no complaints about the score as Town climbed to fourth in these early stages of the season.

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The new Watford manager said: “The better team won. If we had won the game, it would have been unfair.

“We could have won - that is the story. We had a couple of very good chances, maybe three, which we could have scored but honestly, that wouldn’t have been fair, so I take it and I will learn from it.”

“There are big powerful teams in this division but also good footballing teams – like the one we have just played.”