‘I feel like a fraud’ - Jewell

PAUL Jewell feels like a “fraud,” but that won’t stop him from celebrating if Ipswich Town achieve the unthinkable and reach Wembley this evening.

PAUL Jewell feels like a “fraud,” but that won’t stop him from celebrating if Ipswich Town achieve the unthinkable and reach Wembley this evening.

Town will take a slender 1-0 lead to the Emirates, along with 9,000 visiting fans, and try to shock mighty Arsenal for a second time.

Tamas Priskin’s 78th minute goal surprised Arsene Wenger’s star-studded troops in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final 13 days ago, giving Town a ray of hope for this evening’s massive test in north London.

Ironically, even though Town are just one step away from Wembley, this will be Jewell’s first match in the competition this season.


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Former manager Roy Keane negotiated the early round successes over Exeter City, Crewe, Millwall Northampton and West Brom, while caretaker boss Ian “Charlie” McParland and coach Tony Loughlan were in charge for the first leg win over the Gunners. The newly-appointed Jewell was just an interested bystander in the directors’ box.

“I feel a bit of a fraud really, because I’m in the second leg of a semi-final and I’ve never been involved in the League Cup this season at all!” admitted Jewell.

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“Charlie and Tony took the team for the first leg of the semi, and Roy obviously got the team that far. I’ve just taken over, and the first leg was completely down to the players.

“I suppose I’d I feel an even bigger fraud if we get to Wembley!” added Jewell, with a wry smile.

Jewell knows what it takes to beat Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final – he achieved that with Wigan Athletic five years ago – but his Championship strugglers will still be rank outsiders tonight.

“I didn’t realise it was five years ago. A repeat of that would be very nice,” said Jewell, with reference to the Latics success at Highbury on the away goals rule.

“It’s going to be difficult, but it’s a great opportunity for the players to go and not be over-awed by the Emirates. If that’s where we want to get to, in the Premier League, then we’ve got to stand up to them.

“I could be talking about Arsenal all day, from nine o’clock in the morning until 10 o’clock at night, because they are a brilliant football team, and the form team in England.

”Arsenal have torn Champions League teams apart. They can almost play like Barcelona, so we are up against it, lets get it right!

“You have to respect them, they are a great team with a great manager, but it’s 11 v 11 and let’s see if we can cause a big upset.”

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