‘I’ve no magic wand’ - Jewell

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell insists that Blues fans should keep their feet on the ground after a captivating second half performance got the club back to winning Championship ways against Doncaster on Saturday.

Town beat Rovers for the first time since December 14, 1957 in a game where they did not use a single substitute for the first time in 299 matches.

Manager Jewell said that he does not have a magic wand, and that restoring the Blues to the best of health might take some time.

“It’s still a long-term project,” he said. “There’s no magic wand.”

But he praised a ‘terrific team effort’ and went on:


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“I was delighted and we needed those three points.

“In the first half we were edgy, but I told the players to retain their belief and confidence.

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“We showed great character and were on the front foot at the start of the second half.

“We changed the system a bit, created some chances and went 2-1 up.

“It was kick in teeth when they equalised and the players’ heads could have gone down after that.

“But they took the bull by the horns and kicked on and they deserve the credit.

“You can feel the confidence within the club but it’s only one game and we’ve got to go to Arsenal on Tuesday.”

Jewell will be looking for a similar display tomorrow as his team showed in the second half on Saturday.

“After the interval we played with great freedom and it was a great victory,” continued Jewell.

“I don’t want to single anyone out because it was a terrific team effort and the players deserve all the credit.”

The last time Town did not use a substitute was exactly six years earlier – on January 22 2005 when they drew 1-1 at Reading with both goals coming in injury time.

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