‘It’s like my players are taking it in turns to make ricks,’ says frustrated Jewell
IT’S like our players are taking it in turns to make ricks.
That was the opinion of Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell after yet more basic individual errors saw his side crash out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 defeat at Hull City.
Ibrahima Sonko was outmuscled to a simple through ball when Aaron McLean opened the scoring, while Arran Lee-Barrett was caught off his line when Tom Cairney chipped home goal number two.
Ipswich were far better in the second half and pulled a goal back through Jason Scotland.
However, after Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Grant Leadbitter saw good chances go begging, Cameron Stewart warpped up the hosts’ progress with a stoppage-time breakaway goal.
“It’s the same old story isn’t it?” said Jewell. “The first two goals are bad goals, we get ourselves back in the game second half, have two good opportunities to equalise, then they get a third goal. You’d have to see it to believe it really.
“This sums us up really, that’s why we are where we are – because of that calamitous defending.
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“Anyone who was here will say that if you saw the goals that were conceded at a lot lower level you’d still be scratching your head.
“We’re just not defending individually or as a group. It’s like they’re taking it in turns to make a rick. They’re just basic, basic errors.
“Any strength test we lose, any race test we lose. It was the same last week against Forest, it was the same against Reading. We don’t win enough battles.”
He continued: “I suppose you can take some positives from the second half, but we’re saying this every week. We’re giving teams goal starts every week – even when we beat Barnsley we had to come from 2-0 down.
“We showed character second half, but why can’t we show that from the start?
“Showing it for 45 minutes isn’t enough. We’ve got to show character from the first whistle to the last whistle.”
Town saw Damien Delaney go off injured in the first half, with Jewell confirming it looks like a problem to the foot he recently fractured.
The Bluess boss is keen to sign some defensive reinforcements ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Birmingham, with talks still ongoing with Leicester centre-back Sean St Ledger and another unknown player.