Jewell admits boredom over pre-season games

PAUL Jewell has made no apologies if Ipswich Town fans have been bored by the club’s pre-season friendlies.

Despite the plethora of new signings, the Blues have stuttered against lower league sides before putting in their best shift of the summer against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday – but going down 2-1.

In keeping with the type of match, Jewell has used games against Cambridge, Colchester and Southend – not to mention a short tour of the Netherlands – as fitness exercises and a chance to look at his entire squad.

This has often meant a second half, blighted by a succession of substitutes, has failed to stimulate Town’s die-hard Blue Army.

Sympathising with the situation, Jewell said: “Pre-season is one of those times. You don’t want to get too excited or too down about it. The games are pretty boring as there is no edge to them.

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“There is a lot of training and a lot of hard work, but we don’t apologise for that as that is what needs to be done.”

In his first pre-season at Ipswich, Jewell, and his coaching staff Chris Hutchings and Sean McCarthy, have certainly made an impression on the playing staff.

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Icelandic international Ivar Ingimarsson said: “Overall it has been a tough pre-season. The gaffer wants people to be physically fit and be able to deal with the stress that comes with a lot of games and we should be in good nick when the season starts.”

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