Jewell admits that dropping Carson was purely tactical

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has confirmed that Josh Carson’s omission at Leeds last weekend was purely a tactical decision.

The Blues boss had admitted in the build-up to the game that any of his players would be ‘unlucky’ to be dropped following a spirited team performance in a 2-2 home draw with Blackpool the previous weekend.

However, Carson – out of contract in the summer and mulling over the offer of a new three-year deal – was not even among the substitutes, instead fulfilling the role as the travelling ‘17th man’.

Instead, Celtic loanee Daryl Murphy returned to the left-wing, while Grant Leadbitter and Jimmy Bullard were given the nod as midfield options on a five-man bench.

When quizzed about the decision, Jewell said: “He played well (against Blackpool) and maybe people are scratching their heads, but you have to remember we’re not the biggest team (in terms of height).

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“We needed to make sure we were strong from set-pieces against Leeds and I think Murph gives us that edge.

“I actually thought he (Murphy) was unlucky to have been left out against Blackpool.”

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He continued: “Sometimes the most difficult decision you have to make is selecting the bench. You’re trying to cover all angles.

“We’ve got Lee (Martin) who can play wide, JET (Jay Emmanuel-Thomas) who can play wide and Murph who can play wide out on the pitch.

“So my thinking was that maybe if we had to change the shape of the team – to a diamond of something – I needed central options on the bench.

“Those options obviously got taken away from me by the sending-off (of keeper Alex McCarthy).”

He added: “It’s a squad game and someone always has to be left out. Josh is one for the future and has always been part of my plans.

“He’s a young lad and young lads go up and down. I met his agent on Monday to try and get his new deal sorted.”

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