Jewell expected to put faith in Jimmy Bullard and Lee Bowyer
Show your experience.
That’s the rallying cry from Daryl Murphy ahead of tonight’s crucial trip to Burnley as the Blues look to end a grim run that has left them on the cusp of the relegation zone.
After five successive defeats in the Championship and two late collapses in succession, fingers have been pointed at Paul Jewell and his assembled squad of thirty-somethings.
But we understand the manager is again expected to put his faith in experience with Jimmy Bullard and Lee Bowyer set to return to the side.
And Murphy, who opened his account for the season on Saturday, believes Town need to call on all their old heads to get the club out of their present predicament.
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The striker said: “It is all about your character and the character of the players. You have to stand up and be counted and believe in yourself.
“We are not a young squad, we have good experienced players and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to hold out in games.”
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Jewell needs to restore confidence and belief in his shell-shocked side following two successive 3-2 defeats by Nottingham Forest and then Reading on Saturday.
In both matches, Ipswich led twice before conceding two late sucker-punch goals to send them plummeting down the Championship table – now one point off the bottom three.
The manager believes his players, experienced or not, need to show mental toughness to ensure they do not fall apart at Turf Moor for the third consecutive match.
He explained: “If we are up with five minutes to go, it will be in the back of our minds. The only way to get rid of that is to win the match.
“There is no magic formula. It is about hard work and graft, winning football matches and then your confidence grows.”
Meanwhile, Arran Lee-Barrett is expected to start in goal – the third Town keeper in three matches – following an injury to Richard Wright.