Jewell has brought new-found confidence - Town star
COLIN Healy today confirmed that there is a new-found belief among the players following the arrival of Paul Jewell as Ipswich Town manager.
The 30-year-old midfielder has come out of nowhere to star in big victories over Arsenal in the Carling Cup and Doncaster in the Championship and is set to make his fifth consecutive appearance when Town play their cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates tomorrow night.
Reflecting on Saturday’s 3-2 win over Rovers, Healy said: “You could see how we kicked on in the second half. And when Doncaster equalised we kicked on again.
“This shows a new belief that the players have and that we have gained a bit of confidence that we can now take into the Arsenal game.
“The first half on Saturday was not great, but the manager’s change of tactics worked well with Chuck (David Norris) moving inside to make it a three-man midfield and we became a lot tighter.
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“Earlier in the game Doncaster were getting on the ball too easily but by the end we could have scored more goals.
“It was a good performance and a good three points.”
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It was Healy‘s perfect cross that led to 17-year-old Connor Wickham scoring his first goal of the season.
“We all know what a fantastic player Connor is and if you put the ball in the box he is going to get his head to it,” added the Irishman. “He wants to score goals of course and hopefully this will set him off.
“Connor’s a great player to have in your team, and it was a wonderful strike by David Norris who does so many good things.“
Lee Martin started his first game for Town this season and after a slow start contributed well on both flanks.
He was brought back from a loan at Charlton and said: “I felt under a bit of pressure at Ipswich last season, so I suppose I was playing with a bit of fear. I’m delighted to be back, and this was a big win for us. I suppose I was a bit surprised that I went straight into the team, and the gaffer told me to go out and enjoy the game.
“There’s now a new manager here and I feel it’s a fresh start for me. I certainly don’t hold any grudges and I’m looking to the future, and we are all buzzing after Saturday’s win.”