Jewell keeping calm ahead of the return of the cameras
PAUL Jewell has pledged to stop “chopping and changing” as he looks to bring some consistency to his Ipswich Town side.
The Blues have not kept the same side for any of their six league matches so far and two wins and four defeats points to a hugely inconsistent start.
And while not giving away anything about his team selection for tonight’s crucial home match against Coventry City (7.45pm kick-off), the Town boss is well aware of the importance of finding both a settled side and formation.
He said: “Maybe it is time for me to say let’s look at the system, give it time for a couple of games, and see if it works, rather than chopping and changing.”
Jewell has the luxury of keeping the same side, although the second-half display in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Blackpool suggests there could be one or two changes.
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Ivar Ingimarsson and Mark Kennedy should return from injury while Jason Scotland and maybe even Josh Carson will be pushing for a start.
While it is too early to describe the seventh match of a Championship season as a must-win, the televised match against the Sky Blues is followed by daunting trips to West Ham and Middlesbrough.
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Failure to secure the points in front of the Sky cameras – who last screened Ipswich losing 7-1 to Peterborough – would heap the pressure on Jewell and his side to ensure they don’t go through the whole of September without a win.
But Jewell remains confident: “Every game is a big match, whether you have started well or not, but there is a million miles to go.
“We are disappointed with our start, but we are aware there is a long way to go so there is no panic or drama.
“If you could see training, you would not think we had hardly won. It is lively and we are doing some excellent things. It’s not clicking at the moment but given the right time, I am sure it will.”