Jewell: Late formation change wasn’t to blame
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says his second half substitutions and change of system had nothing to do with the dramatic late collapse against Reading on Saturday.
Winger Lee Martin replaced Jay Emmanuel-Thomas in the 74th minute with the hosts 1-0 up.
And although the visitors equalised soon after the change, it was Martin’s run and cross which led to Josh Carson quickly restoring Town’s lead.
Benched midfielder Jimmy Bullard was introduced for striker Michael Chopra with 10 minutes to go – Jewell switching to a 4-5-1/4-3-3.
Then in the 87th minute hard-working skipper Grant Leadbitter was forced off with a groin injury, with Manchester City loanee – a right-back – replacing him in midfield.
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And it was the teenager who gave away the ball in the build-up to Reading’s counter-attack winner.
“We tried to play 4-3-3 to just shore it up a little bit,” said Jewell, when asked about his changes.
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“But we didn’t keep the ball and we didn’t pass the ball.
“Even so the goals we’ve given away haven’t come from that, they’ve come from people not marking.
“Grant (Leadbitter) has got a nasty groin injury, I had to put Reece (Wabara) on but we couldn’t hold on.”
Asked if Leadbitter stood any chance of playing at Burnley tomorrow night, Jewell said: “I wouldn’t have thought so, he’s limped quite badly into the dressing room.
“I think we’ll probably have to make one or two changes for injury.”
Keeper David Stockdale missed Saturday’s game having injured his shoulder in training last Monday. That meant that veteran Richard Wright – who signed on a free transfer on Wednesday – was handed his third ‘debut’ for the club.
Jewell said: “We don’t think his (Stockdale) injury is too serious, but we’re not sure if he’ll be okay for Tuesday.
“Richard (Wright) wasn’t to blame for the goals though.”
Centre-back Ibrahima Sonko – so missed in recent weeks – returned to training last Thursday following a hamstring injury. Jewell confirmed he too will be touch-and-go for tomorrow night.
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