Jewell sets his sights on striker who ‘loves scoring goals’
PAUL Jewell today drew a line under Thursday’s ‘horrible’ 5-1 defeat against Norwich City, and looked ahead to bringing better times back to Portman Road by signing a striker who loves scoring goals.
Blues manager Jewell leads his shattered side into action at Championship promotion-chasing Swansea at the Liberty Stadium today (kick-off 3pm) putting a brave face on the Canary debacle.
“Thursday was a huge jolt,” said Jewell. “But we don’t want that one game to prick our balloon – we what to keep the optimism going.
“A blind man can see that we need goals in the team. As a group we have got to have more hunger and desire to score.
“We have got to get someone in who loves scoring goals – someone who pushes people out of the way to score goals.
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“We need someone to get us 25-30 goals, and for that figure to be a realistic target.
“There is no doubt I’ll be in for one – if not two – strikers who can make a big difference to us.
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“Simeon Jackson and Grant Holt tested our back four on Thursday while all our shots were from outside the box.
“Norwich’s third goal when Jackson got in front of his marker is something I want to see my players doing next season.
“There have been a number of games that we have not won at home when a fox in the box would have seen us home.”
Jason Scotland scored goals for fun while a Swansea player, and when asked if he expected the striker to benefit from playing at the Liberty Stadium today, Jewell replied: “I don’t know.
“Jason has his critics, but it’s not easy up front when the opposition is seeing a lot of the ball.”
Reflecting on the Norwich defeat further Jewell went on: “It was a horrendous result for us and for the fans and I really feel for them.
“There is no point in dwelling on it though we know the pain will not go away.
“I hope our fans realise what it means to me and the players. But now it’s time to move on.”
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