Jewell: ‘We need more men next season’
IPSWICH TOWN: Paul Jewell today surveyed the wreckage of a horrendous Easter and revealed: “We have not got enough men at the moment.”
The Blues followed up Thursday’s highly painful 5-1 home defeat by East Anglian rivals Norwich City with an equally inept performance against Swansea in a one-sided Championship fixture at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.
Jewell’s side were slammed 4-1 and can have no excuses for another heavy loss.
Okay Jimmy Bullard and Connor Wickham were missing because of injury and Lee Martin was suspended.
Gareth McAuley and Darren O’Dea had to go off with injuries, but Swansea, who cemented their play-off place with the three points – and a double over Town – were superior in all departments.
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This was not lost on Jewell, who said: “We need four or five players to come in during the summer if we are to play at Swansea’s level.
“We need to add a lot more quality, and to gain promotion you need a squad of 20 players.
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“We do not have enough men that we can put on the park at the moment.
“You look at Swansea and Norwich City and there is no comparison with us.
“We need to be a lot more ruthless and hopefully we will be next season.
“The lads gave everything, but this squad looks as though has gone as far as it can go.
“You can never use injuries as an excuse, but we did not have enough on the bench compared with Swansea and Norwich.”
Jewell felt the disappointment of an awful weekend as much as the players and fans, and he added: “It was a torrid weekend for us.
“We have a soft underbelly and after conceding two soft goals we got back into the game with Colin Healy’s goal.
“At Wigan and Bradford City when I was manager we had the feeling that we could go on and score more goals. But this is not the case here at the moment.
“We are making progress but results like the last two give you a reality check.
“We need power in midfield and more legs in that department and as we did on Thursday we did not make it difficult for the opposition to score and we did not work their keeper enough.”
Luca Civelli and Troy Brown were given a second half chance to show manager Jewell their worth following but neither was able to stamp any authority on to the game.
Gareth McAuley and Darren O’Dea had to be withdrawn early because of injury to make it a rather makeshift Town side that finished the game in the Welsh sunshine.
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he will be talking to Jewell about striker Tamas Priskin, who is out for the season with a knee problem, being a full time Swansea player next season.
“Tamas suits our style,” said Rodgers.