Jewell will be happy to be leading ‘Dad’s Army’ at Ipswich next season

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell today confirmed that he wants experienced troops going into action next season.

“When I got Wigan Athletic and Bradford promoted to the Premier League my teams were tagged Dad’s Army,” said Jewell.

“I wouldn’t mind the same tag here next season.

“You need experience to make an impact – with some youth added to get you up.”

Jewell takes Ipswich to Bristol City today for a Championship match at Ashton Gate (kick-off 3pm) looking to continue a run of good away results that has seen just one defeat on the road since mid-January.

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He went on to indentify the two key areas that he wants to strengthen in 2011/12.

And he says that fast-improving youngsters Connor Wickham and Josh Carson will not be the answer to the goals that will be required to move Ipswich into promotion contenders next season.

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Jewell confirmed that he will be searching for an experienced holding midfield player. And the second key area is up front where he is determined to bring in a proven scorer.

“We must remember that Connor Wickham and Josh Carson are just kids,” added Jewell.

“And I want to bring competition in at the top end of the pitch as well as having it everywhere else.

“Our defensive record is on a par with clubs like Norwich City and Leeds United, but our goals-for total is not good enough to be a promotion-chasing team.

“A 20-goal a season man would improve our chances greatly.

“And a defensive midfield player is also needed.

“When we attack we are okay but we are particularly vulnerable at home and need to give the back four more protection.”

One position Jewell is happy with is right back and he expressed his satisfaction with the role that reverted winger Carlos Edwards has played since the manager’s arrival at Portman Road.

“Carlos has been a revelation. He has not had his two best games lately, but overall he’s been terrific showing great recover, great energy, a great use of the ball and scored a couple of goals.”

While Jewell is majoring on two areas he added: “If there is player that comes within our budget in any area of the pitch that I think will better the squad I will look into it.”

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