Lee Bowyer frustrated at failing to break into improving Ipswich Town team

LEE Bowyer has spoken of his frustration at having to watch Ipswich Town’s turnaround from the sidelines.

The experienced midfielder has suffered a frustrating first season in Suffolk, suffering niggling injuries and now finding himself on the bench for the last four matches.

It is not a situation that sits favourably with the 35-year-old even if he accepts manager Paul Jewell is rightly to stick with a winning team.

He said: “I am frustrated. Everyone wants to start football matches and I am no different. But I know how it works.

“If the team are doing well, there is nothing you can do - you just have to marvel at how well the team is doing.

“At the end of the day, I just have to wait for my chance and when I come off the bench, I have to do my bit to try and get a start.”

Bowyer, who is hoping to return to the starting line-up against Burnley tomorrow night following a tired display by some of his team mates at the weekend, is seeking solace from the experience of others in the dressing room.

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He explained: “At the end of the day, it is about a squad. People pick up injuries, players come back – like Michael Chopra who hasn’t stopped scoring since he came back in.

“I have always known it is a team game. I have always felt you only change a winning team for tactical reasons. If the team are doing well and it isn’t broken, you don’t fix. There have been times (in my career) when I have been in the team and others haven’t been happy but that’s football.”

After the resilient 3-2 win over Peterborough on Saturday, Bowyer is confident Town can end the season on a high.

He added: “At the start of the season, we probably would have lost the games we have won, like against Peterborough on Saturday. In the last few games, we have looked mentally tougher.

“All the boys are in this together. We’re confident at the moment and looking to take another three points tomorrow night.”