Lee’s smartin’

DEVASTATED Blues in-form winger Lee Martin today called for the team to become more ruthless after suffering a 2-0 home Championship defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday.

Town were far and away the better team until bogey man David Nugent put the visitors ahead in the 55th minute.

But they failed to take their chances when Martin helped create enough opportunities to have won several games.

It was one glaring miss after another with Connor Wickham the main culprit and Jason Scotland also having an afternoon when the ball kept going just the wrong side of the woodwork.

Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown was not worked nearly enough times and Martin, who has had a new lease of life since Paul Jewell took over as manager last month said: “I’m devastated. We have got to be more ruthless if not the opposition is going to come back and bite you.

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“We know exactly what we are doing wrong and are not blind to what is needed.

“Since the new manager came we have worked on things including team shape and things have improved.

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“We now need to fine tune everything and this has not been easy with games every Saturday and Tuesday, but we have a free week this week.

“We are all pulling in the same direction and there is no lack of effort and when we find the missing ingredient we will be fine.”

Martin confirmed that key team members David Norris, Gareth McAuley and Damien Delaney want to be part of a new era for Ipswich under Jewell.

He went on: “We have players who want to be at this football club - players out of contract who are desperate to get new deals.

“The manager has already put points across and two months down the road I’m sure more work will have been achieved to enable us to look ahead to a good 2011/12 season.

“We will keep playing the right way and a way that suits me with the ball being on the floor.

“Our fans clapped us off and were absolutely brilliant and there will be a few ups and downs along the way before I’m sure we can give them something concrete to celebrate.”

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