Lucky win? We don’t care! says relieved Jewell
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell admits his side enjoyed a fair slice of fortune in their come-from-behind 2-1 win over 10-man Leeds – but he doesn’t care one bit.
The Blues were fortunate to be just one goal down at half-time but the game then changed on the controversial dismissal of defender Aiden White four minutes after the restart.
Sub Jason Scotland cancelled out Ross McCormack’s opener but still Town rode their luck as Max Gradel had a good shout for a penalty turned down for a tangle in the box with Carlos Edwards.
Keith Andrews’ 89th winner was helped by a massive deflection too, leaving Leeds boss Simon Grayson frustrated and Jewell a relieved man following a nightmare run of results.
“Let’s have it right, Leeds are a good team and they outplayed us first half – we have to say that,” said Jewell.
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“Larry (Grayson) seems to think it might have been a nudge but a nudge ain’t a foul. One’s 6ft 3in (Jay Emmanuel-Thomas), the other kid (White) is 5ft 7in. He lives just around the corner from me in Leeds actually, he’s a friend of my kids, a lovely kid as well.
“I was more interested in trying to get a penalty rather than getting the lad sent off. Once he’s last man and brings him down though he had to go.
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“There penalty appeal looked a penalty to me though I have to say. I didn’t have a great view but it looked a penalty to me even though Carlos claims it was 50/50.
“They’ll feel a bit hard done, but last week we had three or four decisions which went against us and today we’ve had a couple that went our way and a deflection.
“We know it’s not all rosy in the garden and we’ve got a bit of work to do but I think tonight is not a night to analyse. It’s a night just to think ‘phew, thank Christ for that’.
“If it says in the paper that we were lucky we won’t care!
“Sometime you just have to take a victory, however it comes. It doesn’t hide the fact that we need to be better, but for the players, myself and supporters it’s a huge pick up.”
Grayson said: “The whole complexion of the game changed on the red card. I thought Aiden was fouled first, I thought he got nudged in the back.
“In the first half we outplayed a team of internationals that has cost a lot of money. They never created a chance against us. We weren’t in any danger.
“Even when we went down to 10 men we still created chances on the counter-attack and I thought Max Gradel could have had a penalty. It’s one of those ones which would certainly have been given as a free-kick outside the box.
“The fact that their winner took a massive deflection makes it even more frustrating.”
– See Monday’s EADT and Evening Star for full match reports and reaction.