MANAGER’S REACTION: Crazy second half sums up Ipswich Town, says Paul Jewell
Ipswich v Huddersfield: Paul Jewell admits the crazy passage of play which saw his side nearly go from winners to losers just about sums Ipswich Town at the moment.
With an even game on a knife’s edge at 2-2 heading into the final 10 minutes, Michael Chopra hit the inside of the post for the hosts before one long ball from Huddersfield led to them winning a penalty seconds later.
Scott Loach’s superb one-handed spot-kick save from Norwich City loanee James Vaughan ensured that the shares were spoiled.
It was a fair result all things considered, but Jewell knows his team could easily have been heading into the two-week international break on the back of three successive defeats.
“There were a lot of pleasing aspects to our game,” said Jewell, who declared himself pleased with the performance of new signings Paul Taylor and Daryl Murphy.
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“But again we’ve conceded from a corner and we know we’ve got to improve defensively.
“That includes having some defensivemindedness about us when we’re attacking. If you can sum up Ipswich it would be that 10 second period in the game when we hit the inside of the post and they go straight down the other end and get a penalty. That can’t be right.
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“If we don’t score a goal and it comes out the box, we have to make sure it’s not easy for them to come at us.”
With the Blues having overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit to lead 2-1 through goals from Luke Chambers and Michael Chopra, Jewell said: “I don’t think we’re ever ‘all set’ at 2-1 – that’s the problem with us.
“When we get in that winning situation we don’t seem to have that air of confidence that sees the game out. That’s been the case for a while here.
“I think we showed good character coming back from a goal down because they’re a hard-working unit who are used to winning. I was looking at the stats beforehand and they’ve won 33 of the last 39 games they took the lead in.
“It’s never easy to come from behind against anyone, but it certainly was against a team who expect to win when they go ahead.”
He added: “Having lost those two games (against Blackpool and Carlisle) there were questions marks against us going into the game and they were still there at half-time. I thought we showed plenty of guts today and played some decent football too.
“It was an entertaining game, all a bit too open for mine and Simon (Grayson)’s liking.”
Speaking of his latest additions, Jewell added: “I thought we mixed it up well. Daryl Murphy won all his headers and I thought Paul Taylor was an absolute bundle of energy. He was out on his feet at the end after a big week for him.
“He can play in a number of positions, he’s bright and I thought both him and Daryl Murphy did well today.”
– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis and more reaction.