MANAGER’S REACTION: Jewell delighted by last-gasp win at Watford

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell was left delighted after Michael Chopra’s last minute winner secured the Blues’ first victory over Watford in 16 attempts.

The Blues showed all the attacking intent in the first half but were restricted to shots from distance.

Watford improved after the introduction of target man Chris Iwelumo in the second half, but it was the youthful visitors who again showed their staying power.

After Chopra slid in to convert Carlos Edwards’ late cross, Jewell said: “I thought we were outstanding first half and my only concern that we had not taken our chances.

“We knew that they would come at us a bit more in the second half and that proved to be the case. It was a much more even game.


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“I thought we looked crisp and sharp right throughout the game. Obviously when (Chris) Iwelumo came on they had a height advantage, but while we lack a little in height we certainly don’t lack for fitness and quality.

“We’re trying to pass the ball at the moment and I enjoy watching us. You can tell the players are enjoying playing football too.

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“We’re not the biggest squad, but we’ve got a lot of unity at the moment.

“In training things are slowly coming together.”

Dismissing speculation that he had made a bid for American international Maurice Edu – either to the player or his employers Rangers – Jewell added: “I know we need players to come into the squad and no-one is working harder on that than me.”

“I haven’t made an offer for Maurice Edu and to be honest, if we were to talk about who I am and am not in for we’d be here all day. We are in for players and I’ve said that we need players at least three. I’m not going to comment on speculation really.

“I don’t know what the situation with Maurice Edu because I haven’t asked the question. I spoke to Ally McCoist earlier in the summer about a player in Scotland and that’s only conversation I’ve had with him.”

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