MANAGER’S REACTION: Marcus Evans remains behind me, says Blues boss Paul Jewell
Ipswich v Cardiff: IPSWICH Town owner Marcus Evans moved quickly to tell under-pressure manager Paul Jewell that his job remains safe following today’s 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff City.
The Blues dominated the opening period and deserved their slice of luck as debutant DJ Campbell’s inadvertent but blatant handball finish in stoppage-time was staggeringly allowed to stand by the officials.
A 1-0 lead was let slip for the third successive game though, with two errors from goalkeeper Scott Loach – the second coming three minutes from time – allowing Heidar Helguson to net a simple match-winning brace.
With the Blues just a point ahead of rock-bottom Peterborough in the Championship table heading into the international break, boos rang out around Portman Road at the final whistle with a section of supporters chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.
“I’ve just had 15/20 minutes with (owner) Marcus (Evans) in there,” said the under-fire Blues boss. “He thinks we’ve played well, he knows what’s required and I’ve got his full support. I appreciate that.
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“He sees the large majority of games and I’ve got his full support. I’m very disappointed in the situation we find ourselves in at the moment because I’m a proud man.
“I’m doing everything I possibly can. I know this is all ifs, buts and maybes, but we could easily be sat here reflecting on wins against table-topping sides Brighton and Cardiff.”
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Reflecting on the game, Jewell said: ““There’s not a lot (Scott Loach) can say. You don’t want to single players out, but there’s no hiding from the fact that two goalkeeping errors have cost us the game.
“Mistakes are proving very costly for us at the moment for us. They’re not just little mistakes, they are big errors.
“Let’s have it right, we had a bit of fortune with the goal, but we played really well first half, were the better team and had a good opportunity with JET (Jay Emmanuel-Thomas) to make it 2-0.
“I thought we defended well but the goal has just come out of the blue. It’s a complete gift.
“It’s such a devastating blow when someone scores a goal like that. They finished in the ascendancy, but I thought we were still defending alright and they weren’t really looking like scoring a second goal.
“It’s confidence isn’t it? We just can’t get that second goal to give us a cushion. We’re not getting outplayed by anybody – the only time that has happened this season was for 45 minutes at Blackpool.
“I thought the lads gave everything they had and that’s why it’s devastating to concede the two goals we did.”
Meanwhile, Jewell confirmed that he dropped Michael Chopra from the 18-man squad because he didn’t think the striker’s ‘head would be in the right place’ following a week in which the British Horseracing Authority charged him with race fixing.
And he confirmed that Guirane N’Daw – who played well at Brighton on Tuesday night – was not injured, with the French loanee also going from first team starter to completely out of the squad.