MANAGER’S REACTION: Our defending was “beyond belief” says Paul Jewell

DIFFERENT season, same story.

Paul Jewell cut a disappointed figure at Roots Hall tonight after witnessing a defensive horror show in the first half which Ipswich never really recovered from.

Two goals down after 11 minutes, Town could have conceded four within half an hour, before improving after the break – but having just an own goal to show for their efforts.

Jewell, who revealed Andy Drury was taken off at half-time with a calf injury, reflected: “We had all the ball second half but the goals we conceded were beyond belief, not even for a Championship team. That has been the case – we can’t defend balls coming in the box.

“You can see we need to stop goals getting into the back of our net.

“That means we need to work harder to stop crosses, to stop giving silly free kicks away, we need to be professional in the right areas and be stronger – mentally and physically.”

While there wasn’t too much to praise, Jewell added: “I thought Massimo (Luongo) was excellent, Chops (Michael Chopra) looked sharp. We got better as the game wore on. We were in total control of the game but you always feel you are susceptible to that counter-attack.”