Paul Jewell delighted as Ipswich Town grab late winner at Coventry City

HAVING seen his side lose many a game at the death this season, Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell was delighted to see his side grab a last-gasp winner of their own at Coventry today.

Michael Chopra headed home deep into stoppage-time to seal a 3-2 win for the Blues in a topsy-turvy game played under constantly falling snow.

Town had led through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ strike, but found themselves 2-1 down at the break thanks a Sammy Clingan penalty and Gary Deegan finish – both soft goals to concede.

Chopra equalised after Lee Martin’s penalty was saved though and he then joined Emmanuel-Thomas in making it three goals in two games to claim all three points moments before the final whistle.

“It’s happened to us on numerous occasions this season, so to get a late winner ourselves is nice,” said Jewell.

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“First half I think we started well; we were in control, scored the goal, but then we concede two soft ones before half-time.

“I was really annoyed with the way we gave the goals away. I said I was going to change it around 15 minutes after the restart, but we came out on the front foot so I decided to keep it the same.

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“It was a bit herum scarem at the back at times, but at least we showed that we were on the front foot and wanted to win the match.

“Once it got to 2-2 it was end-to-end and you could see no team was settling for the draw. I think we’ve been part of a pretty decent game on a cold day.”

With West Ham thrashed 5-1 on Tuesday, Ipswich have now beaten the Championship’s top and bottom clubs in the space of a week.

It is only the third time this season back-to-back victories have been achieved. The Suffolk side are now 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Jewell was unusually animated at the final whistle – punching the air – while his players embraced on the pitch.

“We were just trying to keep warm!” joked the Blues boss.

“You try and keep your emotions in check because you’re aware of the opposition, but it means an awful lot to us a group having been victims of last minute goals a lot.

“Having just beaten top-of-the-league you’re a little worried how you’ll respond against bottom-of-the-league, but we’ve managed two good results.

“This is a vital time in the season, obviously we are down the wrong end of the table so to get six points in a week is a big boost.”

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