Paul Jewell plays down talk of a late top six surge for Ipswich Town after comfortable Burnley victory

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell refused to get carried away after his side’s comfortable 1-0 victory over Burnley.

Michael Chopra’s instinctive 53rd minute goal sealed a fifth successive home win for the Blues and lifts them to within nine points of the Championship top six with 27 points still to play for.

“It’s been an unbelievable season both on and off the pitch,” said the Blues boss.

“I’ve said all along though that we’re just taking each game as it comes.

“I don’t want the season to peter out. We’ve got 51 points, but we’re not thinking any further than the game against Watford on Saturday.

“People will talk about if we win the next nine games that we might get promoted. We’re not getting carried away though.

“Our main concern not so long ago was to make sure we got out of a relegation fight. I think we’ve done that, now we just want to finish the season as strongly as possible.”

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Reflecting on his side’s latest victory, Jewell said: “First half it was a scrappy game, but second half we were excellent, we created lots of chances and played with lots of energy.

“When you’re sat there with our record of conceding late goals you never feel comfortable, even though second half I can’t really remember them having too many opportunities, if any at all.”

Meanwhile, Jewell – who will be without midfielder Grant Leadbitter on Saturday after his stoppage-time red card – intimated that he thought it was unlikely he would sign versatile Portsmouth player Joel Ward ahead of Thursday’s 5pm ‘emergency’ loan deadline.

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for full match reports and further reaction.