Paul Jewell will make a late decision on his line-up for Barnsley visit

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says he will make a late decision on his starting line-up for tomorrow’s Championship visit of Barnsley after his players looked ‘unbelievably sharp and fresh’ in training this morning.

The Blues boss said after Tuesday night’s 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough that his players looked ‘jaded’ and he was considering freshening up his side for the visit of the Tykes – the eighth and final game of a gruelling March schedule.

Jewell usually names his team on Friday morning, but has decided this week to delay his announcement until tomorrow morning.

“I think the players must read your papers because they came in this morning running around fresh as daisies!” said the Blues boss. “There’s no letting up in training as far as the players are concerned. At this stage of the season sometimes you just keep ticking over, but they were unbelievably sharp and fresh this morning.”

He continued: “I might change one or two, but I haven’t decided on the team yet – which is not like me at this stage in the week. We might tweak in one or two areas, but I’m not sure yet. They’ve certainly given me something to think about that’s for sure.


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“The players know I put a huge amount of emphasis on how they train when it comes to my team selection. I’ve gone out with a team in my mind before and changed it after seeing the way people train many times.

“Some people are fantastic trainers and some people are more match players, I understand that, but I believe there are very few players who can turn it on and off like a tap. It should be a day-in, day-out thing.”

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He added: “We’ve got no injuries, which is great.”

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