Peterborough 7-1 hiding was my darkest day in football – Paul Jewell
IT is day that will live long in the memory of Town fans – for all the wrong reasons.
Saturday, August 20, 2011. The nightmare on London Road as Peterborough hit seven past the beleaguered Blues in full view of the Sky cameras.
Supporters who paid money to watch the humiliation were offered free travel for a later away day at Blackpool but it was a small crumb of comfort as they became the laughing stock of the nation.
For Paul Jewell, a manager of some 565 games, he winces at the memory of his darkest day in football.
And while he might stop short at uttering the word ‘revenge’, he admits his side owe Town fans when the two sides meet again at Portman Road tomorrow afternoon (3pm ko).
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He said: “It was a horrible, horrible day and as low as I have been in my career. I have had some tough times, as everyone does, but I would think 6-1 down, with 40 minutes to go, with nine men on the TV, and with a lot of our support there, was as tough or as low as it gets.
“I know fans take the defeats badly, and the players do, but no one feels a defeat more than the manager. I felt ashamed, I didn’t want to go out or be seen.
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“It is a horrible feeling and there is no hiding place. I think anyone who was part of that squad felt it badly.”
Town had topped the Championship on the opening day but they came crashing back down to earth just two weeks later in one of their heaviest defeats of all time.
Amazingly, Keith Andrews had given the visitors the lead but things quickly spiralled out of control with Town ending with just nine men and Jewell left fearing an even worse outcome.
He explained: “Everyone knows the story in the second half - it was just attack against defence in the second half and it was looking like it could have been double figures.
“We owe ourselves and our supporters one. It is not revenge, but it is a home game against a good team and we are looking forward to it. It is nothing about Peterborough, we just want to win the match. It wouldn’t be any sweeter because we lost 7-1.”