‘Players not hurting enough’, slams Jewell

ANGRY Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell will force his players to sit through a video nasty after they were thrashed 5-2 by newly-promoted Southampton at Portman Road.

The shakey home defence was sliced open time and time again by the scintillating Saints attack as Town crumbled to a third successive home loss.

“I’m struggling for words,” said a shell-shocked Jewell. “I don’t know what to say about some of the defending I’ve just seen – we looked frightened to death.

“I’ll make them sit down and watch the video back and it won’t be pleasant.

“Losing like this at home hurts me badly and I know it hurts the supporters too. The problem is, I don’t think it hurts the players enough.”

He continued: “There’s just not enough players in the team that are prepared to do the ugly stuff. I’m sick and tired of telling certain players to mark when we have got the ball.”

Ipswich lost 10 games at home in the Championship last season and have now won just 26 times at Portman Road in a staggering 71 games.

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Jewell continued: “To be fair to our fans they were terrific. At most places, when you are 3-0 down at half-time, the manager wouldn’t get to the tunnel alive.

“I thought we were making progress, but this just shows we are nowhere where we need to be.

“It’s a rude awakening. We have the same old problems, the same old Achilles heels.

“Their goals came from our attacks. I knew there was a lack of pace in our team but that becomes even more of a priority for me to add now.”

– See tomorow’s EADT and Evening Star for full match reports.