Relieved Paul Jewell remaining level-headed after remarkable 5-3 comeback win at Barnsley
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell isn’t getting carried away by his side’s remarkable 5-3 comeback win at Barnsley.
The Blues looked destined for an eighth straight Championship defeat – and Jewell potentially the exit door – following a lacklustre first half in which yet more sloppy defensive errors saw them fall 2-0 behind to a Craig Davies penalty and Ricardo Vaz Te header.
The form book suggested that Town would collapse in front of a global television audience, but from nowhere they came roaring back in a second half which stunned the Oakwell crowd into silence.
Keith Andrews volleyed home within 20 seconds of the restart and then equalised with a glancing header - his eighth of the season - in the 49th minute.
Danny Collins headed the visitors in front, with further Michael Chopra and Jason Scotland goals rendering Davies’ late free-kick a consolation.
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“There’s no point getting carried away when I was telling people not to get carried away by the defeats,” said Jewell. “This is a start, but that’s all it is.
“There’s just a feeling of huge relief in the dressing room. At last we can finally look forward to staying up for the Football League show.”
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With the bottom three all losing today, Town are now three points clear of the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s visit of Derby County.
“At 2-0 it was shades of Burnley (4-0 away defeat last Tuesday),” admitted Jewell.
“I just said to the players at half-time that we need men. It’s live on the telly, that shouldn’t make any difference, but I just said now is no time for shrinking violets.
“I said to them, you can do it. Look around you, look at the players next to you.
“We came out second half and I got a reaction. I said the next goal was vital, we got it and from then on we looked dangerous.”
He continued: “When you’ve been on the run we’ve been on it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself and feel like everything is going against you.
“All it comes down to is belief and determination and we showed that in abundance second half.
“We looked lively all of a sudden. From nowhere the front players got a hold of the ball, midfield players were picking up second balls, we were getting crosses in the box – everything we didn’t do first half.
“Against Burnley they went missing (in the second half), but today they didn’t.”
- Full match report and reaction in Monday’s EADT and Evening Star.