Reserves must take advantage of attacking “misfortune” says Paul Jewell
Ipswich v Charlton: Paul Jewell has called on his back-up strikers to grasp the opportunity given to them by the injuries to Paul Taylor and Michael Chopra.
Taylor is a definite no-go for today’s home match against Charlton after breaking a bone in his foot, while Choipra is rated as highly doubtful with a thigh strain.
Their absence should open the door for Jason Scotland or Daryl Murphy, in his preferred central role, while Ronan Murray should return to the bench.
Then there is Nathan Ellington, a once-prolific goalscorer whose career at Portman Road has never got going.
But after impressing Jewell in the last few weeks, including as an over-age player for the Under-21s, the ‘Duke’ should return to the matchday squad today.
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While disappointed by Taylor’s absence for the next few weeks, the Blues boss said: “Someone’s misfortune is always an opportunity for someone else.”
After watching his side spurn a number of golden chances to pick up points in recent matches, Jewell will be hoping a new-look frontline might make the difference.
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“It is not just the strikers that are missing opportunities,” said Jewell, who revealed there had been a greater emphasis on shooting in training over the last month. “Something needs to fall for one of our strikers or one of our players and I feel the team will just move on from there.
“It will not just happen, we have to make it happen. And the way you do that is just to keep getting in there and not be frightened to miss.
“It’s not nice to miss, but if you don’t put yourself in positions, you definitely won’t score them.”
Meanwhile, Charlton boss Chris Powell believes all the pressure is on Ipswich as he looks for his side to recover from their own stuttering start at Portman Road.
Powell said: ““We had them watched against Wolves, and they will be saying that it’s a chance to kick-start [their season] – but of course we’ll be looking to get ourselves out of the run we’re in.
“I think we’ve got to go there with the intention of putting them on the back foot and being on the front foot.
“We are the away team, so of course the pressure is on them. But they’ve had a poor couple of results recently and we will be looking to add to that.
“We can go there thinking no one is expecting us to defend or attack with this quality – but I know we can.”