Talk is cheap as Paul Jewell calls on his Town team to “man up”
Ipswich v Wolverhampton: Paul Jewell is getting fed-up of being praised.
His Town side’s brand of possession football has been singled out by rival managers Ian Holloway and Tony Mowbray – both renowned exponents of an attractive passing game.
But Jewell knows he will ultimately only be judged on results rather than performances and has called on his side to adopt a win-at-all-costs mentality ahead of tonight’s home match against Wolves (7.45pm ko).
The Blues boss said: “It’s nice having managers say good things about us, but I would rather them say how lucky we were to get the three points. I want them talking about us winning matches.
“All the stats show we had more passes than Middlesbrough or Blackburn (when we played them), but both those sides have more points than us. People say they want us to be a passing team and that it is the Ipswich way, but the way I would like to do it is the winning way – to play good football and win. And we are a long way off that at the moment.”
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Town go into tonight’s match injury-free but without any new faces following yet more disappointment in Jewell’s search for new defensive recruits.
Putting aside that disappointment, the manager wants his team to play without fear against a Wolves side tipped by many to make an instant return to the top-flight.
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Jewell said: “I think the most important thing is just getting confidence from winning games. At the moment, there is a bit of trepidation when we go a goal behind.
“We want to get to a stage where we are looking for two or three goals while keeping the door closed at the back. We have dominated games for long spells but got nothing from them.
“We need to man up a bit and play without fear, but that is hard when you are not winning games.”