Team mates have taken pressure off Michael Chopra says Blues boss

PAUL Jewell has praised his players for taking some of the spotlight off top scorer Michael Chopra.

Chopra goes into today’s trip to Watford searching for his 15th goal of a rollercoaster first season in Suffolk that has mirrored Town’s fortunes.

Jewell insists Chopra suffered by playing in a side lacking in confidence earlier in the season, a period that saw the striker dropped to the bench.

But with Town’s number 10 firing again, Jewell believes he has been helped by the likes of Lee Martin and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas also hitting top form.

The manager explained: “He (Chopra) is a terrific player. He had a bad spell when the team was having a bad spell. “Maybe we were all looking for him to be our saviour all the time and get us out of jail.

“Now a lot of people have taken more responsibility and stepped up to the plate – I’m thinking Andy Drury, Luke Hyam, recently Grant Leadbitter, Daryl Murphy, Lee Martin, JET.

“All of a sudden, instead of talking just about Chops there are a lot of players who have contributed an awful lot.”