The players are behind Paul Jewell says Richard Wright

He was part of the Super Blues’ Premier League adventure but has now walked into a Championship nightmare.

After gatecrashing his beloved Ipswich Town during a crazy seven days, Richard Wright today has a simple message to his shell-shocked team mates – it’s time to win dirty.

Wright was a surprise inclusion in Saturday’s team for the visit of Reading but his third debut for his home-town club couldn’t spot the rot that is stinking up Portman Road.

For the second successive match, Town threw away a winnable position late on by conceding two late goals and gifting the points to the opposition.

After losing five consecutive games, under-pressure Paul Jewell admitted that the club was in a “dark place” and called on his players to “fight and scrap” to get them out of a mess that sees Town just one point off the relegation zone.


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Wright, who got the nod after a shoulder injury to David Stockdale, believes it is time for Town to show they are behind their beleaguered boss.

The keeper, who only re-signed for Ipswich on Wednesday, said: “It is up to the players to show we are behind the manager on the pitch. We work together all week and the manager puts his ideas across. We need to take it onto the pitch.”

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With Stockdale a big doubt for tomorrow night’s trip to Burnley, Wright could continue in goal and he has a simple message for his team mates ahead of the trip to Turf Moor. !We have to grind a scruffy result out,” Wright said. “You want to play great football, but sometimes you just have to grind it out, do the dirty things and get the result. Once we do that, we can kick on.

“We have to cut out any errors and focus on concentration levels for the whole game.

“It is no good us crying. We have to stand up like men and be counted. We have to make sure we get it right – it’s as simple as that.”

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