There are some areas where we are not good enough - Jewell

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says that he is currently the victim of his own success.

After losing his first Championship match in charge at Millwall on January 15 his team went on a six-match unbeaten run to give hope of a late challenge for a Championship place.

But the Blues have accrued just one point from their last three games and travel to Cardiff City tomorrow (kick-off 5.20pm) looking to get back to winning ways.

“We had that good spell and with results dipping a bit we are a victim of our own success,” said Jewell.

“The team has done well, but there are some areas at the moment that we are not good enough at.”


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Jewell confirmed that he had made a phone call to West Brom about bringing striker Simon Cox on loan to Portman Road, but that he has made no enquiry to Aston Villa for 20-year-old front runner Nathan Delfouneso.

“Simon has a decent scoring record at our level and at 23 is someone who could have given us more options,” said Jewell.

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“But with a new manager coming in at West Brom he wanted to stay and fight for his place, which is understandable.

“I was at the Derby County versus Doncaster Rovers game on Tuesday, but not too much should be read into that as it was the nearest game to my home on the night.

“The other games were some way away.”

Billy Sharp, the Doncaster Rovers striker, is one man Jewell could have been keeping tabs on and the 25-year-old scored twice in a 3-1 win over the Rams.

Jewell is not looking to put on a show just for the live television cameras tomorrow and added: “I’ll be looking to see a similar display to the one we showed against Portsmouth last weekend when we annihilated them for 55 minutes – but for 90 minutes this time.

“If we do that we will win more games than we lose.

“But we know we have to roll our sleeves up as Cardiff are a team I expect to gain promotion.

“They have three strikers in Craig Bellamy, Michael Chopra and Jay Bothroyd who are Premier League class with the first two having already confirmed that and Bothroyd will I’m sure be playing in the top flight next season whether Cardiff go up or not.

“Cardiff also have a good defence and strong midfield and they are a club I admire with players who have been together for a while and one that obviously galvanised itself to fight back after the heartbreak of losing the play-off final last season.

Alan Quinn trained with the Town first team squad yesterday but Colin Healy misses out tomorrow after a tear was discovered in the stomach muscle injury he sustained at QPR on February 22.

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