Town could have been caught with their pants down
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has warned his players that there is a time and a place for their on-field antics.
With dressing room jesters Jimmy Bullard and Keith Andrews livening up what Jewell previously described as one of the quietest squads he has worked with, there have been a number of amusing incidents during Town’s recent run of swashbuckling form.
The aforementioned duo were caught by the Sky cameras carrying out an impromptu game of rock, paper, scissors to decide who would take a free-kick during the 3-0 home win over Coventry just over two weeks’ ago.
And at the weekend an excited Andrews decided he would try and yank down Michael Chopra’s shorts after his second stunning strike of the game put the Blues 3-1 up against Brighton.
“I don’t mind a bit of fun like that,” said Jewell, whose side have claimed 10 points from their last four Championship games to move to within touching distance of the top six.
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“To be honest I’d have probably pulled his (Chopra’s) shorts down if he’d got a hat-trick!
“On a serious note though, when we scored the third goal, I was concerned that they were all in our half lying on the floor.
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“I was shouting to Duke (Nathan Ellington) to stay in their half because I’m sure the referee would have been in his rights to blow the whistle and restart the game.
“With the rock, paper, scissors we were 3-0 up and you can do that sort of thing.
“I don’t want that happening all the time though. There’s a time and a place.”
The upbeat Blues boss added: “It’s certainly a place that is fun to be around at the moment, in a professional sense.
“Everyone likes coming in to work when you win.”
* Why Bullard has a rival for class clown – read Dave Gooderham’s latest ITFC blog at www.greenun24.co.uk/blogs or click on the blogs link above