Town players’ futures soon to be decided

WHETHER Gareth McAuley, Damien Delaney, Colin Healy and Brian Murphy have long term Ipswich Town futures should be known later this week with boss Paul Jewell’s discussions with those out of contract in the summer continuing.

“We should know something later in the week,” said Jewell, who was pleased with the resilience shown by his players in Saturday’s 2-1 Championship victory at Burnley.

“We were very good to start with and pressed Burnley back. Every time we went forward we looked like scoring and our second goal was a bit special although it may have been a mis-head by Connor.

“Our system got on top of their system, but when they switched it the match changed and I was a bit annoyed at how we played after the interval when we looked a bit jaded.

“There was always a danger that the referee might be looking to give something at one stage and I warned the players about this at the break, but to be fair he did okay in the second half.


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“We showed a resilience and have done well on our travels with the back four doing particularly well with Gareth McAuley in the thick of things despite stitches in his ear in his lip and I don‘t know where else!“

Jewell, who said his players deserved to be kept faith with after their win over Scunthorpe in the previous game, had praise for 17-year-old Josh Carson, who impressed in only his second senior game.

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“I thought Josh did fine,” said Jewell. “He was feisty and aggressive, he’s only going to be better for his two performances.

“Burnley is not an easy place to go, but Josh played well and although he tired a little in the second half I think he’s going to be a decent player.”

And reflecting more on the game in general, Jewell added: “I can’t remember our keeper making a save really. For all the pressure that Burnley had, I don’t think he had too many saves to make. Long may that continue.

“We had several players away on international duty last week and it was a sterling performance, defensively.

“With seven games to go yet, and we want to finish the season with as many points as possible.

“We have everything to play for. We have people playing for their futures, supporters have come an awful long way to watch us, so if I think anyone has got nothing to play for the they won’t be playing!

“It’s as simple as that.”

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