We can hear you, Jewell tells self-critical Town fans
DON’T worry, we can hear you. That’s the message from upbeat Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell to the club’s supporters today after many voiced their concerns that noise levels at Portman Road remain too low.
A series of online polls held during a live EADT webchat yesterday afternoon revealed that most Blues fans (81%) are now confident of a top-six finish following an impressive return of 10 points from a tricky four-game run.
An even bigger majority, though – a whopping 94% – said that Town fans were too quiet following criticism from a number of Brighton fans to that effect on social networking site Twitter.
“I thought it was a great atmosphere on Saturday,” said Jewell, who clearly feels the Ipswich faithful are being too tough on themselves.
“I think the late goals against Leeds and West Ham really gave everyone belief. When we went 1-0 down on Saturday you could sense that the crowd didn’t panic. In fact they did quite the opposite, they lifted us and the players responded to that.
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“They’ve got a huge part to play in our season, the supporters.”
Jewell said that he felt his players were ‘fearful’ of playing at home earlier in the season, but his rejuvenated side appear to have overcome that with three straight victories at Portman Road – the first time they have done so since Pablo Counago’s dramatic late winner against Coventry in January 2010.
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Town chief executive Simon Clegg admitted at the start of the campaign that he is always looking at ways to improve the atmosphere at home, with the away fans being moved closer to the more vocal Sir Bobby Robson Stand one suggestion that has been considered.