‘We have a few broken hearts’ - Jewell
PAUL Jewell, the Ipswich Town manager, today confirmed that he had no injury worries after Tuesday’s home 3-0 defeat by Watford.
“Just a few broken hearts,” he quipped before he settled down to the serious business of getting a first Portman Road win in five games when relegation-threatened Scunthorpe come visiting tomorrow in a Championship fixture (kick-off 3pm).
Jewell says that he has yet to decide on his line-up and added: “I always consider team selection on the merits of each game.
“But I have not got that many options and not the biggest squad in the world.”
What he will be seeking is more from his players in both penalty areas.
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“Former manager Howard Wilkinson had a great saying when he said that what goes in-between the two boxes is just propaganda.
“It’s what happens in the box that really matters.
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“This is where we have been letting ourselves down – conceding from set plays at one end and not getting on the end of things at the other.
“We have to show more desire and when we were 2-0 down I had the feeling that the players did not believe they could score goals and give fans something to shout about.
“Our crowd has been supportive to me and the players. I have played and managed sides that have been 3-0 down and been absolutely ruined.
“Fans pay good money and have been entitled to let their feelings know in recent home games.”
Skipper David Norris has served his two-match suspension, but would have missed those games anyway as he took a further knock in the ankle he hurt at Barnsley on February 12 against Reading in the tackle that saw him gain his tenth booking of the season.
He warmed up with the squad on Wednesday and will come into consideration if he comes through a full session today.
Colin Healy is set to return after recovering from a stomach muscle tear.
And talking about Kieron Dyer, Jewell said: “We will have to be guided by the player over his fitness.
“He was fairly stiff after 70 minutes at Leeds on Saturday and did not feel right to start on Tuesday.
“We appreciate West Ham’s help in having him here and don’t want him breaking down.”
Jason Scotland and Luca Civelli could be in line for a start in place of Tamas Priskin and perhaps Lee Martin, who has lost some of the zest and command he was showing a few games ago.
Andy Drury could play wide if Jimmy Bullard and Grant Leadbitter are joined in midfield by Dyer, Norris or Healy.
Jewell is certainly not expecting Scunthorpe to make life easy for his team as they need every point they can get.
“They are no mugs and have had some decent results recently,” said Jewell.
“A change of manager could fire them up and we have to be prepared for that and be on guard.
“We have three of the four bottom teams to play at home and none will be easy games.”
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Tomorrow’s likely squads
Ipswich Town: Fulop, Lee-Barrett, Edwards, McAuley, Delaney, Kennedy, O’Dea, Peters, Martin, Dyer, Drury, Leadbitter, Bullard, Healy, Norris, Civelli, Wickham, Priskin, Scotland, O’Connor, Hyam, Brown.
Scunthorpe United: Lillis; Nolan, Nelson, Reid, Gordon; Duffy, Togwell, O’Connor, Garner; Miller, Dagnall, Hughes, Raynes, Collins, A Wright, J Wright, Grant, Slocombe, Mirfin.
Referee: Mr D Webb (County Durham)
Ipswich home league record against Scunthorpe
P5 W5 D0 L0 F10 A3