We should have won, said Paul Jewell

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell was once again left disappointed that his side did not make more of a dominant first half, the Blues drawing 1-1 at Crystal Palace this afternoon.

The Blues bossed possession in the opening half at Selhurst Park, but trailed to Norwich City loanee Chris Martin’s 36th minute goal against the run of play.

Jason Scotland grabbed a superb equaliser in the 64th minute, with the end-of-season mid-table match petering out in the second period.

“I thought we dominated the first half completely,” said Jewell. “They’ve had a chance through Darren Ambrose and got the goal, but we were outstanding football wise and the only thing missing from us was a goal.

“I think we had 10 crosses, 10 shots, passed the ball really well, the only thing that was missing was a goal. I didn’t think it was a fair result.”

He continued: “We’ve scored a lot of goals this year, but for the last five or six games we’ve struggled. We’ve had lots of possession but not made it count.

“I thought Grant Leadbitter and Andy Drury were terrific in the middle of the park. We got the ball wide and got crosses in.

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“Sometimes we were over passing it. I felt there were some quality balls going across the box there – someone like Shearer would have had a hat-trick today.

“We need to get across people in the box in those situations. To score goals you got to be prepared to get a cut eye. How much do we really want to score a goal?

“I’m not going to be too critical of the players though because I felt today – certainly in the first half – all that was missing was a goal.

“I think Dougie (Freedman) has done a great job here. They try and hit you on the counter-attack with pace, but I thought we played well today. We had twice as many shots as them.”

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis and more reaction.