‘We show the white flag too easily,’ says Jewell

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says some of his players ‘aren’t good enough’ following today’s embarrassing 7-1 defeat at newly-promoted Peterborough in front of the Sky cameras.

“For 12 minutes or so I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Jewell, whose side conceded four quick goals in the first half having taken the lead.

“Some of the goals we conceded were just ridiculous. When it gets physical and nitty gritty, the white flag just comes out. Whenever we come under pressure we just collapse.

“At half-time it was damage limitation, we were just trying to keep the score down to be brutally honest.

“There are too many people in the building that are not good enough or worthy enough to play for us.

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“I take responsibility, I’m the manager and I pick the team. I’ll take it on the chin, put my tin helmet on and battle on. I’ve just got to keep trying to get people in the building.”

The Blues boss, whose side lost 5-2 at home to Southampton on Tuesday night, added: “Someone said three of their goals were offside and the penalty was outside the box, but I’m definitely not going to hide behind a 7-1 defeat by blaming the referee.

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“Even if that’s true it doesn’t hide what’s going on in our team. Some of the defending was of shambolic proportions.

“I don’t think there are too many teams that can say they’ve conceded 12 goals in five days. It was really, really embarrassing and I’m really hurting.”

– Full reports and reaction in Monday’s EADT and Evening Star.

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