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Paul Jewell wishes he had more ‘intelligent’ footballers like Byron Lawrence

PUBLISHED: 06:00 30 April 2012

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell wishes he had more ‘intelligent’ footballers like schoolboy Byron Lawrence.

The 16-year-old became the club’s second youngest-ever debutant when introduced as an 80th minute substitute during Saturday’s 3-2 win at rock-bottom Doncaster Rovers.

And Blues boss Jewell, furious at his side’s lack of ruthlessness and key lapses in concentration, says some of his more experienced players could learn a lot from the teenager.

“Young Byron is an intelligent footballer,” said Jewell, speaking after his side finished a wildly inconsistent Championship campaign placed 15th in the table.

“You only have to tell him something once and he takes it on board. That’s what we want – intelligent footballers.”

The frustrated Blues boss, who has accused his players of ‘doing their own thing’ on numerous occasions this season, continued: “The problem with us is we get in control and then we don’t carry on doing the simple things that got us to that stage.

“There are too many players who think they can flick it, people give silly fouls away. I even saw a player today (Tommy Smith) give them the ball back for a free-kick. I couldn’t believe it; I’ve never seen that before.

“We just do ridiculous things that become game-changing events. We have to sharpen up mentally in those scenarios.

“I just think today highlighted the fact that we need four or five quality players to come into our squad. With the standards I’ve got we need to improve this squad.”

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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