Wigan boss looks for improvement

PAUL Jewell saw his side win their first ever Division One game but warned they will have to be sharper up front and defensively tighter against Ipswich Town today, writes Derek Davis.

PAUL Jewell saw his side win their first ever Division One game but warned they will have to be sharper up front and defensively tighter against Ipswich Town today, writes Derek Davis.

Goals by Peter Kennedy and Nathan Ellington gave Wigan a 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday but Jewell accepted the Clarets were unfortunate not to score themselves.

Jewell said: "I was happy to win but not particularly happy with the performance. I actually thought we played poorly. Thankfully what we did do was defend resolutely.

"Even the players are disappointed with the way we played but we have to take the positives out of it and we did get three points and a clean sheet out of it.

"Mind you we have to be better than that when we face Ipswich."

Wigan achieved what Town aimed to do last season, finish their division as champions and with 100 points, although they did not manage a century of goals.

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With a win and a draw under their belts in the first three games Jewell's men have started reasonably, although the former Bradford City boss would love to beef up his squad further.

Former Celtic striker Mark Burchill, who spent a spell on loan at Ipswich, scoring once in seven appearances, has joined The Latics on an initial one-month loan from Portsmouth.

Jewell has promised to try to make the move permanent should the 23-year-old find the net.

Burchill said: "I would have probably liked to have stayed at Ipswich but it did not quite work out. They are a lot different now from when I was there and are not quite as good but they should still challenge for promotion.

"I didn't get the chance to show anything against them when I was at Portsmouth so perhaps this game will be different."

He will probably partner Nathan Ellington up front after the former Bristol Rovers striker went on as a substitute to replace Lee McCulloch who pulled a hamstring against Burnley.

Ellington hit 22 goals last season in league and cup, while midfielder Andy Liddell came through with 15, although five of those were from the penalty spot.

Wigan also have Welsh international Neil Roberts available but the former Wrexham striker international will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Jewell made very few signings in the summer. Gary Walsh arrived from Bradford City but he is second choice to John Filan between the sticks, as the 'Wizard of Oz' continues to impress with clean sheets.

Skipper Jason De Vos is injured while McCulloch and Steve McMillan failed to finish Saturday's encounter through injury. With De Vos out, former Norwich City defender Matt Jackson wears the captain's armband, while ex-West Ham and Peterborough winger Jimmy Bullard is a danger man.

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