Jewell Delighted With Third Successive Win Tuesday, 14th Feb 2012 22:54
Blues boss Paul Jewell was delighted with his side’s third successive victory, Town leaving Fratton Park with a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth. Pompey manager Michael Appleton admitted his team were second best but believed his side had scored a second-half equaliser when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’s knee diverted Greg Halford’s long throw into the Blues’ net.
Jewell said: “We’ve played well tonight, we’ve created a host of opportunities. They played well at our place and we were fortunate to beat them, I thought they were one of the better teams to come to Ipswich and we nicked the result there. But tonight I thought we fully deserved it.
“I think before we scored we had three good opportunities. In the second half, Lee’s hit the inside of the post, he’s missed a really good opportunity, the keeper’s made a good save from Murph and you start thinking that we should be comfortable here.
“At the end they had four centre-forwards on the pitch, they were knocking it in the box from throw-ins and corners and we had to defend resolutely.
“We maybe had a little bit of fortune with their ‘goal’ but in general play anyone who was at the game will have thought we deserved to win.”
The Liverpudlian confirmed that referee Darren Deadman had adjudged that no one had touched Halford’s long throw: “That’s what the referee said. One or two people are saying it came off someone’s knee. Over the season sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t.
“Not so long ago I was lambasting the linesperson’s decision at Birmingham, but on the balance of play, I thought we fully deserved it. On paper it’s a 1-0 but we could have scored four or five.”
The Blues boss was pleased with the way his team began what he felt could have been a tricky night: “It’s a difficult night to come here with everything that’s going on at this football club. It’s obviously a tough time for everybody connected to it, especially the supporters.
“We knew they would be as one, they’d back their team and we’d have to start quickly. We didn’t want them to get any momentum.
“We started the game very fast and very sharp and the goal was the least we deserved. We hit the bar, the keeper made a couple of saves and we had good opportunities.
“After that, for 10 minutes we let them back in the game, but overall, for an away performance, some of our counter-attacking football was terrific.”
Jewell, who also had praise for central defensive pair Tommy Smith and Damien Delaney, says his side have looked more dangerous going forward in recent weeks: “In the last four or five games we’ve looked a threat. We’ve got in the final third and we’ve got a cross or a shot in and made the keeper make a save.
“We look like we’re going to score a goal. Chops has found a bit of form, Lee Martin’s playing as well as he’s ever done. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is looking the part and I thought Daryl Murphy was terrific tonight. That front four, our attacking players, have all looked dangerous.”
After the game around 2,000 Pompey fans from the Fratton End stayed behind to chant their support of the club and their anger at the various recent owners with the club set to go into administration in the next few days.
Jewell said the Blues players were paying tribute during their warm-down and he planned to do the same: “They’re brilliant. The players are out there applauding them and I’ll probably go out there and applaud them myself.
“Football clubs are about fans and sometimes they get a raw deal and Portsmouth have probably had a raw deal over the last few years. Supporters are the heartbeat of a football club.
“Rangers have gone into administration and it looks like Portsmouth are. It’s a lesson for football - it’s got to keep its house in order.
“Supporters sometimes want people to spend money they haven’t got and in the end it can lead to situations like we’ve got now.”
Pompey boss Michael Appleton says the video clearly shows that Halford’s throw caught Jay Emmanuel-Thomas before hitting the net and his side ought to have had an equaliser: “Basically, Emmanuel-Thomas knees the ball into his own goal. I thought it was a goal right away because the ball’s changed angle as it’s gone into the back of the net.
“The referee thought Halford threw it straight in, it wasn’t for a foul or anything like that. That’s disappointing and the boy knew as well, you could see on his face he knew he’d scored an own goal.
“But, did we do enough really to win the game or get something out of the game, if we really look deep down at ourselves? Probably not. It was a night when it didn’t really happen for us. I don’t know why.”
another good result and performance from town, another 3 saturday against Cardiff please, ey i ey i ey i o up the football league we go. Clean sheet too. how many times have we hit the post or bar this season? would be interesting to know.it seems to me every game these days. at least we are getting a bit more luck in other areas tho. COYB
and those of you questioning Edwards as captain - get off his back. He's not a full back we all know that but he has been asked/forced to play the position by Keane and now Jewell and does his best. Just support the team like Portsmouth fans seem able to do.
That front four look really good on paper, and finally we can say they are also good on grass! Counter attacking football? We havn't seen that for years and years.
Credit to Smith and Delaney, being a left footed centre back pairing, and the fact their last full game was Southampton where we were ripped apart let's be honest because of some awful defending on their part.
Cardiff will be difficult, but we have a good record against them, Scotland, Emmanuel Thomas and Chopra scoring in a 3-0 would be the most ideal of ideal scorelines I think!
Guys Jas already posted under the match report, do read its unbelievable. Evidently turn around all due to ME speaking to the players and nothing to do with PJ!!! The guy needs help :-) well done one and all, I feared for our CB today but they proved me wrong, finally I am enjoying being a town fan again and not dreading every single game ........
Well done lads!! Sounds like we played really well tonight with some exciting counter-attacking football. It's really nice to finally have a nice settled team so with our limited options at centre half lets hope that injuries are kind to us in the coming weeks/months.
Another three points on Saturday against the bluebird taffs would be lovely so up the town and COME ON YOU BLUE BOYS!!!!
P.s Anyone else agree that Clegg really does have one of those faces that you want to SLAP??
Happy with ANOTHER win but even more over the moon with yet another decent performance. Personally, if we're playing football like this, I can't see a reason not to get behind the team, you can argue the stats from over the last year all you want, we're scoring goals and once the defence is sorted, we'll be right up there!
cardiff will be a real challenge but no more so than West ham should have been i'll be pleased with a draw on saturday,Chopra could easily finish with 20 goals this season and we keep going like we are we wil hopefully be carrying some momentum for next season. COYB
A great win & a clean sheet. Attack & Midfield= Promotion Contenders Defence= Relegation Contenders on paper but defence is proving me wrong & working hard. So another win on sat & need to sort this -11 out & I think 15th-8th/-1 & Prepare for next year. Come on you blues
Excellent result and performance. Frot 4 doing the business and defence solid with Hyam and drury the perfect link between the 2. What more could we ask for from last 3 games than a drubbing of top of the league west Spam, last min winner and an away clean sheet.
Fantastic result! Didn't think we'd keep a cleen sheet in a million years!! Just shows you loan players just don't have their heart in it look at Doncaster now n norwich few years ago! Could not be happier for Hyam home grown fantastic player can't wait to get back to north stand to sing my heart out for the lads!!! We all feel like singing the blues......!! Ok norwich don't lose but at least we win at the moment!!!