Jewell Delighted With Fourth Win in a Row Saturday, 18th Feb 2012 18:17
Town boss Paul Jewell was delighted with his side’s 3-0 home victory over Cardiff City, although he admitted he thought keeper Arran Lee-Barrett was going to be red-carded for his early foul on Bluebirds striker Joe Mason. The win was Town’s fourth in a row and their sixth in seven games against Cardiff.
Jewell said: “It was a good result against one of the top teams. There was a spell in the first half where we had to ride our luck a little bit but overall I thought we were worthy winners.
“We had to dig in for 20 minutes in the first half because Cardiff caused us a few problems but we were resolute, we had a little bit of fortune and once we scored, you could see the confidence in the team.”
He admitted that he felt he might needed to call on second-choice keeper Alex McCarthy, feeling that Lee-Barrett may have been fortunate to avoid first use of the Wash and Go: “Probably. I’ve only seen it live and my initial reaction was ‘get your gear off Alex’.
“But I did see the ball go quite a bit wide and the linesman was on that side, so if anyone had a good view, it was him.
“Maybe we might have [been fortunate] but there have been plenty of times this season when we haven’t had the rub of the green.”
Jewell, whose side is up to 16th, 11 points off the play-offs and 15 from the relegation zone, was pleased with his team’s workrate: “[The industry] starts at the front with Michael Chopra, Lee Martin, Daryl Murphy and even Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
“You can see the crowd warm to that. The least we expect is hard work. But we are running around playing with confidence.
“We’re a difficult team to play against at the moment because we’re in people’s faces and we’ve got athleticism about the team.”
Two-goal Martin impressed his manager, which he admits hasn’t always been the case: “He’s found a little role in the team.
“Lee and I have our ups and downs, it’s been well documented, he’s been ill-disciplined at times, but I think he’s maturing as a footballer and he’s taking a bit of a lead role in our team. He’s one of the leaders, if you like.
“I’ve got nothing but praise for him, he’s found that position, he’s working hard, he’s adding goals to his game and he’s playing with supreme confidence and great energy and he’s a focal point of our team at the moment.”
Jewell was also pleased with his other midfielders, who he says have been crucial to Town’s recent resurgence: “People have come into the team, Andy Drury and Luke Hyam, and played exceptionally well and we’ve found a position which suits Lee Martin.
“I also thought Daryl Murphy was excellent today. I thought his workrate and his industry both on and off the ball was terrific and he had a hand in two of the goals.”
Defensively, the Blues boss was delighted with the first back-to-back clean sheets since September: “What we’ve done at the back this year, whatever back four has played, is make basic errors, individual errors which cost us goals.
“I guess two months ago we would have conceded in that dodgy spell in the first half, even maybe a couple of goals because that’s what’s happened so far this season.
“But we’re playing with that confidence, that belief and that desire and people have taken their chances in the team.
“If you get clean sheets you don’t lose matches, I know it’s an obvious saying. We went to Portsmouth and won 1-0 and it wasn’t a backs to the wall performance.
“Again we kept a clean sheet today. The back four have been vilified by people this year and I’d rather say it’s a team thing rather than a unit of the team – we defend as a team and we attack as a team and at the moment we do look a decent team.
“Both Tommy and Damien, and Cressy and Carlos were terrific," he added. "It was a good performance.”
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was pleased with his team’s first half display but less so their second: “We started the game well enough and over the course of the first half had plenty of attacks round about their goal.
“We gave the ball away 20 yards from our nets and they scored a good goal from it, so I was disappointed with that, and they had another chance.
“But over the whole of the first half I was quite happy with the way we were playing. Second half, we were second best.”
But it was referee Simon Hooper’s failure to red card Lee-Barrett which particularly irked the one-time Norwich defender: “It was incredible. At the time, the whole stadium, even the Ipswich fans, have got their hearts in their mouths. Their manager blows his cheeks out and looks at me when the yellow card goes up.
“It’s an incredible decision. It’s one that I asked [referee Simon Hooper] about at half-time and he felt that the goalkeeper tried to nick the ball away from our centre-forward with one foot.
“I think anybody who has looked at it has seen two feet off the ground, flying in. He hits him about the knee and takes him out.
“I think if that’s challenge by two midfielders or a centre-back on someone in the middle of the park, forget goalscoring opportunity, it’s a sending off, never mind last man, him being the goalkeeper and the man running round him to score.
“It’s a defining moment, one that I cannot get my head around and it’s one that the referee’s supervisor and the head of referees will see on Monday, and I’ll be looking for feedback immediately.”
Defining moment only cause the only way you would have stood a chance today was against 10 men! Ok maybe we were lucky but this isn't the reason cardiff lost... great to see cardiff fans applaud chops goal and again when he was subbed.
For once i'm not fearing before an Ipswich game, whereas before i was. Another great night tonight! 11 of the play-offs, who knows?! A good couple of more wins and we'll be there. Always look upwards :-)
Yes, a disappointing attendance today, and I can't help but think this was partly due to match ticket holders' annoyance at Clegg's decision to charge them again for the Middlesbrough replay. I fear we're going to lose income many times over what the £7.50 charges will bring in.
Fantastic result today with superb work rate from so many. Drury was excellent at controlling midfield and he like many got back to defend well when needed. This really looks like a team that could take us places, so let's get the key players signed up on contracts beyond next season so we can build for the future.
dissapointing attendance eh mark good call more fool them one way or another was always going to be a good game of footie were flying,our midfield work hard and dury is a find oh but didnt we have him any way thank crawley and jewells insight or luck for sending him on loan and martin outstanding today his energy i wish i had a quarter of that roll on next week going down to brighton nice to go away and know we may compete on an away match i go to for a change coyb
Justice done Mr Mackay as we outplayed you for long periods at Cardiff and were robbed by Referee Dean Whitestone for a handball that never was which turned the game. Don't think you can complain too much today as after the opening stages Ipswich were by far the better team. Apart from the goalkeeper can't fault any of our lads performances and it is refreshing to see such great team spirit. Hats off again to Martin and great to see Chopra back to his best something we have not seen at Ipswich. Talk of the play offs is way off the mark as just relieved to be where we are after this season of so many disappointments. Can't wait for my Brighton weekend now.
What a bizarre season. 7 straight losses (worst for 50 years) and now 4 straight wins (best for 8 seasons). Jewell has found the winning formula (I think) by chance, but who cares. Feels f***ing great. Not felt like this for a long, long time. Praise the Lord!
would like to heap loads of praise for our team,Terrific performance against one of the top clubs . Shakey goalkeeping at times. Looked like a red card for the foul on Cardiff striker Joe Mason but was not given. Chops again on the score sheet,but this was not about individuals it was a team effort . Well done to all. Before the game i Ipredicted the score as 1....1 draw, I will now eat humble pie,Good luck to the team COYB
Lathers - there is no middle ground as a town fan. We are great or garbage there seems to be no in between.
Playoffs, whilst possible are still not likely. Too many times in first half was Smith isolated against Miller - an attack with more pace would have seen us in big trouble. We are now making strides in the right direction but whilst we should enjoy it don't get carried away.
After the worst run of results since 1994, we now deliver the best run since 2004. Great result today, but interesting that people seem to think PJ is some sort of genius now - depite still losing over half the games this season! I don't know what ME said before the West Ham match, but clearly it worked so well done to him. As for PJ, this run goes a small way for making up for the utter rubbish he delivered for the first 13 months of his reign.
4 straight wins is a great return though and lets hope it continues.
Today was another fantastic display, yeah we got lucky with Lee-Barrett but as PJ says we have had some rotten luck too this season. Lee Martin was sensational today really was his hunger, work rate, skill and commitment was fantastic. It starts from the front closing people down forcing errors we didn't give them a moments rest. Murphy has got plenty of abuse from me this season but thought he was very good today too. And Chops five in four games and well deserved worked his socks off COYB !!!!
Impressed with tommy smith again today. He looks the the more experienced centre half out there at the moment. Talks for 90 mins and looked comfortable all game. Martin, drury and hyam again excellent as we're murphy an chops! Loving watching football at portman road again. Let's hope we can keep it going!
I am so pleased that Crawley only offered half the price to buy Drury,, it is there loss and our gain !!!!! Jewillio turned them down and he has certainly paid us all back, with his performances... Good on yer sport !!!!!