Jewell: Town Now More Flexible
Friday, 24th Feb 2012 12:35
Boss Paul Jewell says there’s a greater flexibility about the current Town side, admitting that his team lacked a Plan B earlier in the campaign.
Town’s autumn run of good form – which included a home victory over Saturday’s opponents Brighton – came to an abrupt halt as sides worked out the diamond formation.
Jewell is conscious that opposition managers will be working on finding a solution to the Blues’ current successful system: “I think we’re got to be aware of that and it’s something that we’ve worked on in training, the ability to change our shape during games, whether that’s with the players already on the pitch or with a change of personnel. I think we’ve got to be flexible.
“I think a lot of teams are trying to match us up. Cardiff played with a diamond last week and they changed their system to try to counteract the way we were playing, which is a credit to us.
“We’ve always got to try and be one step ahead of that and try and have a Plan B. When people worked out the diamond, we probably didn’t have that, to be honest. Maybe we’ve got a bit more flexibility about us now.”
The Town manager says lessons should be learnt from previous games whether you win them or lose them: “You have to learn from your mistakes and from what you’ve done well. We take what we’ve learned in one game forward to the next.
“I think if you look at the season and watch every minute of every game, as we have, you would say that for large parts of those games we’ve played quite well.
“But in the periods where we haven’t, we’ve conceded goals – the Southampton, Peterborough, Doncaster games and Reading at home we conceded two or three goals in five or 10-minute spells, which gave us a mountain to climb.
“In the last couple of games we’ve kept two clean sheets and when we’ve come under pressure we’ve managed not to concede. Up until recently, when we’ve come under pressure we’ve conceded one goal, if not two.
“Having said that, we’ve conceded goals when we haven’t been under pressure by just making basic errors. We’ve cut them out in the last couple of games and we’ve seen the benefit of it.”
Get a free £25 matched bet on Reading v Ipswich Town (or other matches) by opening a new account at William Hill. Place an initial bet of a minimum of £5 and William Hill will match that bet up to £25. You must enter the promotional code "F25" when signing up as a new customer.
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 210 bloggers
The Pleasure, the Privilege, Decline? by Mullet
There's a 6ft 3in hole in Ipswich Town right now. Behind the tears in some blue eyes as we enter the international break without Daryl Murphy, the changing of the old guard at Ipswich looks almost complete.
A Plea to Mick: Don't Hold Us Back by Pickersblue22
After nearly four years, we know exactly what we get. Mick McCarthy arrived in November 2012 with the club at a low ebb. He lifted us from a dreary, uninspiring outfit, consistently languishing in mid-table, to the surprising, joyful, wonderful highs of 2014/15.
Far East Anglians by Marcus
I’ve never really liked the term ‘Far East’ as it tends to conjure images of China and Japan rather than the plethora of different countries and cultures in South East Asia. However, for the sake of it, ‘Far East Anglians’ works quite well to indicate Town (and the other lot's) supporters here in Asia.
Sketches by Mullet
It's fair to say that despite having no expectations, the start of the season hasn't gone to plan so far for Mick McCarthy. Quite clearly six points from six and progression to the second round of the EFL Cup would have been the aim before a ball was kicked - it's fair to say we've been a little off in that respect.
Where to Exploit and How to Avoid Being Exploited - Brentford by AConcernedIpswichFan
Ipswich go into this game of the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to League Two Stevenage in the EFL Cup first round and are looking to bounce back with a victory over the Bees.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]