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Jewell: Town the Better Side Before the Break
Jewell: Town the Better Side Before the Break
Saturday, 25th Feb 2012 18:07

Town boss Paul Jewell felt there was little in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Brighton until the Sussex side’s second goal with the Blues having been the better team in the first half.

Jewell said: “I thought we were the better team for large periods of the game. Certainly in the first half we had some really good play, some good opportunities. Gordon Greer got a terrific shot of Michael Chopra’s off the line, fair play to him.

“In the first half I thought we were the better team, I was a bit disappointed to come in 1-0 down. In the second half we took the game to them, Tommy Smith had a good opportunity from a corner, Michael Chopra’s goal was disallowed, and it was handball, no doubt.”

He was disappointed with the goals conceded, particularly the second which came from a poor Arran Lee-Barrett kick: “The goals we gave away were synonymous with us really – poor goals. But up until the second goal I thought we were well in the game.

“It wasn’t just the goal, it was the manner of the goal, it just deflated everybody. It came out of the blue and it kicks you in the teeth.”

The loss sees the Blues run of four wins on the spin come to an end but the Blues boss says the Seagulls are in good league form themselves: “We’re disappointed to lose the game because we’ve been on a nice little run. But Brighton, it may have gone unnoticed by other people, they’re on a good run as well.

“I thought that if we could get an equaliser we could go on and win the game but it wasn’t to be. The second goal changed the whole complexion of the game and 3-0 flatters them.”

Brighton boss Gus Poyet was pleased to take his side’s undefeated league streak to nine games stretching back to last year: “It was a very good way of continuing with our run of being unbeaten in 2012.

“I think in the first half there was no team which was on top of the other. But I think we used our three or four breaks in the right way and created the better chances.

“They had the ball and they had a few shots from distance, but having said that there weren’t those kind of clear chances for them.

“In the second half we controlled the game and after the second goal it was the kind of game where you could go on and score five or six.

“It was a typical game. You have to earn the right to play and to go on and win it and I think we did that.”

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thechangingman added 18:13 - Feb 25
COYB!!!!
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thechangingman added 18:17 - Feb 25
I think even the most pessimistic Town fan knows that we're safe this season (to say the least!!)
So, it's time to experiment, work with the team, get rid of any dead wood and ENJOY the games we have.
We've learnt a LOT this season and losing away to BHA carries no shame whatsoever.
Onwards and upwards boys.

COYB!!!
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casanovacrow added 18:27 - Feb 25
cant win them all, away against a team with unbeaten run this year was always going to be a tough ask.

No stupid reflex actions Jeweller
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martleshamitfc added 18:34 - Feb 25
With all due respect we should be where Brighton are in the league table and Brighton where we are, but that's football! I agree with above, time now to build for next season and let's hope PJ has learnt that young players are much hungrier than loan players and older experienced has-beens!
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Mark added 18:37 - Feb 25
Oh well, Brighton away is a tough game for anyone and it sounds like we played well apart from the defence, so after four straight wins I am not going to be too downbeat.

On the radio they seemed to hint that Leadbitter should come in to replace Hyam next weekend, but to me that sounds a very bad idea! Let's stick with what we have been doing and I am sure we can get 3 points next weekend.
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Sindre94 added 18:39 - Feb 25
ffs lads! cant we have some consistency soon?
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wessextractorboy added 18:42 - Feb 25
We cant keep playing Lee-Barret. He has cost us dearly. Plenty of better keepers sat on a Premier league bench.
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TownOnTheUp added 18:45 - Feb 25
Hyam's been looking a little tired having had this run of games, so maybe Leadbitter might be a good option for a game or two, or Bullard, or maybe Stevenson. The problem with all three of those is that they're not straight swap for Hyam, being much more attacking players. Maybe a little bit of a dilemma there for Jewell.

Personally, I have no real problems with losing, although I felt a point might have been fairer, considering some of our play. Ultimately Brighton punished us though, and we can have no complaints. One thing I would have liked to see, however, is Carson on the bench. JET was a little anonymous, and I think it would have been nice to make that change.

Onwards and upwards though. Bristol City, here we come.
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jas0999 added 18:46 - Feb 25
Unfortunately, that may be the case PJ but we still lost 0-3; and not for the first time this season we have conceeded three or more goals - (I have lost count). The reason? Simple: PJ failed to address the keeper and CB positions in the Summer. Smith and Delaney have done well at times, but overall this season we have simply conceeded too many goals.

I agree that four straight wins was very good - but sadly this is not representative of a season as a whole. We have LOST 53% of all games this season - a very very poor record. In addition, it was ME's team talk before the WH game that started the ball rolling with recent results.

I still think we have potential, but I am sorry I do not believe PJ is the man to lead us forward. He won't get us relegated, but he won't be pushing for promotion either. Jewell's team is not good enough. PJ will year on year deliver mid-table or slightly below. Some will be happy with that. Some will not. It will be interesting to see season ticket sales. I predict they will be down by a third.

The bottom line is we are going into March 16th in the table - which is where we deserve to be after losing an unacceptable 50% of our league games (53% in all competition). Too many teams have thrashed us this season. Not good enough I am afraid.
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TimmyH added 18:47 - Feb 25
@Sindre94 - 4 winning games for Ipswich is consistant! we were never going to keep winning, the most important thing is how we react after this game, to lose again and we're almost back to square one and this is generally how we have been performing this year (but worse). 'Consistancy' is not a word you would describe our past 4/5 seasons. Bristol City game could prove just this.
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TractorBoy666 added 18:51 - Feb 25
Why did we bring Leadcrapper, i do not know. Bullard was the one for me. Brighton are a good side and i think we deserved better. Good job Blackpool beat Bristol City though. Heads up lads!
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Garv added 18:55 - Feb 25
Think it was Stu Watson that said that Hyam hadn't touched the ball 15-20 minutes in. I wasn't there but what was wrong with him? Brighton too quick for him in midfield? Or was he not that bad in truth?

Absolutely gutted because 3-0 looks a really bad scoreline, but judging from Jewell's comments and those above me it wasn't that bad a day? Disappointing that we couldn't get a goal having scored 12 goals in 4 games previously.
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Tractamatt added 18:56 - Feb 25
I think maybe that now is the time for carson to prove his worth but we don't want any major changes this was always a game we could have lost.I 'm a little bit concerned at the lack of activity in the loan market maybe one or two of our players getting a little over confident in thier places in the team
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TractorBoy666 added 18:58 - Feb 25
@Jas We can't win every game. There was always going to be a time we slipped up. Your underestimating Jewell after a game that we could of easily got a point out of. I do agree though, that we do need a new keeper.
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Mark added 19:06 - Feb 25
> PJ will year on year deliver mid-table or slightly below.

How do you know that? He is one of very few managers to get two teams promoted to the Premier League and the team is looking better now than when he took over and is higher in the league, even if the improvements haven't yet been as much as we would all like. It's a long term job though and at least he can say that all four of the players he paid a fee for (Cresswell, Drury, Emmanuel-Thomas and Chopra) are doing well. Stevenson too, once he gets fit, could well come good.
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fourth added 19:08 - Feb 25
This is a turning point

Will the players on the pitch and management sort it out?

The radio commentary gave us to believe, some 15 minutes from the end that we could "get a result"

I'm sure they believed that. It was honest.

But we lost 3-0. So. Why?

Is it the players or the system?
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pennblue added 19:08 - Feb 25
We were not the better side in the first half, this is absolute nonsense. We were extremely lucky to go in only 1-0 down after some more suicidal defending. Really, how these central pair cannot get goal side of a striker is beyond me, it really is stuff a Sunday league pub Centre Half should know, let alone a Championship player. Delaney's distribution was poor, Lee-Barrat and the Central defenders were arguing with each other, the defence is still a complete shambles, as is the goalkeeper who is just not confident enough.

We did have a few good attacks and were unlucky to get at least one goal, but Brighton could have had 5 or 6 quite easily.

I learned nothing knew about the team today, but I am more concerned with PJ's comments, as he was not watching the game I was watching.
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bluelady added 19:09 - Feb 25
Jas why why why when we win do you take ages to post and when we loose you are one of the first? Shame the run had to end, shame it was by three but heads up and back to winning ways next sat! COYB.
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Wickets added 19:25 - Feb 25
2 big mistakes per game ALB sometimes they cost us,like 2day,sometimes we get away with it as we did in previous 2 games.We would all take 4 wins out of 5 games but we must get a quality keeper for next season.
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bluearmy4life added 19:26 - Feb 25
I chuckled to myself reading Jas's comments on ME Getting the ball rolling on the four excellent resullts we had prior to Brighton. HA HA Very funny. Sounds like we had large parts of domination through out the game, but you can't win them all.
I can see us beating Bristol City quite comftable 3-0. Just be good to finish season as high as possible with our intentions for success next season. We should be pushing for the play-offs next season that would be a success. Onwards and upwards.
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warksonwater added 19:26 - Feb 25
A reality check for those who thought we might be storming into the play-offs. Need to bounce back next week especially with having two away toughies after that. Let's just reach top half and have something to build on next seaon.
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dommyboyblue added 19:53 - Feb 25
To be honest winning streak is at the end, it is how we bounce back. Look at West Ham got beaten 5-1 and then got back to winning ways, so lets see how this team react.

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alprimo added 20:31 - Feb 25
@pennblue - Where you there today? We were the better team first half - there goal was good although I thought Cresswell shoudld the ball to Buckley. I live in Brighton so this was the fist time I have seen us play this year but thought we knocked the ball around well and looked a good team apart from the final third. Apart from first 20ish mins JET was non existent but we will do well net year. We are better than brighton just need to tighten up at the back.
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purplealien added 20:39 - Feb 25
My first match this season although I listen to every commentary on Ipswich World. I live just two miles from the Amex Stadium, so I was really looking forward to this one. What a disappointment!

I don't claim to be an expert (like some on here) but here are some random thoughts from the game:

I thought it was "even-stevens" in centre midfield, but Brighton made much better use of the width of the pitch. Always two men hugging the touchline. I was disappointed by our wide play in general. JET doesn't move does he?

Our movement off the ball wasn't as good as theirs; and neither was our closing down. When we had the ball we didn't break fast enough.

Despite all that, we should have scored at least one. Chops and Martin looked sharp. Edwards looked dangerous when he came forward (not often enough). Both teams looked shakey at the back.

Unfortunately Buckley had the beating of Cresswell which led to the first goal, and Delaney and Smith just couldn't cope with the movement of their strikers. Lee-Barrett looks out of his depth.

In the end, they wanted it more.

Now I'm going to drown my sorrows!




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StowTractorBoy added 20:40 - Feb 25
3-0 certainly does not reflect the difference between the two teams. In the first half we did look a good side with good shape and looked the most likely to score. Cresswell was not at his best today and against the run of play completely lost Buckley for the 1st goal. Buckley duly crossed and MacKail Smith found space in the box and made the finish look easy. I still thought we had enough in us to equalise but as so often happens even though attacking our fantastic support we did not come out for the second half. The second goal was a shocking error by Lee-Barrett who was guilty of an awful kick out. Please Mr. Jewell do not play this guy again as he is always an accident waiting to happen. He got away with it last week but his luck ran out today and in my opinion cost us the match as we looked beaten at 2-0. Hyam was off colour today and still not sure about the central defensive pairing as two left footed players in that position does not work in the long term. Murphy today was non existant and deserved to be substitued but of course when you make a couple of substitutions you can lose your shape and this we did. Thought the stadium was excellent and ITFC could take a lesson from Brighton on how to build up to the kick off. Their presentation makes ours look poor in comparison. Despite doubts from JAS and I must admit I had them in the past I think PJ can provide us with a decent team next season. Today was a disappointment but Brighton are unbeaten in the league in 2012 and certainly have momentum.
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