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Jewell: Even the Best Have Lean Spells in Front of Goal
Saturday, 22nd Sep 2012 10:38

Town’s failure to take their chances in their last two games has been a big frustration for Blues boss Paul Jewell, but he says even top players have lean spells in front of goal.

Recalling his playing days at Anfield, he said: “You see goalscorers sometimes and they can’t buy a goal. Top, top strikers.

“I remember being an apprentice at Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish couldn’t score. I remember us doing a training session where we were squaring balls for Kenny to hit into an open net, and I’m talking about from seven yards. Out about 50 he hit around two in.

“It happens to the best in the world and once he got one in a game he went on.

"He was a fantastic player but that’s the situation for strikers, they go on runs. Something needs to fall for one of our strikers or one of our players and I feel the team will move on from there.

“It’s not going to just happen for us, we’ve got to make it happen and the way you make it happen is not to be frightened of getting in there.

"Don’t be frightened of missing. It’s not nice to miss, but if you don’t put yourself in positions to miss chances, you definitely won’t score them.”

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minesapint added 10:54 - Sep 22
I've been supporting Town for a very long time and I've seen quality strikers lose their scoring touch. I remember Paul Mariner having a nightmare spell in which he couldn't hit a barn door, but his contribution to the team was such that Bobby Robson continued to select him. Both David Johnsons had barren periods from time to time. Sooner or later Copra will make a few unfortunate teams pay for his current inability to find the net.
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minesapint added 10:56 - Sep 22
So will Chopra.
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ipswich61 added 11:28 - Sep 22
even the best have lean spell's in front of goal? jewell wake up we aint the best
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thebeat added 11:41 - Sep 22
so kenny dalglish had 50 shots at goal from 7 yards and put 2 in?
you cant help yourself can you jewell, you lie for a living!!
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Garv added 12:00 - Sep 22
I don't get all this nonsense about Chopra. He's gone two games without a goal. What's the fuss?

This season he has 2 goals in 6 games, which is not a bad start. Obviously, ideally we would like to see him scoring a goal every 2/2.5 games but we are still in the very early stages. Let's give him a chance shall we and judge him after 15 or so games.
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NoelTheDub added 12:27 - Sep 22
Very simple play someone up with him, his record is not bad for a striker thats isolated on his own most of the time..
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alliedaz added 12:33 - Sep 22
no excuses plz lets face facts we are struggling big time and if the strikers aint scoring who will coz midfield and defenders aint helping
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TimmyH added 12:36 - Sep 22
Is he referring to Chopra as the 'best'?- if so unfortunately I've got news for you Mr Jewell he isn't, even when we bought him I felt his best days were behind him. He went through a lean spell last season and if he get's anywhere near 30 goals this season I'll attempt to eat my right leg off!
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greyhound added 16:41 - Sep 22
How can anyone read that headline and translate it to jewell thinks copra is the best and is struggling at the moment. All he is swing is every player no matter what standard has dry spells. We need to back the players at least if we're throwing the towel in on the manager

P.s has no one told jimmy that he doesn't need to show up any more? He seems to get in every photo like this
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runningout added 18:41 - Sep 22
Can YOU translate that??
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