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Jewell: Players Won't Get Carried Away
Jewell: Players Won't Get Carried Away
Saturday, 15th Jan 2011 09:12

Blues boss Paul Jewell says he doesn’t believe his players will get carried away after Wednesday’s 1-0 Carling Cup semi-final first leg defeat of Arsenal. The 46-year-old begins his Town reign today when the Blues face Millwall at the Den.

Jewell said: “I think it’s important not to get too carried away with one performance. The players’ feet are firmly on the ground, but it’s really important to take positive stuff from the game.

“The players showed terrific character after being beaten heavily at Chelsea. To put in a performance like that against Arsenal shows character and determination. They’ve got it, but they’ve got to produce it again. We’ve got to be positive, but keep our feet on the floor.”

The Liverpudlian was delighted with the “terrific” display against Arsene Wenger’s men but says the team have set themselves high standards for future games: “The only problem with that is that they’ve set the benchmark now and they’ve got to try and do that every week.

“They’ve proved they can do it against one of the best teams in Europe, so we’ve got to try and do that again for the next 20-odd league games.”

Jewell paid tribute to Roy Keane’s exiting coaches, who masterminded the Arsenal performance: “Great credit has to go to Charlie McParland and Tony Loughlan, who prepared the team very well for that game on Wednesday. Along with the players they came up with a game plan and they deserve great credit and showed great professionalism.

“When you play under lights in front of 30,000 at home in a cup competition, people will always tell you that you get energy that you didn’t think you had the week before.

“We want to try and transpose that into our league games, play at a good tempo and I think the most important thing is to play with confidence and belief.”

Jewell says that for the moment, he and the players aren’t thinking about the second leg: “The Emirates isn’t on the radar at the minute. We’ve got Millwall and we’ve got Doncaster to play before then. I’m pretty sure there won’t be any resting on laurels.

“The players know there’s a new manager here and will be trying to impress me. I certainly hope that’s the case. It isn’t as if they came in [on Friday] morning whooping and hollering about how good they were on Wednesday. They know how hard they worked and how hard they’ve got to work in future games.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Colin Healy is determined to establish himself in the side after playing an important role in the victory over Arsenal: "I want to prove to myself that I can still play at this level. I played for two years back in Ireland, got my confidence up, came to Ipswich and didn't really kick on.

"Now I've got a few games under my belt and there's nothing worse than sitting up in the stand, watching the game. You want to be involved, but it's all about hard work isn't it?"

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imalwayswrong added 09:31 - Jan 15
Come on town, play like you did against the arse in every game and we do stand chance of making play offs.

The budgies should worry now, whatever the season holds, punishing them for the carrot road game is important


Blue4life added 09:31 - Jan 15
Good Luck Town!!! If u play like you did against arsenal the like millwall say we fear no foe! Colin healy you had a cracker against arsenal, you got the assist and broke up play and had to run around all night with the likes of fabregas and keeping him out the game. Great performance from ya lets see it again n again.

COYB!! Big Fat Pauls BARMY ARMY!

slowerball added 09:41 - Jan 15
I thought Colin Healy was outstanding against Arsenal; he closed down, he harried and put in a good shift. He looks lean and lively at the moment. He's hungry for a return to maybe not where he once was - once upon a time, but certainly approaching that. He's got good experience - all the very best to him.

We need competition for places and its up to the players to prove to the new manager that they are worth a place.


wisebluey added 09:43 - Jan 15


hogster1970 added 10:18 - Jan 15
my god even just readin pauls preview makes me happy, he talks so posivitly its unreal but alos alot of snse, why did we have to wait for 2 years for one of these, some come on boys a win or even a draw will do , stay up play well well and thrash the budgies at portman road and i will be a happy season ticket holder.

Garv added 10:57 - Jan 15
Agreed hogster- carling cup champs, survival from relegation, but hopefully further up the table, a bit of promise for next season and a win against the scum and ill be happy.

bobble added 11:13 - Jan 15
some of them will oh shinyone and you know it in your heart and soul

dirtydingusmagee added 11:17 - Jan 15
Really hope it go's well today,PJ has got things buzzing, hope the team are lifted like the fans ,a win, ugly or not today will be great .COYB

bobble added 12:17 - Jan 15
no more ugly magee those days are gone only beautiful gorgeous sexy wins for town.had a look at the map and readjusted my views of their chances none 4-1 to town

TractorBeezer added 14:36 - Jan 15
Come on lads. Paul obviously sees that you are good players.We're behind you and you can do it again today!

Back_The_Boss added 17:42 - Jan 15
2-1 defeat against Millwall, Come on lads Donny is a big'un now!

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