Portman Road

Next Game

Ipswich v Charlton

Tuesday, 30 December 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Griffin Park

Last Game

Brentford 2 - 4 Ipswich

Friday, 26 December 2014, 13:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Ipswich v Bristol Rov reaction

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell hailed the "hunger, effort and desire" of his side after they fought back from behind to beat Bristol Rovers 3-1.

Last Updated: 15/08/12 at 11:06

Jewell: Praise for his side

Jewell: Praise for his side

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Michael Smith gave the Pirates the lead but Jason Scotland, Tommy Smith and Aaron Cresswell responded for the hosts, who also missed a penalty through Michael Chopra.

Jewell was delighted with his side's performance and praised their recent efforts, also taking into account the pre-season friendly victories against West Ham and Colchester United.

"If the players keep showing the same hunger, effort and desire I won't be able to ask for more," he said.

"We might be lacking in certain departments and in terms of experience, but we're not lacking in endeavour.

"It's easy for heads to go down after falling behind but we didn't let that happen.

"We showed character and spirit.

"We've got players who enjoy passing the ball and playing at the tempo we want to play at and it was a very important start to the season.

"Bristol Rovers made it difficult for us and had lots of the ball.

"But we dominated the whole match, if I'm honest.

"We didn't do enough with the ball in the first half but in the second we took the game to them.

"We had some great opportunities and could have won by more."

Jewell is still hoping to add to his squad before Saturday's Championship curtain-raiser at home to Blackburn.

"It's been a really frustrating few weeks," he said.

"We've thought we've had deals tied up and then things have happened.

"What could have gone wrong, has gone wrong but we've just got to be patient."

Rovers boss Mark McGhee had no complaints after the defeat, saying: "It was a fair result.

"We were containing them and felt 'maybe' as long as it was 1-1.

"But they were always the more likely team to score.

"My lads take an awful amount of credit, though.

"We were playing with a team that's not quite complete, with a left-back at centre-half.

"There were all kinds of things that might not be obvious on the surface that we can take away and build on.

"We came with a shape, to make sure Ipswich didn't get behind us and did that very well.

"But although we defended well and very resolutely, we weren't able to push them back enough and ran out of energy.

"At the moment we don't have any attacking strength and that's something we hope to put right by Saturday.

"We're hoping to sign three more players by then."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property