Jewell searches for positives
New Ipswich boss Paul Jewell was disappointed his managerial return did not end in victory.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 15/01/11 7:33pm
New Ipswich boss Paul Jewell was disappointed his return to management did not end in a win over Millwall.
Tamas Priskin gave the Tractor Boys a first-half lead but Danny Schofield's equaliser on the stroke of half-time put the home side back in the game.
Striker Steve Morison grabbed a second-half winner and the three points for the Lions.
"It's great to be back but it's not great to get beaten," said Jewell.
"You can't fault the effort of the players but we were a bit anxious in possession and the goal just before half-time changed things.
"If you go into half-time 1-0 you have something to hold onto. We are trying to play balls too quick but I've only had a day of training with them so we'll work on it.
"The fact they played Wednesday and Sunday at Chelsea and Wednesday did come into my consideration but they were on such a high that they wanted to play so I don't think we can use fatigue as an excuse.
"We're disappointed with conceding the goal late in the first-half and their second goal looked offside so we're disappointed."
On his uphill task of guiding his side, who are just three points off the Championship relegation zone, up the table, a defiant Jewell added: "We've got to pick up some points quickly. We've got a lot of cup finals coming up, not just the Carling Cup.
"We need to improve in all areas but that doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom. We just need a bit more quality. We're just panicking a bit and we need to get over the fear factor of losing games."
Millwall boss Kenny Jackett was delighted with his players' commitment and felt it was a well-deserved win.
"Every win is a good win but the commitment of the players was terrific and I felt that despite a few hairy moments, we deserved to win the game," said Jackett.
"We conceded against the run of play and Ipswich are a good defensive team and they showed that against Arsenal and again against us.
"For us they were hard to break down and that makes it an even better win so I'm pleased.
"It was a key goal by Danny Schofield because we started well and had chances but we wobbled after their goal so that goal not only brought us back in to the game but gave the players and supporters a lot of encouragement for the second-half."
In particular Jackett heaped praise on his goalscorer Morison, adding: "When a guy scores the winner I can't see how people say he hasn't had a good game.
"I was very pleased with Steve Morison's effort and application and it gave us something to hold on to.
"And you have to miss them to score. If he had put every chance away he would be on 35 goals this season which is impossible. You should never underestimate key moments like that."