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Jewell encouraged by Town spirit

3 October 2012

Under-fire Ipswich manager Paul Jewell praised his players' spirit after they picked up a well-earned point in a 1-1 draw against high-flying Brighton at the Amex.

Daryl Murphy fired the lowly Tractor Boys into the lead in the first half, but Will Buckley struck from close range with 10 minutes to go to ensure the points were shared.

Town have now gone seven league games without a win but Jewell insists the togetherness in the squad will help to eventually turn the club's fortunes around, and said: "We're disappointed not to have got the three points after leading for so long but they are a good team and very difficult to stop. We frustrated them and kept our shape very well."

He went on: "We should have gone two up in the second half and been out of sight right after half-time, but if you don't kill sides like Brighton off when you get the chance, they will come back and hurt you.

"We've conceded a lot from set plays this season and we have taken a lot of flak, but the lads have shown that the spirit is still there. We have the togetherness in the squad to turn the bad run around."

Brighton boss Gus Poyet admitted he is growing increasingly frustrated by the defensive tactics adopted by the majority of visitors to the Amex.

The Uruguayan believes the Seagulls' blistering start to the season encouraged Ipswich to adopt a deep-lying system which stifled his team's free-flowing approach.

He said: "I'm starting to think everybody is rating us higher than we are. They rate us as a top team in this division and come here with a plan, to nick a goal and defend.

"That makes us put in all the effort. It becomes all about us and you need quality for that. But we need to get used to that because it is going to be the plan for every team that comes to the Amex.

"I can't ask for more. We took risks, we played with one defender and went for the win. It worked for Birmingham and it nearly worked for Ipswich, so credit to them."

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