Jewell praises Ipswich spirit

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Ipswich boss Paul Jewell was disappointed with his side's defensive display but pleased with their spirit after they came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Middlesbrough at Portman Road.

Grant Leadbitter gave Town a sixth minute lead but two goals in two minutes just before the break from Andy Halliday and Scott McDonald gave Boro a 2-1 lead at half-time. Andrew Taylor extended the lead before a Connor Wickham header and a 76th-minute Leadbitter penalty salvaged a point for the Tractor Boys.

"From a defensive point of view, it wasn't a very good night but from a character point of view I'm happy," Jewell said. "You'd take a point all day long at 3-1 down but when it got to 3-3 I was a little disappointed that we didn't go on to win."


He added: "We started well but two mistakes let them back in it. We looked so nervous and it could have finished 7-7. It was end to end and both teams looked like they could score. Our keeper made two vital saves at 3-1 down and their keeper made three great saves at 3-3.

"Our two centre-halves have been brilliant since I've been here but it wasn't their best night. Their strikers caused them a lot of problems. I'm not here to knock them, though, because the whole team have been smashing."

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray was satisfied to come away with a point despite his side surrendering a two-goal lead.

Mowbray said: "I can only praise my players. Would I have taken a point before the game? Probably.

"Saturday's match was very intense and took a lot out of the team. We're very, very stretched at the moment but thankfully in the last four or five weeks we've managed to pick up some decent results.

"We're ticking along now and want to start looking upwards rather than over our shoulders. We want to finish as high as possible and start building momentum for next season.

"We tired at the death but great credit to Ipswich who refused to be beaten. There were six goals and there could easily have been 12. Both teams are safe from relegation now and perhaps that's why they both went attacking."

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