Jewell pleased by attacking Town

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Ipswich boss Paul Jewell hailed his side's attacking quality after their emphatic 3-0 victory against Coventry.

The Tractor Boys have made a miserable start to the new season, losing five of their first seven matches but they put the record straight with a polished, enterprising performance and the only surprise was that they did not score more.

"The game could have been over by half-time and it was nice to put in a decent attacking performance for our supporters," Jewell said.

"We've got a lot of new players and it was never going to happen overnight, but tonight we showed what we're capable of. The players showed a lot of character and from the first whistle we closed them down, passed the ball well and created opportunities, which we haven't been doing.

"Goals change games and if they'd scored first, the boot would have been on the other foot. It's all about building confidence but we're not going to get carried away after one game. We were a little bit too open at times but at least we created opportunities and put them on the back foot."

Martin Cranie's own goal and a second from Keith Andrews put them in the driving seat within 15 minutes. And although a flurry of chances followed in the first half, it was not until midway through the second period that they added their third through Jason Scotland.

"We never got going and for 20 minutes we were still in the dressing room," said Coventry boss Andy Thorn. "Against good, experienced players you can't do that and they played really well in that period.

"Ipswich are the best side we've played this season but, having said that, that was our worst performance. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and that was disappointing because one of our strengths has been winning early battles and weathering storms.

"Going into the game we had the best defensive record, in terms of goals conceded, and that made it even more frustrating.

"We were proud of that and are disappointed by the manner in which we've let it slip, but no individuals were to blame. It's a collective thing and we all contributed to our own downfall."

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