Ipswich Town need to keep composed - manager Paul Jewell

Paul Jewell
Jewell has previously led Bradford City and Wigan Athletic to the top flight of English football

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has called for his players not to be too downbeat after their draw at Cardiff.

The Blues drew 2-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium to make it 11 points from their last five games.

"I want us to be disappointed but in the cold light of day that point could be vital," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"We're not going to win every game and we're not going to play well all the time but we're doing OK."

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Jewell has turned fortunes around at Portman Road after a shaky start to the season - including a 7-1 reverse at Peterborough and a 5-2 defeat at home by Southampton - left them with six points from six matches.

However, the former Wigan and Derby boss is looking at the long-term project.

"We're all impatient and no one more so than me but if it takes a couple of years to get somewhere and make progress then that's better than getting up when you are not ready for it," he added.

"It takes time, Rome wasn't built in a day."

Town take on Portsmouth at home on Tuesday and former Pompey defender Ibrahima Sonko has been reflecting on his frustrating time at Fratton Park.

"It wasn't the best of times. I was in and out of the team a lot and sometimes not even figuring on the bench," he said.

"I was upset to be left out and I loved everyone there, they were very good to me, but it didn't work out."

The former Reading man is enjoying a much more profitable spell in East Anglia and is relishing playing alongside old Stoke City colleague Danny Collins.

"We are good friends off the pitch and on the pitch he is not scared of telling me how he feels about things," he added.

"I'm a bit more peaceful but we work well together."

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