Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell will bolster leaky defence

Paul Jewell
Jewell's side have conceded six goals against Nottingham Forest this season

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has said he will use the January transfer window to try and shore up his side's defence.

Town have conceded 47 Championship goals, the joint-second highest in the Football League, following Monday's 3-1 home loss to Nottingham Forest.

And with centre-half Danny Collins having returned to parent club Stoke, Jewell is looking for a replacement.

"It's been a priority for a while. There's a lack of quality centre-halves about," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"We've got the worst defensive record in the league and we concede soft goals."

We're in a relegation battle - Jewell

Town lined up against Forest without the suspended Ibrahima Sonko, but were able to turn to experienced pair Damien Delaney and Ivar Ingimarsson at the heart of their back four.

They were unable to stop the visitors ending their 10-hour goalscoring drought and Jewell believes Ipswich's defensive shortcomings are dragging his side into a relegation battle.

"It's not just the two central defenders because we defend and attack as a team but I think those two have to take some responsibility," the former Wigan and Derby boss continued.

"If we were three points off the play-offs we'd be saying we've got a chance of getting into the play-offs.

"We're three points off the bottom three so we realise we're in a relegation battle. I think we're easily good enough to get out of it but we won't if we defend like that."

Meanwhile, Ipswich are braced for a spell without midfielder Lee Bowyer, who was forced off in the first half with a groin problem.

"I think it's his abductor," explained Jewell. "He felt it go when he made a pass.

"He's been one of our better players of late and I'd have thought he'd be out for a couple of weeks."

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