Ipswich Town must 'use' West Ham win - Paul Jewell

Paul Jewell

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has challenged his side to build on their impressive 5-1 win over Championship leaders West Ham.

Town sealed a first win in eight games to climb two places to 19th and now prepare for the visit of Middlesbrough.

"What it means is we go into Saturday's game with confidence," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"We've got to try and use this win and try and get a result in a really tough game at the weekend."

Jewell opted to hand Michael Chopra his first start in five games, replacing Jason Scotland in a lone forward role.

And the summer signing from Cardiff opened the scoring at Portman Road, netting his eighth goal of the season.

"He's looked sharp in training the last week or so," said Jewell.

"Jason can consider himself unlucky because he's done well in that role.

"I just tossed and turned last night and thought, 'Chops, I've got a good feeling'. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you get it wrong."

Town's celebrations were tempered slightly by their failure to make any last-minute signings on transfer deadline day.

Jewell had hoped to secure the services of Portsmouth trio Jason Pearce, Stephen Henderson and Joel Ward.

"It's been very disappointing that things haven't fallen into place," he said.

"I'm so tired of phone calls and emails, speaking to agents, speaking to chief executives, speaking to the talking clock.

"I left the house at five o'clock knowing that we had agreed deals with the club but we couldn't agree personal terms."

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