Ipswich come from behind in defeat of Brighton

All the goals came in the second-half at Portman Road as Ipswich fell behind to early Championship pacesetters Brighton before recovering to record a 3-1 win.

Boss Paul Jewell hailed Michael Chopra after the striker's brace.

"Chops is a clever player with a great touch and great awareness and he doesn't hide," said Jewell.

"He's still been working hard and contributing, even though he hasn't scored for a while, and I think you could see that the whole club was really pleased for him.

"Hopefully he can go on a scoring run now."

"Both teams played well and tried to play football the right way," added Jewell.

"When we went a goal down after dominating the first half, we would have lost earlier in the season.

"Now there's a bit more belief and resilience in our side and within the whole club.

"When you go a goal down in the second half you start to fear the worst, but the crowd lifted the players and they responded.

"I'd rather not go a goal behind but in two of our last three home games we've shown our character to come back from behind.

"The irony, though, is that we had fewer chances in the second half and scored three goals."

Brighton counterpart Gus Poyet made no excuses for his teams display.

"We were second best," he said.

"We weren't physically, mentally or technically strong enough and when you're second best, you've got no chance.

"We started the second half well. It was more open, we were a bit more brave and scored a quality goal.

"But we couldn't keep it up and you should never let Chopra in on his right foot. There are no ifs or buts. It's Chopra and everyone knows him.

"I hate losing and the next couple of weeks will be long. There's plenty to do and plenty of decisions to make, because we've got to stop this.

"I will analyse a few things. I didn't expect that to be the case after the last two games, there are things to correct.

"I may have to look at making new signings because we need a bit more power and presence, although they need to be the right players."

 
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