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Jewell oversees first game for Ipswich with defeat

New Ipswich boss Paul Jewell saw his charges take an early lead at Millwall but finally go down 2-1 at The Den. Jewell was pleased to be back in football management if not the overall result.

Jewell said: "It's great to be back but it's not great to get beaten. You can't fault the effort of the players but we were a bit anxious in possession and the goal just before half-time changed things.

"If you go into half time 1-0 you have something to hold onto. We are trying to play balls too quick but I've only had a day of training with them so we'll work on it.

"The fact they played Wednesday and Sunday at Chelsea and Wednesday did come into my consideration but they were on such a high that they wanted to play so I don't think we can use fatigue as an excuse.

"We're disappointed with conceding the goal late in the first half and their second goal looked offside so we're disappointed."

On his immediate task of steering the Tractor Boys away from the relegation places, he added: "We've got to pick up some points quickly. We've got a lot of cup finals coming up, not just the Carling Cup.

"We need to improve in all areas but that doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom. We just need a bit more quality. We're just panicking a bit and we need to get over the fear factor of losing games."

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett was delighted with his players' commitment after what he felt was a deserved win.

Jackett said: "Every win is a good win but the commitment of the players was terrific and I felt that despite a few hairy moments, we deserved to win the game.

"We conceded against the run of play and Ipswich are a good defensive team and they showed that against Arsenal and again against us.

"For us they were hard to break down and that makes it an even better win so I'm pleased.

"It was a key goal by Danny Schofield because we started well and had chances but we wobbled after their goal so that goal not only brought us back in to the game but gave the players and supporters a lot of encouragement for the second half."

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