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Jewell turns his Ipswich thoughts to promotion next season

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell saw his team defeat relegated Preston 2-1 at Portman Road then revealed he was already planning a promotion push for next season. "We're just glad the season's out of the way and we can start the job of putting a team together that's serious about challenging.

"There are no guarantees but the last few weeks have shown that we're quite a way from where we want to be.

"We got to a stage where the game should have been won but then didn't go on to kill them off. We didn't show a killer instinct and that's something we've got to have. It's one of the areas we need to improve on next season.

"Give Preston credit, they played well in the second half and pushed us back but from our point of view we have to do better.

"It's nice to get the victory and we were depleted. We were playing with a few square pegs in round holes.

"Winning the game was the most important thing but it would have been really good for the fans, who have been great all season, to put on a decent performance.

"At half-time we were 2-0 up and cruising but you never get the feeling with this team that we're going to win comfortably."

Preston boss Phil Brown admitted his team need to get out of the habit of losing games.

He said: "We lost the game and that's a habit we need to get out of our system as quickly as possible. But in the main, I was quite pleased with individual performances.

"It was a big day for the kids making their debuts and it was a big day for me, too, because at 2-0 down you're facing an uphill task.

"But fortunately we caused a lot of problems for them in the second half and I thought one or two of my players were sensational.

"I've said I don't want to finish bottom of this league and we can still catch Scunthorpe, if we beat Watford next Saturday."

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