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Portman Road (ATT 16,540) 19th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Scott

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

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Jewell bemoans Town errors

Last Updated: 19/09/12 11:40pm

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Paul Jewell: Unhappy with forwards and defenders

Paul Jewell: Unhappy with forwards and defenders

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell blamed errors at either end as his side suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves.

Tommy Smith's calamitous own goal and a second from Wolves substitute Tongo Doumbia left Ipswich second from bottom in the npower Championship table with five points from six games.

It would have been a different story, though, had the hosts taken their chances and not made such basic errors for the goals.

"We're not just missing half-chances - they're gilt-edged opportunities," said Jewell.

"We were the better side but we were wasteful, just as we had been on Saturday (a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough).

"If we'd got the first goal, the confidence would have flowed.

"Instead, we're edgy and there's no easy way out of the situation we're in.

"That's life and that's football, but as manager I take full responsibility."

Jewell was equally despondent about the goals his side conceded.

Smith put through his own net after 68 minutes following a free-kick from the left by Bakary Sako.

The ball flashed over a cluster of players, hit Smith on the foot and then ricocheted off his arm past helpless goalkeeper Scott Loach.

The knife was twisted 10 minutes later when Doumbia drilled home from 20 yards.

"They didn't have to work for their goals and we're getting punished for any little errors at the moment," said Jewell.

"The first goal was comedy capers and small margins can become huge chasms in football.

"If you don't do the little things - things like closing down, getting blocks in and being in the right areas - you won't win matches."

Town's best chances in the first half fell to Lee Martin, who was twice denied by Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.

Daryl Murphy then screwed horribly wide from eight yards out soon after the restart.

Wolves went close before their goals, especially when Kevin Doyle volleyed against a post after good work by Bjorn Sigurdarson.

Boss Stale Solbakken said: "We were pleased to win our first away match of the season.

"It was hard work and could have gone either way.

"In the first half both teams were very organised. There were few chances and it was hard for both sides to open each other up.

"In the second half there were a lot more chances, though.

"The Ipswich defender (Smith) was very unlucky (with the own goal) but we haven't had much luck so far so maybe it was our turn today."

Solbakken was pleased for Mali international Doumbia, who signed in July.

"He's still getting used to the English game and that's why he was on the bench tonight," he said.

"But he came on and made a decisive impact."

The Wolves boss was also pleased with another of his new recruits, Sigurdarson.

"It was his first game in this league," he said.

"He started very well in pre-season and then he's had some niggly injury problems. He hasn't been able to train properly but got his chance tonight and he'll get another chance in the future."

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell blamed errors at either end as his side suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves.