Ipswich duo disciplined
Ipswich boss Paul Jewell confirmed Jimmy Bullard and Michael Chopra have been disciplined, while Derek McInnes rued Bristol City's 3-0 defeat.
Last Updated: 03/03/12 8:03pm
Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has confirmed Jimmy Bullard and Michael Chopra have been disciplined by the club after an unauthorised night out in Newcastle.
The duo arrived 20 minutes late for training with the Tractor Boys on Thursday following their evening out in the North East on Wednesday.
Blues boss Jewell was left infuriated by their antics but opted for different punishments for his high-profile stars, which he outlined in the wake of Saturday's 3-0 win over Bristol City.
Bullard, who had his contract at previous club Hull terminated by mutual consent, has been suspended for a fortnight while Chopra - who bagged the opener against the Robins - has been fined two weeks' wages.
"They were in places they shouldn't have been at times they shouldn't have been," Jewell said. "What I've got to try and do is the best thing for the team and the club.
"I had a decision to make and have dealt with it.
"They're both guilty of the same crime and people may question why they've been treated differently but, in my view, that's the best way to deal with it.
"One thing I've learnt about football management is that you can't treat everyone the same. It's all about getting the best out of people and the best out of the team.
"Jimmy loves playing football and training so I decided maybe the best way for him to learn, or to punish him, was to suspend him.
"He'll be devastated that we've taken that away from him for two weeks.
"This is the first time I've ever had a problem with him. I can only speak as I find but he's let himself and his team-mates down.
"Chops has well-documented problems and I thought a suspension might be counter-productive, both for the team and for Michael."
Jewell admitted that the rest of his squad were "extremely unhappy" with their team-mates' behaviour, but there was no sign of any issue during Saturday's match.
Chopra fired his side into a first-half lead with his sixth goal in six games by heading in Lee Martin's cross.
Tommy Smith headed their second midway through the second half and Andy Drury lashed in the third from 25 yards.
"From start to finish we played at a good tempo and created numerous opportunities," Jewell added. "My only concern at half-time was that they were still in the game and we should have put it to bed.
"But the whole team, from back to front, was really good."
Robins boss Derek McInnes said: "Clearly the best team won. Ipswich were the better team in the first half and we were fortunate to only be 1-0 down.
"But we kept their better players quiet in the second half, got the ball forward quicker and the game was more evenly poised.
"It was a case of whoever scored the second goal. When Ipswich got it, it was always going to be difficult for us.
"One point from six games is poor form from our point of view and we need to generate confidence and belief."