Sturrock: 'Impressed by Kalala'; Jewell: 'Shrimpers better side for 2nd half'
Southend United 1 Ipswich Town 1: Both managers had a quick say after the Shrimpers latest pre-season friendly with Championship Ipswich Town that ended all square, and which they could agree on one thing, the home side bossed the second half! Sturrock: 'I will be talking to the two trailists in the next couple of days A game of two halves for the Shrimpers faithful in the crowd at Roots Hall Friday evening, and at the moment it's a couple of tweets that bring the home view, with Luggy happy with one trialist, but concerned with a season-long loanee, while Bomber is happy with his new mate. Sturrock informed Echoman Chris Phillips after the game: 'Pleased with second half and impressed by Kalala. Will be having a chat with N'diaye and stressed he must change the way he plays.' Followed up by a quick comment from the scorer Neil Harris who had the excitable, but always unpredictable, Bilel Mohsni for company in the second period. Harris said: 'We set our standard in the second half and I enjoyed playing alongside Bilel.' Jewell: 'It was like chalk and cheese really' Tractor Boys manager Paul Jewell was in a far more talkative mood and agreed that while his team could have had a bigger lead in the first 45, after the break it was a completely different story. Jewell told www.itfc.co.uk: “In the first half I thought we played very well. We had a little look at a different system that we might play next season in certain games. In the first half hour we were certainly very good. In the second, it was like chalk and cheese really, it was a disappointing performance in the second half but these pre-season games are all about getting fit.” It seems that second half come downs were a habit of Ipswich Town's over the last campaign, one that saw bitter rivals Norwich, who the Shrimpers take on at Roots Hall next Thursday, promoted to the Premiership. However, credit to the former Bradford City manager who accepted the improvement of the home side in the later period of the game. Jewell continued: “It’s a trait of ours that we had last season that we’ve got to put right – when we come under a bit of pressure we give possession away too cheaply. They made the pitch big, whereas in the first half we were in complete control of the game. In the second half we didn’t start off right and if you don’t start off right it’s always going to be difficult. It was a decent tempo, fair play to Southend, they were the better team for periods of the second half. We had a couple of chances which we should have scored but we didn’t. These pre-season games you can get false aspirations one way or the other, but I think we all know we’re at least a couple of players short.”
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