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Ipswich boss Paul Jewell out to shock Arsenal in cup

Carling Cup semi-final, second leg: Arsenal 0-1 Ipswich
Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: Tuesday, 25 January Kick-off: 1945 GMT
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Highlights: League Cup Show on Wednesday at 2320 GMT on BBC Two & online


Jewell looks for Ipswich Cup miracle

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell has insisted his side can pull off an upset against Arsenal - but wishes Town were going into the game as favourites.

Ipswich travel to the Emirates after pulling off a shock 1-0 win over Arsene Wenger's team in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at Portman Road.

"I do not enjoy being the underdog," said former Wigan boss Jewell. "I would prefer to be the favourite.

"But if we repeat our first leg performance we can get a result."

Tamas Priskin's late winner two weeks ago puts the Tractor Boys in the driving seat going into the second leg, a game which Ipswich do not have to win to secure a place in next month's final at Wembley.

"We know we're up against it but we don't have to win it but the plan is to go there and try to win the game, like every game," he added.

"We know it is going to be extremely difficult against the form team in the league.

"They were brilliant on Saturday against Wigan and could have scored eight or nine. They are a team that can do that to you.

"We are massive underdogs but you need a lot of belief, energy and desire and a bit of luck.

Wenger relishing Ipswich test

"If the players give everything they have got and try and do what I'm getting them to do, I can't ask any more than that.

"I'll tell them to go out and enjoy it and give the supporters something to cheer about. We want to stay in the game, we do not want it to be over at half-time.

"We've got a 1-0 lead so it is exciting and hopefully the boys can go out and do themselves justice."

Meanwhile, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has warned Ipswich their resistance will eventually be broken at the Emirates.

"We have a team from the Championship coming to the Emirates and they probably won't fancy it too much but we fancy our chances and are confident we will go through," said the young Pole, who has impressed after taking his chance in goal.

"We are Arsenal and believe we can beat anybody.

"They have a one-goal advantage, which they will try to defend, but as soon as we score the first goal, it will be downhill for them.

"We just have to break them down and score as many goals as we can. We are confident we can turn this around."

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 19, who played in the first leg, believes Arsenal were guilty of underestimating their opponents at Portman Road.


"Maybe we were not expecting them to be as good," stated Wilshere. "We needed to get used to the Championship style and we know that these teams will always be up for it.

"We knew they would tackle and be tenacious but their quality was good as well - the standards are so high in that division now and if Arsenal are loaning players to these teams then it has to be a good level.

"We will have to do to Ipswich exactly what we did so well at Elland Road - go at them, get an early goal and take it from there."

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'Naive' Arsenal disappoint Wenger
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Ipswich 1-0 Arsenal
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