Ipswich manager Paul Jewell praised his side for a vastly-improved second-half performance in their 1-0 victory against Burnley.

The npower Championship rivals produced a scrappy, error-ridden first period at Portman Road. But Michael Chopra popped up with the only goal 10 minutes after the break to make it five straight home wins for the Blues, who triumphed despite Grant Leadbitter's red card, and have now lost only once in 10 games.

Jewell said: "The first half was scrappy and we just couldn't pass the ball. But in the second I thought we were excellent."

He added: "We created a lot of chances, played with a lot of energy and quality and it should have been more than 1-0. I can't remember them having too many opportunities in the second half, if any at all, and the final score definitely flattered them."

Jewell laughed off talk of his side making a late surge for the play-offs despite his side sitting just nine points shy of the top six.

"I've said all along that we're taking it one game at a time," he said. "We don't want the season to peter out but we're not even thinking about anything other than Watford on Saturday."

Burnley boss Eddie Howe felt his side were in the ascendancy at half-time, only to let their standards slip after the break.

"I felt confident at half-time that we could go out and cause them more problems," he said. "But the second half was really disappointing and we didn't get going. We lacked our usual spark and zip and looked flat.

"Ipswich deservedly won the game because we were well below par in the second half, which was hugely frustrating. We've had a lot of games with a small squad, but we're better than that.

"It's rare for us to be that poor in the second half and we've got to get back to scoring goals and creating chances. That's a concern. We were free-scoring earlier in the season and need to get back to that."