Ipswich boss Paul Jewell is up for the battle as their poor start to the season continues to put pressure on his position.

The Tractor Boys currently sit second from bottom in the npower Championship with just a single league win this season, although back-to-back draws have given Jewell some breathing space following three successive defeats.

And after Ipswich held high-flying Brighton to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night, Jewell was quick to dampen any speculation about his future at Portman Road. "An (Ipswich) fan told me as we were getting off the coach before the match that I should resign, and I told him he was brave saying that," Jewell said.

He added: "I'm a big boy and have been around the block. That kind of talk doesn't bother me. It's clear that the players are giving everything they've got and that's all you can ask.

"Every match in the Championship is a battle. I thought we looked more compact as a team against Brighton than in previous matches and we need to maintain that against Cardiff (on Saturday)."

Town have now gone seven league games without a win but Jewell insists the togetherness in the squad will help to eventually turn the club's fortunes around.

He said: "We're disappointed not to have got the three points after leading for so long but they are a good team and very difficult to stop. We frustrated them and kept our shape very well.

"We should have gone two up in the second half and been out of sight right after half-time, but if you don't kill sides like Brighton off when you get the chance, they will come back and hurt you.

"We've conceded a lot from set plays this season and we have taken a lot of flak, but the lads have shown that the spirit is still there. We have the togetherness in the squad to turn the bad run around."