The Suffolk men round off their holiday programme with a home game on Monday against a Nottingham Forest side now three points adrift of safety after drawing anothr blank in defeat at home to Cardiff.
Ipswich are three points further on but Jewell was upbeat despite defeat at the Madejski Stadium.
"I feel that on our first-half performance we should have got something from the game," he said.
"Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was a real threat and we had plenty of opportunities but couldn't get that elusive goal.
"It was a scrappy second half between two honest teams but there are encouraging signs for us and there was not much between the sides."
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