The Verdict: Youngsters win the day at Colchester
Ipswich Town finished second in their group after falling to a 1-0 defeat at Colchester on Tuesday evening. We take a look at some key points from the defeat at The JobServe Community Stadium.
Ben Folami has set his sights on breaking into the first-team this season and after his display last night, that could be a real possibility! The Australian striker made four Championship appearances under the stewardship of Brian Klug at the end of the 17/18 campaign but was then dealt a setback with a horrible Achilles injury.
Folami was tasked with the lone striker role and has performed as well as anyone else in that role this season. He did not give the Colchester defenders a moments rest all night.
Folami set up Gwion Edwards midway through the first half, which the winger should have at least tested the Colchester ‘keeper. Folami nearly opened the scoring just before the break but was denied by a good Colchester block to deny Folami a opening senior goal as he looked to cap a flowing Town move.
The Kids are Alright
It wasn’t just Ben Folami the only Town youngster who stood out last night. Brett McGavin looks like he has a bright future too. McGavin who was beside Emyr Huws, went about his business very professionally, always showing for the ball and clearly has a eye for a pass alongside breaking up many Colchester attacks.
The other Town ‘youngster’ who started was Idris El Mizouni. The Tunisian youth international was arguably Town’s best player and if we would have scored, El Mizouni would have been involved somewhere along the line.
In the dying moments of the match, Paul Lambert introduced Liam Gibbs and Tawanda Chirewa, the latter becoming Town’s second youngest ever player (16 years and 31 days) behind Connor Wickham.
Paul Lambert has spoken about the chances he got when he was a youngster, the faith managers showed in him, he is now doing the same for the Town youngsters. Lambert is a firm believer in if players are good enough he will chuck them in.
All together there was nine homegrown players in Town’s 18-man squad, a number that would have been enhanced if Armando Dobra, Corrie Ndaba and Bailey Clements were available for Paul Lambert.
On the road again
Town will be away from home for the second round of The Leasing.com Trophy. Colchester’s win over Town saw The U’s leapfrog Town and claim top spot and a home tie in the next round.
Although Town were denied top spot, you can’t blame Lambert too much on playing a weaker team in this occasion and now have the possibility of a long away midweek to Exeter on the cards. The team he picked had a real good blend of youngsters and experience and if it wasn’t for a total fluke it would have been mission accomplished at The JobServe Community Stadium.