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11 April 2016

Teddy Bishop plays 70 minutes as he steps up recovery from injury

A goal just before half-time from Shane McLoughlin was enough to give Town’s U21s all three points against Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road.

The Blues' starting line-up included Teddy Bishop, and the midfielder managed to get just under 70 minutes under his belt as he continued his recovery from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of first-team action all season until a 10 minute run-out in the goalless draw against Charlton last week.

It was an opening half of very few chances of note, but Town did take the lead minutes before the break. James Blanchfield collected the ball in midfield before delivering a defence-splitting pass which put McLoughlin in on goal, and the Irishman duly slotted past Cameron Dawson to give his side the advantage.

The second-half played out almost identically to the opening 45, with neither side dominating the other.

Town stopper, Dean Gerken was first called into action with 20 minutes to play as he was forced to beat away a powerful effort from substitute, Warren Clarke, but that was as close as the visitors came to getting a goal having wasted a number of earlier chances.

Monty Paterson also tested his opposing goalkeeper, but with the same result as Dawson palmed away his shot from just outside the box.

The one goal advantage was how it was to remain, though, as Mark Kennedy's side held on to record their third successive victory.

Town: Gerken, Emmanuel, Kenlock, McDonnell, Digby, Robinson, Blanchfield, Bishop (McKendry, 68), Patterson, McLoughlin (Morris, 56), Dozzell. Subs not used: Crowe, Smith, Benyu, McKendry. 

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