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23 July 2016

Town's gaffer angry to have conceded a late equaliser at Cambridge, but seen positives in youngsters' performances

Mick McCarthy admits he was ‘fuming’ at the manner of the last-minute goal conceded in the 1-1 draw with Cambridge at the Abbey.

U’s striker Joe Pigott equalised for the hosts with one of the final touches of the match, although Town had taken the lead just over five minutes earlier through Andre Dozzell.

“I’m fuming. We slowed the game down, we weren’t playing forward so I’m not tolerating that and I’ve just told them it’s garbage,” he told the Club website.

“It’s a pre-season friendly and I know I say I’m not bothered about them but I don’t like conceding goals. We had it at Brentford away, Nottingham Forest, Bolton and you don’t get anywhere if you do that.

“If he whacks one in from 30 yards then fine, but we had the ball and gave it away.

The gaffer did, however, see some positives in the game with a number of youngsters given their chance to impress, including 16-year old Tristan Nydam who was making his first appearance with the senior side.

“He [ Tristan Nydam] has got a chance of being in the first-team this year because there will be no emergency loans and I don’t want to take somebody else’s kids we have some prodigious ones like Tristan,” he added.

“I think James Blanchfield is too, I thought he was excellent in the first-half and we know Dozzer is, so I would like to give them the chance rather than take someone else and find they’re not up to it.”

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