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4 December 2019

“It’s unbelievable what those kids have done" says boss after shoot-out win

Paul Lambert said he can’t speak highly enough of his young players after watching Town reach the last 16 of the Trophy with a penalty shoot-out win at Peterborough.

Barry Cotter scored the decisive spot-kick to give Blues a 6-5 shoot-out win after Adam Przybek had marked his debut with two penalty saves.

Academy scholars Alex Henderson and Tommy Smith also made their first-team bows.

“It’s unbelievable what those kids have done. I’m really proud of them,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“It’s not often I’m lost for words but it’s extraordinary that they have come through that.

“They can only gain from that first-team experience and hopefully they can all go on to become big players for Ipswich Town. There is no guarantee of that of course, no one knows but they have a tiny foothold now.

“I’d only seen Hendo [Alex Henderson] play for 20 minutes but we have got injuries at the back and we couldn’t take a risk with anyone. He did great and will be better for the experience.

“Tommy did well when he came on and Adam was excellent, two great saves in the penalties.

“I couldn’t ask for anymore from any of them.”

See the full interview with Paul on iFollow Ipswich.

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