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12 November 2019

“That is magic to see so many young players out there"

Paul Lambert hailed the bright future of the Club after watching seven homegrown players feature in the defeat at Colchester.

Blues had already booked a place in the second round of the Trophy but a freak goal from Ryan Clampin left Town in second place behind the Essex club in the group and facing an away fixture in the next round.

The Town boss wasn't disappointed with the result though, saluting his young side for their performance, with Brett McGavin and Lewis Gibbs making their debuts and Tawanda Chirewa - at 16 years and 31 days - becoming the second youngest player in the Club’s history when he came on in added time.

“I’m really proud of the team. We were excellent. We had 16 year olds in the team at the end so that’s great for the Club going forward,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“That is magic to see so many young players out there. The whole experience will be great for them; the bus journey, eating with the lads pre-match; being in the first-team environment.

“I was 15,16 when Alex Miller threw me in at St Mirren. You need someone to believe in you. Without someone believing in me, I wouldn’t have had the career I had. I wouldn’t be talking to you here tonight.

“I was delighted with all the young lads. There were so many positives out there.

“I have watched the kids play at the Academy. I will never know how good they are if I don’t throw them in. The Academy coaches have done great with them and the boys have had a taste of the first-team. It’s another good sign of where the Club is. It’s great for the future here.”

See the full interview with Paul on iFollow Ipswich.

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