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10 November 2020

"I’ve enjoyed playing in these games, it’s been a good experience"

Corrie Ndaba said that the Papa John's Trophy has provided a good opportunity for the young players at Town to stake a claim for more first-team football.

The centre-back started as a youthful Blues side were knocked out of the competition following a 2-0 defeat at Crawley.

Just as with the victory over Gillingham in the same competition a month earlier, nine of the starting XI at The People's Pension Stadium were Academy graduates.

"I’ve enjoyed playing in these games, it’s been a good experience," Corrie told iFollow Ipswich. "We’re just unlucky to get knocked out now.

"The boys played well. Everyone put a good shift in. I don’t think we really deserved to lose 2-0.

"We had good patterns of play, especially in the second half. We got some good crosses into the box but were unlucky not to put a few in."

Paul Lambert handed debuts to Levi Andoh, Dylan Crowe, Zak Brown and Jack Manly, the latter of whom became the Club's second youngest player ever aged just 16 years and 22 days.

"I’ve never been one of the older players before but there’s a lot of young lads who were in," Corrie continued. "It was a good chance for everyone to show the gaffer what they can do. There were some good performances in there.

"We’ve got a good Academy and good young players coming through. Hopefully we can all just keep going and get into the first-team.

"Training with the first-team every day will improve me as a player. I’m enjoying being around all the older lads."

Watch the full interview with Corrie on iFollow Ipswich.

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