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7 October 2020

“This is only one step on a massive journey for them”

Paul Lambert hopes that some of the young players who impressed against Gillingham could be the latest on the Club's conveyor belt of talent - but urged for the Academy starlets to keep their feet firmly on the ground.

A fierce strike from Armando Dobra alongside Ben Folami's first senior goal sealed a 2-0 EFL Trophy victory over the Gills on Tuesday night, with nine out of the starting XI being products of Town's Academy.

"We have to keep their feet on the ground," Paul told iFollow Ipswich. "That’s important that they don’t fall into the trap of thinking they’ve arrived because of one game. This is only one step on a massive journey for them.

"Hopefully they look at the first-team as well and play this way. If they keep performing like that, then hopefully we will get a few through the ranks."

Debutant Elkan Baggott starred in the heart of the defence while Ross Crane, Zanda Siziba and Allan Viral also made their respective Blues bows as second-half substitutes.

"He’s 17," Paul added about the Indonesian centre-back. "I saw him playing against Millwall and brought him up to train with the first-team. I saw a big lad that was really good on the ball. He was terrific along with [Luke] Woolfenden."

Watch the full interview with Paul following Tuesday night's win on iFollow Ipswich.

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