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9 November 2021

"At times we played well and I am delighted for the supporters"

Paul Cook thought tonight's goalless draw with Colchester United in the Papa John's Trophy was an entertaining game despite the scoreline.

Both sides had chances to win it, with Town going close on numerous occasions but U's shot-stopper Jake Turner standing firm with a string of saves.

In line with competition format, a penalty shootout took place to decide who would gain a bonus point following the draw.

The shootout also determined who would progress to the knockout stage of the competition, with the Blues prevailing 5-4 and Vaclav Hladky saving Colchester's first penalty which was taken by Freddie Sears.

West Ham U21 topped Southern Group A on six points, with Town finishing in second place on five.

"I'm pleased for the supporters and I actually thought it was an enjoyable game for a nil nil," Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

"Penalties bring a bit of excitement to the crowd and Vas [Hladky] did well.

"Winning is a great habit, and although it wasn't in the 90 minutes, it was good to see the scenes in the stadium at the end.

"At times we played well and we got into good areas. There was an intent about us and the key thing in matches is often the final pass, sometimes we didn't have that tonight but onwards and upwards in the competition.

"I thought Bailey [Clements] was outstanding in the second half and that's the sort of opportunity you can get from this trophy. He brought great energy and balance to the team and didn't do himself any harm.

"We look forward to seeing who we get in the next round, and we're looking forward to returning to League action against Oxford on Saturday."

The full interview with Paul is available to watch on iFollow Ipswich.

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