Ipswich Town supporters haven’t taken too lightly to Paul Lambert’s decision to deploy a plethora of young players in their Leasing.com Trophy clash with Colchester United.
Lambert’s side had already booked their place in the next round of the competition after wins over Gillingham and Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s.
Their 1-0 defeat to the Essex-based club, though, ensured that the Tractor Boys finished in second place behind their last opponents. This means that the side will face an away trip in the next round of the competition.
In the game, the likes of Brett McGavin and Lewis Gibbs made their debuts. Also, Tawanda Chirewa – at 16 years and 31 days – became the second youngest player in the Club’s history when he appeared as a substitute late on in the second half.
In turn, though, Lambert’s youngsters lost the match after Ryan Clampin’s late strike proved to be the only difference between the two side. Lambert’s men managed just one shot on target all game at the Colchester Community Stadium.
On the final whistle, the club released a graphic on Twitter, confirming the defeat.
— Ipswich Town FC (@IpswichTown) November 12, 2019
It would be fair to assume that the many of the supporters were unhappy with the tactics their manager deployed.
The worry I have with Lambert is that he never learns. Over a year and he is still trying to get 1 up top to work. Give it up, its painful to watch.
— Labour Liam #GTTO #JC4PM (@labourpartyliam) November 12, 2019
Very clever Lambert… bring on the youngsters in the last few mins to make it look like a makeshift team when in reality we had a number of 1st teamers play the majority of the game .. you can fool some of the people some of the time !!!
— Carl Page (@CarlNcharlie123) November 12, 2019
I'm afraid it's gonna get worse. Same team next week at lincoln and blackpool will relish coming to Portman road against guys who haven't played for 2.5 weeks by then.
— Jason mann (@j_mann80) November 12, 2019
— Alex Garnham (@ITFC_Alex) November 12, 2019
— Ryan Martin (@rjmartinITFC) November 12, 2019