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Wright Back in Blue as Reserves Draw
Wright Back in Blue as Reserves Draw
Tuesday, 23rd Aug 2011 16:56

Richard Wright was back in goal for the Blues for the first time since his summer 2010 exit as Town's reserves drew 1-1 with Colchester in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon. As revealed by TWTD last week, Wright, who was joined in the side by trialist Ibrahima Sonko, is back training with Paul Jewell’s squad for the second time this summer, having spent a week with Cardiff City.

Boss Paul Jewell has previously played down the chances of Wright, who was released by Sheffield United at the end of last season, rejoining the Blues for a third spell, despite Town needing another keeper as back-up for David Stockdale and Arran Lee-Barrett.

Speaking earlier in the month prior to Wright’s time with the Bluebirds, the Town manager insisted that the ex-England man was just keeping himself in condition: "We were doing Richard a favour because he lives in the area.

"He was just keeping fit and he was very impressive in training but he’s gone on trial with Cardiff for a few days.”

In today's game, Steven Gillespie netted for the U’s on the hour with midfielder Jamie Griffiths on target for the Town second string with 10 minutes remaining. Colchester included former Blues Tom Eastman and Wayne Brown in their side.

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Mark added 17:14 - Aug 23
A poor result, but good news about Wright and Sonko being involved. Hopefully they can both do enough to earn 1-year contracts, as then we could relax more about our goalkeeping situation and hopefully have a decent defender to compete for places. Sonko surely cannot be worse than the defenders we fielded the last two games. Is he a right-sided defender?
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Mark added 17:17 - Aug 23
I've just read in the other story comments that Sonko is right-footed. Let's hope he does well enough to get signed up and put in the team against Leeds for Saturday.
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comrade_blue added 17:20 - Aug 23
According to official Cochester site, they were the better team!
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fourth added 17:21 - Aug 23
Well that is good news. Richard Wright at 70% would be pretty useful
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pazelle added 17:22 - Aug 23
Sign Wright and Sonko!

Did Priskin, Peters, Lavery, Drury, Maduako, Martin, Smith play?
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ipswich_is_the_best added 17:24 - Aug 23
Mark yes he is a righty
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jas0999 added 17:24 - Aug 23
Richard Wright - USED to be a good player for us, but this would be another backwards step.
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muhrensleftfoot added 17:28 - Aug 23
I'd rather see Richard Wright than ALB on the bench (or in the team if Stockdale gets called back)
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taylor15 added 17:30 - Aug 23
right, alot will disagree, but why is he coming back? he flaps on crosses way too much, he did far to many 'blunders' when he was with us last season, and he isn't even the greatest shot stopper! if we're looking at a keeper, i'd say look at scott loach, because it's obvious stockdale won't want to stay with us, when he's on englands radar! i really hope we don't give richard wright the chance, far too injurt prone aswell!
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TractorMan added 17:30 - Aug 23
Would you really play someone who is just keeping fit in a reserve game over your normal keepers like Cropper?

There has to be more to this?
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bluetown added 17:32 - Aug 23
To put the result into perspective couple of trialists, Col ressies drew 2-2 with a West Ham team that included Carew and Sears last week.
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Daleyitfc added 17:38 - Aug 23
If he regained his fitness and form, still for me the best English goalie in the country.
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arc added 17:40 - Aug 23

@Daleyitfc... If Gordon Banks regained his fitness and form, he'd be the best English goalie IMHO ;-)
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chripswich added 17:48 - Aug 23
cant understand why wrighty wasnt signed back up weeks ago..totally logical signature..lives local..blue thru and thru... but of course most importantly twice the keeper that ALB is...
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flashblue added 17:53 - Aug 23
Wright hasn't just let in 12 goals in two games!
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50yearsablue added 18:03 - Aug 23
flashblue, any goalkeeper would have let in those 12. Stockdale had no chance with any of them. Given a choice, I would prefer Wright to ALB and, as we are desperate, give Sonko a chance as our current central defenders either are awful or are playing awful
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brockleyblueboy added 18:06 - Aug 23
Bring back Wayne Brown. Should never have let him go and can do a job for us.

There you go, sonko and Brown, cheap and cheerful and can do a better job than delaney and smith/ainsley at the back.

Will also give us time to bring in some quality.
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Pabs added 18:08 - Aug 23
@Daleyitfc - The best English goalie in the country? What an amusing comment.
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Keaneish added 18:09 - Aug 23
Er Phil...you're missing the main story....

How did Sonko get on!?
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ITFC4daprem added 18:14 - Aug 23
Sign him up
very rare to have 3 English goal keepers 2 of which have been involved in England
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stinkiusminkius added 18:14 - Aug 23
Jas0999 in negative post shocker!!!
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Lightningboy added 18:17 - Aug 23
Sign them both up b4 someone else nips in.

As for Stockdale,yeah he made some good saves on saturday but should've done a bit more for a couple of their goals...imho.

Anyone remember Wrighty's performance vs WBA about 3 years ago..think we lost 2-0 but it would've been 10 had it not been for Wright's performance that day.
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Warkys_Tash added 18:37 - Aug 23
After Saturday's crushing defeat, my mate said 'rip up the pitch @ PR & build houses on it!' I must admit, at the time I didn't have an answer to him!
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fifeblue added 18:42 - Aug 23
Richard Wright at his best is not even the best goalie in Ipswich!
And Stockdale is not much better.
We haven't had a really decent goalie since Paul Cooper.
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fourth added 18:53 - Aug 23
At some point very soon.
This week, preferably
The manager needs to come out of hiding and put his full support behind his team.
Would YOU like to be trying to play like Tommy Smith, Ainsley and Delaney without the manager's support?
PJ, NOW is reality. Step forward.
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