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Williams Injured as U21s Lose
Monday, 20th Apr 2015 13:44

Jonny Williams was forced off just before half-time with what appeared to be a recurrence of his groin injury as Town’s U21s lost 3-2 to Bristol City at Playford Road having been 2-0 in front at the break.

Monty Patterson put the Blues in front in the 27th minute, then Kyle Hammond made it 2-0 three minutes later as Town dominated the first half.

However, the visitors fought back and claimed an unlikely win via goals from Marley Bishop on 63 and 74 and sub Matt Long in the final moments.

Williams, Kevin Bru and Darren Ambrose all started for a strong U21s side, alongside trialist striker Daniel Akindayini.

The 19-year-old striker is with Tottenham’s youth system, where Bryan Klug, Town’s academy director previously worked. He has scored four goals in 19 appearances for Spurs’ U21s this season, while he netted 15 goals in 27 appearances for their U18s last year.

Facing a much less experienced side, the Blues began on top and Akindayini shot into the side-netting after seven minutes.

Ten minutes later, Ambrose curled a freekick over as the Blues were unable to make their early dominance tell.

But on 27 they finally took the lead when impressive left-back Myles Kenlock cut his way through the Robins midfield before teeing-up Patterson 25 yards out and the New Zealand U20 international struck a low shot into the corner of the net giving Bristol City keeper David Richards no chance.

Town were close to making it 2-0 within a minute, Matt Clarke rising highest at a corner but saw his header nodded off the line by Lewis Hall.

However, a second Blues goal took only another two minutes, Alex Henshall crossing from the left and Hammond nodding home at the far post.

A minute before the break on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder Williams limped off holding the groin which has caused him so much trouble since he was injured in the Watford home game in November.

The Wales international, who was replaced by Cemal Ramadan, went straight to the dressing room and the severity of the problem will now be assessed.

Just before the break, Ambrose, who alongside Bru had controlled the game for the Blues, saw another freekick from just outside the area saved.

The Robins weren’t far away from an equaliser three minutes after the restart, Bishop - who Town showed interest in when a schoolboy - getting beyond keeper Michael Crowe after he had rushed off his line before shooting wide.

Bru hit the next in a succession of Town freekicks around the area into the wall on 58, before Henshall did well to work himself space on the left of the box but poked his shot over.

On 62 Kundai Benyu replaced Patterson, the goalscorer having suffered what appeared to be an ankle injury a few minutes earlier.

A minute later, with the Blues still very much on top, the visitors pulled a goal back. Henshall lost possession, the Robins broke and Bishop shot past Crowe and into the net off the post.

Ramadan, who had looked lively since coming on, hit a dangerous shot on the turn from inside the area which Richards did well to save low to his left.

Ambrose saw yet another freekick saved on 67, then Henshall’s dangerous cross from the left was bundled out of play at the near post by a defender. The winger then saw a low shot tipped wide by the Robins’ keeper.

Town were made to rue their missed opportunities on 74 when Ben Withey played a long ball forward and Bishop got in ahead of Joe Robinson to equalise.

Clarke headed wide from Henshall’s freekick with five minutes remaining as the Blues looked to restore their lead.

Town ought to have scored their third in the 87th minute when Henshall cut the ball back across from the left but Akindayini blazed over from 10 yards.

Jamie Morgan forced Crowe to save his low shot past his right post close to the end and from the resultant corner the visitors grabbed a win which had hardly seemed on the cards.

Jack Batten nodded the deep flag-kick down into the six-yard area and Long stabbed into the roof of the net from a few feet out.

It was a game Town should never have lost having been 2-0 up after a first half which they dominated.

But City defended stoutly and grabbed their chances when they came, whereas the Blues were unable to create too many clear-cut opportunities, particularly in the second half, and failed to make the most of numerous set pieces.

While the watching Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor will be concerned by Williams’s injury - the midfielder had a few lively moments before he went off without ever looking quite at his best - they’ll be delighted to have seen Bru and Ambrose come through the full 90 minutes after their recent spells out of action.

U21s: Crowe, Hammond, Kenlock, Bru, Robinson, Clarke, Patterson (Benyu 62), Ambrose, Akindayini, Williams (Ramadan 44), Henshall. Unused: McDermid, Fowler, Guldbrandsen.

Bristol City: Richards, Withey, Hall, Vyner, Batten, Murphy, Morgan, Gilabert (Harper 75), Andrews, Bishop (Difford 78), Hunter (Long 62). Unused: Wollacott.

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essex57 added 13:56 - Apr 20
Umm thats not very good for Williams perhaps thats why MM uses him sparingly could be a liability although he has got great skills seems injury peone

Smithy added 13:56 - Apr 20
Poor result, real shame about Williams, on the flip side think Ambrose could offer alot if he can get match fit quickly

essex57 added 13:56 - Apr 20

BYRNE_16 added 14:01 - Apr 20
Oh no......

TMWNN_1996 added 14:10 - Apr 20
I have been watching him warm up, and when he played for a few mins, he didn't seem right. He didn't seem to be 100% confident, perhaps he had a feeling it was likely to go at the earliest opportunity.....

Skuse has been immense for me over the last 6 or 7 games, and I don't believe we will miss Johnny all that much. He would have been a big player to bring on for the play offs but we will just have to make do and move on.

textbackup added 14:15 - Apr 20
Ambrose is such a quality player, feel comfortable when he's in the team

gorse added 14:26 - Apr 20
@essex57 According to wikipedia(!) Williams has had a broken fibula, what sounds like a calf strain and the groin injury since 2011, which doesn't sound "prone" to me. Still, heal up soon Jonny!

Michael11 added 14:30 - Apr 20
As much as I love Jonny, he's not half a sick note. Never known him to complete 90 minutes with no fuss. It's a shame as he's got huge potential, I just hope it doesn't hinder his career in the future like Jack Wilshere. Another point, how poor is Mark Kennedy by the way? Even when first team players play we seem to lose nearly every game. Surely there's someone better suited to U21's manager job than him?

JackITFC96 added 15:14 - Apr 20
Henshall sounds brilliantly exiting

Lightningboy added 15:16 - Apr 20
Shame ut time to send him back to Palace and move on sadly.

Hope you can get over your injury niggles permanently Jonny.

mojo added 15:56 - Apr 20
Michael11 - I'm not sure that the results of the U21 games have ever been the main concern. It is about getting players back to full fitness (shame about Williams) and match sharpness, bringing youngsters through gently and giving trialists a go.

Len_Brennan added 15:59 - Apr 20
For all the attacking promise of Henshall, Mick will always see this side of him: "Henshall lost possession, the Robins broke and Bishop shot past Crowe and into the net off the post".

ITFCFan added 16:22 - Apr 20
Gutted for Williams just glad the boys having been doing well without him anyway really!

jas0999 added 17:20 - Apr 20
A shame, but has barely featured since his return and Unavailable for the play off final. I wish him a speedy recovery, but would seem his return was way too soon. Hopefully he can focus on getting fit for next season and join us if we get promoted!

henshawd7 added 17:22 - Apr 20
How did Monty Patterson get on?

shaunkingitfc added 18:01 - Apr 20

blueboy1981 added 18:16 - Apr 20
.......... Jonny Williams, great little player with much potential - unfortunately very injury prone, which may well stay with him.

Needs to shake this all off - otherwise his career will be a short one.

blueboy1981 added 18:16 - Apr 20
.......... Jonny Williams, great little player with much potential - unfortunately very injury prone, which may well stay with him.

Needs to shake this all off - otherwise his career will be a short one.

warwickblue added 18:33 - Apr 20
Hardly Williams' fault that he is still struggling after being so cynically annihilated in the Watford game. That awful challenge could have ended his career there and then. I just hope his recovery can continue. His "injury niggle" is hardly something he can be held responsible for....

Seasider added 18:43 - Apr 20
Don't think Mick will be too pleased with giving away a two goal lead.
I like both Ambrose and Bru as well as JW.The latter being so injury prone could mean that we could pick him up for a bargain price in the summer.
These three midfield players are far better than Tabb who I think had another poor game on Saturday.
If you add in David Mc Goldrick, Teddy Bishop,Luke Hyam and Cole Skuse then would have quite A STRONG MIDFIELD if staying in Championship;but don't know about Premiership though.
Think it would be a pity if Mick got rid of Henshall and Hewitt when you think of how much time McCarthy gives to Tabby and Anderson in wide positions. I don't really think they should be got rid of like Woody and Taylor in the summer as feel its possible they could come good having had so little time on pitch in first team games,which are not the same as U21's or training.
Just a thought but of course Manager calls the shots.

oddball added 19:01 - Apr 20
Tabb had a great season, back off seasider preferably into the sea!

blueboy1981 added 19:52 - Apr 20
........ we have some good players at this Club, with flair and pace,as mentioned previously - however the 'pit ponies' will always be preferred to the 'gazelles' with MM's style of play.

That will never change - like it or not - sad - but absolutely true.

essex57 added 20:12 - Apr 20
Gorse sounds very injury prone to me pal of mine who is a palace supporter told me his always had injuries figures doesnt it Palace wouldnt let us have him if he could put a full shift in week in week out.

SloughBlue added 20:25 - Apr 20
Cant understand how Jonny Williams can warm the bench for the first team then be expected to play in Under 21 side.Surely a few 20 minute sessions(just when defences are tiring)would have been more beneficial.Hope it's not too bad and we at least see him play again before loan expires.
On a different note does anyone know if there's a sell on clause for Arron Cresswell with Chelsea reportedly offering £20 million.

TimmyH added 20:46 - Apr 20
He didn't feature that much in his first time on loan this season, 3 starts and a sub I believe - as said a real sick note (almost as bad as Hyam). Shame.

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