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McDonnell Handed League Debut at Derby and Kenlock Again Set to Start
Thursday, 5th May 2016 13:20

Town boss Mick McCarthy will hand Irish U18 international Adam McDonnell his league debut at Derby on Saturday, while Myles Kenlock will continue at left-back with Jonas Knudsen still expected to be out with a knee problem.

“Adam is starting on Saturday,” the Town boss confirmed. “We think a lot of him, he’s not had his opportunity but he will start on Saturday.

McCarthy has already confirmed that the 18-year-old former Shelbourne central midfielder, whose only senior appearance for Town was at Doncaster in the Capital One Cup, will be offered a new contract, while the club has already taken an option for a further year on his existing deal.

Knudsen is again set to miss out, but skipper Luke Chambers will be back having been sidelined for the MK Dons game by an ankle problem.

“Chambo’s fine but Jonas has still got a bit of an issue with his knee, so he’ll probably not be involved,” McCarthy said.

The Town boss was delighted with Kenlock’s performance last week and the 19-year-old will again be in the side against the Rams.

“It was great watching him play last week,” he continued. “I thought he got better in the game.

“I thought Josh Emmanuel had a really good first half and Myles equally had a really good second half and set up the winner, which was great for him.

“We’ve got a clean bill of health apart from Murph and the other ones that were injured, they’re still injured.”

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hoppy added 13:35 - May 5
So will Bart be back in goal?

Should've been last week, of course, as player of the year on all fronts, in the final home game of the season...

TR11BLU added 13:45 - May 5
Why is Chambers back in for Emmanuel, FFS Dino...

JimmyJazz added 13:46 - May 5
Would be good if Gerken moves on in the summer to make this goalkeeper situation a lot clearer to MM. Memo to MM - Bart is number 1 and should always play when available

JimmyJazz added 13:47 - May 5
We can't change our league position and Derby's position is set, so why not play Emmanuel again? Drop Berra FFS!!

theipswichman added 13:51 - May 5
Agree with Kenlock playing but Emmanuel earned his chance to continue n the team IMO so should be starting. Why play a centre back at right back who's not that good rather than a young right back at right back who is good.

Still I'm pleased for McDonnell, deserves his opportunity and it's nice to see all these youngsters on the fringes that seem like their ready to step up in the next few years.

hoppy added 13:58 - May 5
Not true JimmyJazz... We could still move up to 7th if Cardiff lose to Birmingham and we win.

12th_Man added 14:12 - May 5
Oh great derby are going to destroy us

iaintaylorx added 14:14 - May 5
Call yourself the 12th man? ^

Maybe they will, but they deserve the chance they getting and I'm sure they'll put in a great performance.

bluehook added 14:26 - May 5
Hoppy I pressed the up arrow and it went down - don't know what happened there!
I agree Bart MUST start.

hoppy added 14:43 - May 5
If I thought there would be anywhere everyone knows how to use lots of arrows, it would be here...
No worries, bluebook.

hoppy added 14:44 - May 5
Sorry, I meant 'bluehook', until my autocorrect had other ideas...

Currie10 added 15:54 - May 5
I hope Dozzell gets a good few minutes.

Pleased we're using the academy again, clear a few out and we'll be set for more to develop.

I have a good feeling about next season, think people may be pleasantly surprised.

Currie10 added 15:55 - May 5
Also, McDonnell was supposedly meant to have similar ability to Bishop. Incidently, Teddy made his debut at Derby and was superb first 60 minutes, one of the best debutants I can recall in recent years. Good luck to the lad, hope he shines.

Elto added 16:20 - May 5

Dozzell is away with England U17s I think.

prebsa added 16:38 - May 5
I have seen kenlock in a few u21 games and the firs team games and think he is really starting to establish himself. I would much rather see him in the team ahead of Knudsen although I'm sure loads will disagree with me.

Great to see McDonnell in the team he deserves his chance even if it is to get his m up to speed of the bench next year.

Agree with everyone about Bart. Currie/Elto correct Dozzell is with the u17s.

onthehoof added 16:40 - May 5
Last call - can the following passengers make their way to gate 1 as the last coach leaving Ipswich is about to depart: - Mr McCarthy, Stewart, Gerken, Maitland-Niles, Coke, Toure, Tabb, Douglas, Varney, Hyam and Digby. Its a one way ticket and we hope you have a pleasant journey!

skusesrightpeg added 16:51 - May 5
Onthehoof nothing wrong with Digby had a belter at boro and kept a clean sheet against the two most prolific strikers to play against us, clown

Cheshire_Blue added 17:15 - May 5
Why don't you join them ' on the hoof'?

afrodids added 19:25 - May 5
I'd rather bring on the youngsters with a few experienced players and play good football and be mid table for a season before the youth comes to fruition than hoofball and has beens. it looks like we have some good youngsters coming through why not play them. If they're good enough they're old enough. Just looks at spurs youngster's atm.


onthehoof added 20:14 - May 5
Did give Diggers some thought Skuserightpeg but we have Yorweth and Clarke coming back (presumably).

C Blue - I am driving the bus so I guess you did not get a return ticket :)


mojo added 23:26 - May 5
Onthehoof-Yorwerth has been told he can go, Digby looks set to stay. Delighted for Mcdonnell, lookimg to see him play and he would seem to bethe obvious one who has notbeen too involved so far, and Benyu maybe.

mojo added 23:27 - May 5
Looking forward, sorry for spelling, late in the day.

onthehoof added 00:00 - May 6
Thanks Mojo. Agree we have got a lot of young talent and that is what we need to bring through now. Looking forward to seeing more of them in the team - McDonell, Morris, Benyu, Emmanuel, Kenlock, Dozzell, Bishop (back from injury) etc etc

planetblue_2011 added 00:14 - May 6
Chambers is straight back in there, You can't leave your star defender out for too long Mick.
Garentee Gerken will be in the team as well!
Hope McDonell & Kenlock play just be disappointed if Emanuel doesn't get a run out.

KiwiBlue2 added 00:59 - May 6
Like to see the following start at Derby and for them to go for it from the off:.
Kenlock, Chambers, Smith, Emmanuel
McDonnel Bishop, Scuse, Feeney
McGoldrick, Sears

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