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Hurst to Make Trip to Lowestoft to Watch U23s With Youngster Having Caught His Eye
Wednesday, 18th Jul 2018 16:19

Blues boss Paul Hurst will be among those watching the U23s at Lowestoft this evening and says one of the younger group who will be involved at the Amber Dew Events Stadium has already caught his eye (KO 7.45pm).

“I didn’t want to bring as many as we did at the weekend and then just be sat there on the bench,” Hurst said explaining why he took a smaller squad to last night’s first-team friendly agains Crawley at East Grinstead.

“They’ve got a game at Lowestoft, a couple of the lads that came on late [last night] will play in that game as well.

“They trained [on Tuesday], we watched training this morning before travelling down and I think that’s better for them all. Gets them 75-90 minutes this evening.”

Barry Cotter, Conor McKendry, Pat Webber, Aaron Drinan and Brett McGavin were those to travel to Braintree but not to East Grinstead. Josh Emmanuel, Ben Folami and Jordan Roberts came on late against the Red Devils.

Ben Morris is away with the England U19s, while Shane McLoughlin has been back in Ireland following a family bereavement.

Hurst confirmed he’ll be making the trip to north Suffolk: “I’ll be there at Lowestoft. I’m not saying I’ll be at every single one [of the U23s friendlies], but I’ll certainly be there.

“It’s early days, I want to see them. On the training ground is one thing, in games against what will be decent opposition as well [is another], a physical test certainly for them. I want to see if one or two of them can step up.

“In training one lad has particularly caught my eye out of the younger group and I’m looking for more of them to do that.”

Hurst wouldn’t comment on who that might be and says the chance is always there for players to make an impact upon him.

“It’s always about impressing and some have and some haven’t,” he added. “As I said at the weekend, people might find it harsh what I’m saying, but some aren’t as good as other people think and some have done better than maybe what people think.

“As I’ve said from the start, it’s a fresh beginning for everybody and I did say I don’t care how many games, say, Luke Chambers has played. He’s got to impress and so have the young lads. They might really step up and force their way into my thoughts.”

There is a further friendly on Thursday when a Town XI faces AFC Sudbury at King’s Marsh (KO 7.45pm).

Town U23s coach Gerard Nash recently passed the UEFA Pro Licence course with the Football Association of Ireland.

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iaintaylorx added 16:22 - Jul 18
I wonder who that youngster is! Drinan maybe? Great to see him looking at our youth, as we all know we have some gems!

muccletonjoe added 17:05 - Jul 18
Interesting one. Could well be Mckendry Hurst is watching , I would say him and wolfenden are the 2 who are more than capable of holding down a place in first team.

clogger added 17:14 - Jul 18
Thinl it could be Woofenden, however I think Brett McGavin appears to have improved very quickly....

midastouch added 17:33 - Jul 18
racing @ yarmouth and football @ lowestoft, decisions decisions!

OriginalMarkyP added 17:40 - Jul 18
There's something a bit dodgy about a headline which says a 'Youngster has caught his eye'.

shoopdelang added 19:05 - Jul 18
Christ he’s open when he speaks isn’t he. Still undecided if that’s a good or bad thing

brian_a_mul added 19:07 - Jul 18
Its Cotter id say, he started with a bang last year and would be looking to build on that

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:20 - Jul 18
Again said to provoke.

Now all of those players tonight go out thinking he could mean me and wanting to give it 110%.


arc added 19:20 - Jul 18

Oooooo... That's it then—Chambers is definitely the one who wasn't as good as advertised... ;-)

Currie10 added 19:43 - Jul 18
' Now all of those players tonight go out thinking he could mean me and wanting to give it 110%. '

Or the complete opposite, not give a toss and be closer to leaving. Which if that's the case, I don't think many of us will lose too much sleep about.

MASSIVELY dangerous game from Hurst this.

BlueandTruesince82 added 20:15 - Jul 18
Currie surely anyone thinking they don't give a toss about possibly making the 1st team this season is not a player we want to keep?

Weeding those out is if they exist is exactly the point..... you say yourself none of us would lose much sleep so I'm not sure what your concern is.....?

Ipswichbusiness added 20:19 - Jul 18
I have just googled Brett McGavin. It came up with a page from the official Ipswich Town website that gave his date of birth as 01/01/1901.

I don't want to be ageist, but ...

Talbs77 added 21:53 - Jul 18
He doesn’t mince his words.....I like that and find it refreshing.

He doesn’t have favourites.....I like that and find it refreshing.

He has high standards and isn’t constantly reminding us we have no money can’t play decent football have to “battle” like his predecessor.....refreshing.

He comes across ambitious and a winner who knows what he wants. Perhaps as fans some of us need to get used to this approach?

I don’t I love everything the man has said since he walked through the door.

But....all the above will count for nothing if he doesn’t win football matches.

That’s football.....glorious but also fickle and brutal.

PJewellisaGod added 23:01 - Jul 18
Game: 1-1

PJewellisaGod added 23:09 - Jul 18
Lowestoft 1-1 Ipswich u23

We had the better of first half. Lowestoft had the better of second. Drinnan opened the scoring in the first half and We could have put the game out of reach at the beginning of the second half but hit the post. A few minutes later Lowestoft scores with an incisive counter attack and from then on looked the most likely to win the game. Saying that we had one really good opportunity (Cotter). Draw correct result in the end.

midastouch added 23:26 - Jul 18
I went to the game tonight and I have to say overall I was a little disappointed with the overall performance of the U23s. I was in truth expecting a little more overall quality. There were some neat passages of play but unfortunately there wasn't enough end product to put Lowestoft away. I thought the last 10 or 15 minutes we looked the more likely but I was never convinced we were going to finish them off. Given Paul Hurst was in attendance I would of thought the team would of raised their game in an attempt to try and impress him and make some serious claims about pushing on for a first-team place but none of the players really staked a huge claim on that showing, at least from what I saw. If I had to pick one player from the team who looked able to step up I would probably give my vote to Barry Cotter.
More positive was actually off the pitch seeing various Town fans approach Mr Hurst at half time for selfies and he seemed very approachable and obliging. He came across as a true gent. I asked my lad if he wanted me to ask him for one but my lad was too shy.
Perhaps Paul might of spotted 1 or 2 things I missed (no doubt he's got a sharper eye for this stuff than myself) but I can't help but think he might of come away from the game feeling rather disappointed as I did myself. In short, I felt a big opportunity to impress PH in the flesh was not fully grasped by several of the players tonight. Of course there will be other opportunities but whenever opportunity calls it's best to answer the call asap as it doesn't continue calling indefinitely.

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