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Leasing.com Trophy Round Two Potential Opponents Confirmed
Wednesday, 13th Nov 2019 22:38

The seven teams Town could be paired with in the second round of the Leasing.com Trophy have been confirmed following tonight’s matches.

The Blues will be away from home in the round of 32 as a result of Colchester’s victory at the JobServe Community Stadium last night having seen the U’s finish top of the group and Town second.

Paul Lambert’s men will therefore travel to play one of the other southern group table-toppers. Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove Albion U21s, Walsall, MK Dons and Peterborough United were all confirmed winners last night, while Exeter City sealed their place at the top of their group by beating West Ham’s U21s 3-1 at St James’ Park this evening.

Meanwhile, Bristol Rovers leapt ahead of Chelsea’s U21s by beating Swindon 1-0 at home to top their group.

Second round ties will take place in the first week of December. Unlike in the group stage, Premier League U21s sides in the competition play home games in the knockout phase.

The draw for the second round will take place live on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday at 2pm with former Colchester striker Clinton Morrison and ex-England midfielder Sue Smith in charge of picking the balls from the bowl.

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harlingblue added 03:25 - Nov 14
The Mananger doesn't care about any of The Cup competitions, not even The FA Cup?
PL you need to earn your corn, you may have made it as a player, but never as a Manager, at the moment you are looking quite naive.
You mus keep a winning team and don't change it, unless injury, or loss of form, either league or Cup game.
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jdtractor96 added 07:02 - Nov 14
@harlingblue our priority this season has to be promotion. The club can’t afford to be stuck in league one. Lambert has been brilliant for the club since day one - our best manager since Burley in my opinion! Let’s be realistic rather than pessimistic - yes a run in the FA cup is long overdue but this is the most important league campaign for years. As for this leasing.com trophy, we’ve made it through the group (only denied top spot by a freak goal) by giving plenty of game time to reserves and academy players - so how can anyone complain? Our fixture congestion will be crazy later on in the season, PL knows this and wants to keep everyone fresh. Look at Sunderland last year - they paid the price for having a much smaller first team squad than we do this season. In Lambert we trust!
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Lathers added 09:58 - Nov 14
Jdtractor - better than Royle?! Not having that. They were very exciting seasons under BFJ (who ironically only had a playing squad of about 18!) PL’s half year school report would read “doing Ok”. Let’s not forget we easily have the best squad in the league and the drop off in standard from the 2nd tier is huge. Surely his judgement day will come once we’re back in the Championship?
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Marinersnose added 13:09 - Nov 14
PL is the best manager we have had for a very long time. He has galvanised the fans and his team are top. We may not have played to our full potential as yet but we are in a very strong position. Lambert has proven himself to be a successful manager and player imo. Most fans would agree that this squad is not good enough for Championship football but it remains work in progress and our youth are getting a fair chance.
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