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Dobra on Target But Red-Carded as U23s Draw at Colchester
Monday, 3rd Feb 2020 14:49

Armando Dobra scored and was later sent off as Town’s U23s drew 2-2 away against Colchester United at their Florence Park training ground this afternoon.

The U’s went two in front with goals in the eighth and 29th minutes before Dobra hit back with a 31st minute shot which found the net off the inside of the post.

The Albanian U19 also picked up his first yellow card for a foul before the break and 10 minutes after the restart the 18-year-old, who TWTD revealed on Friday was the subject of a rebuffed £350,000 bid from Premier League Brighton, picked up his second for another foul and then the inevitable red in the 55th minute.

Two minutes later, Tyreece Simpson levelled for the Blues when he rebounded a Ben Morris shot which had been saved by the home keeper.

The Town youngsters put in an impressive display and were the better side throughout even when down to 10 men.

Among the subs for the U’s was Town academy striker Lewis Reed, who is currently on trial at Colchester.

U23s: Przybek, Alexander (Fehrenbach 60), O’Reilly (Oppong 73), McGavin, Andoh, Ndaba, Dobra, Hughes, Morris, Simpson (Curtis 76), Gibbs. Unused: Bort, Healy.

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Smithy added 15:07 - Feb 3
Why risk him if hes going to be involved at the weekend?

midastouch added 15:10 - Feb 3
At least Dobra's red sounded like it was for challenges rather than a petulant reaction. Won't help his cause though unfortunately with Lambert who seems to have had doubts following his red card at Accrington. I'd still chance him though as I'd rather have 50 minutes of Dobra than 90 mins of many of his rivals! He can probably do more in 10 minutes than some manage in 90! Some of our experienced players have contributed so little at times you almost wonder if it would make much difference playing with 10 men in any case!

Northstandveteran added 16:06 - Feb 3
Sorry gents,

But if you can't get in the current Ipswich 1st team, you might want to prepare yourselves for getting a real job.

MattinLondon added 16:10 - Feb 3
What a totally ridiculous thing to say.

Northstandveteran added 16:11 - Feb 3
It was just a little joke Matt.

Calm down 😁

PositivelyPortman added 16:14 - Feb 3
Northstandveteran - no fun allowed on here I’m afraid. 😬

ArnieM added 16:14 - Feb 3
That’s a Weeks wages fine for him then .

Northstandveteran added 16:16 - Feb 3
And he called me a horrible name Positively Portman 😢


Kickingblock added 16:35 - Feb 3
He's a real live wire, spirited and tenacious but unfortunately the side effect is that he gets booked. It would be great if they can coach the red mist out of him without removing the fire within.

strikalite added 17:02 - Feb 3
^^it's obviously its his off the ball game which Lambert thinks isn't good enough, so it could be that he's now trying too hard when we should be focusing on what he CAN do, because he has a lot to offer, certainly from the bench, just like Dembele at Posh who was given his chance by Fergie, similar to Dobra he isn't great off the ball, but that hasn't stopped him breaking through because quite simply his ability on the ball easily makes up for this..

grow_our_own added 17:21 - Feb 3
Is Dobra suspended from the next first team match now?

ITFCsince73 added 18:08 - Feb 3
I thought it was said in a “joke’ kind of way NSV.
Actually a true and fair point all the same....😉

ITFCsince73 added 18:15 - Feb 3
It’s no bad thing a player having a red mist nature to his game.
We don’t have enough of this type player.
Only Flynn Downes, who would be half the player, if it was totally taken out his game.

Dolphinblue added 18:24 - Feb 3
Yeah matt chill 🐬

herfie added 19:17 - Feb 3
Having a sense of humour on here is no laughing matter! We can safely leave that to the team😂

blueboy1981 added 19:20 - Feb 3
This lad is typical of who should be in our 1st Team, being given a chance - otherwise another who will succeed elsewhere.

Mark added 19:45 - Feb 3
I'd like to see him brought off the bench for 20 minutes here and there, let him use his pace against tired defenders (and little time to get sent off!)

RaymondovicBlue added 20:47 - Feb 3
Sadly Mark 20 minutes is more than he can manage without getting up the Ref's nose .... he HAS to sort our the bookings whilst keeping all his talent in tact ... this is where PL can earn his money .. . at least I hope he can. To be fair, turning down a £350K offer shows that we think we can get more out of him ... let's hope so. Getting more out of Dozzell would be good too ....

Lightningboy added 21:02 - Feb 3
Really thought the likes of Dobra,Dozzell,Ndaba & ElMouzni would’ve stepped up to the plate and nailed down a decent percentage of games this season at this level (in the 1st team)...are they just not up to the challenge (like Downes & Woolfenden) or just mot good enough?

Radlett_blue added 22:18 - Feb 3
As usual, those who aren't considered good enough for the first team by our manager become better players by not playing.

peaky69 added 04:03 - Feb 4
Looks likely Barry Cotter will be in the squad this week then?

heavyweight added 08:36 - Feb 4
Can you use "rebounded" as a verb?

grow_our_own added 11:07 - Feb 4
Apparently Dobra is good enough for Brighton in the Premier League, but not good enough for Lambert's underperforming League One squad. Stinks of another Marriott Rhodes situation. Giving players like Dobra a chance is how the Town was built. With journeyman Judge and No Talent Nolan in the team instead, Sir Bobby Robson is turning in his grave.

Miles added 11:49 - Feb 4
I actually don’t understand the criticism of PL with not playing dobra. If he was ready he would have been given the chance. Look at Woolfenden for example. Hardly kicked a ball for us until lambert came in and because he was ready he was given the chance. Down to Dobra to take his opportunity himself like our other successful youngsters have.

Dolphinblue added 17:35 - Feb 4
Thenegcrew will find the whinge in each and every story....😧

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