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U23s Win at Cardiff
Tuesday, 11th Jan 2022 12:50

Cameron Humphreys and Bailey Clements were on target as Town’s U23s beat Professional Development League Two South leaders Cardiff City 2-0 in their first game of 2022 at the Cardiff International Sports Campus this lunchtime.

The home side had the better of the first half chances, coming closest when they hit the post through James Crole five minutes before the end of the period.

But Town were on top after the break and in the 59th minute Humphreys hit a low left-footed shot from just outside the box which found the corner of the net to the keeper’s left.

Clements made it 2-0 on 80 when a cross from the left was poor cleared to his feet just inside the area and the left-back hit a shot across the keeper and into the net.

The win moves the young Blues up to third in the table ahead of Millwall, who aren't in action today.

Town: Bort, Andoh, Stewart, Armin (Smith 89), Clements, Humphreys, Alexander, Ward, Morris, Siziba (Curtis 71), Yengi (Hughes 53). Unused: Ridd, Agbaje.

Photo: Matchday Images

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Help added 12:51 - Jan 11
Well done to the U23's two Nil win. Cardiff had the better of the first half and should have been at least 2 up, hitting the post and over the bar. But Town took their chances in the second half.

RobITFC added 13:07 - Jan 11
I watched this match last season and Cardiff were a far better team and won easily , so well done this year, great improvement.

budgieplucker added 13:50 - Jan 11
Watched second half during a lunch break, certainly we were the better team in the second half.

Andoh and Stewart stood strong against a very tall and physical Cardiff side and were well protected by sitting midfielders Alexander and Humphreys. Morris no where near the player he used to be, Yenghi and Siziba struggled to provide any impression at all on the game, Tommy Hughes came in as an early 2nd half sub and gave us the extra energy to move up the pitch and his short sharp passing and moving game very much in flavour with the McKenna ethos. Humphrey’s strike superb and again a good all round display from Cameron who I think benefited with Hughes just in front complimenting him. Ward in and out of the game but did provide some nice runs. Clements took his goal superbly and got up to support the attack on this occasion but otherwise more of a quiet effective game rather than an outstanding performance for him. Second goal gave us a big lift in confidence and we then dominated but managed to keep compact and a clean sheet. Well done to John McGreal and lads, given Cardiff’s record this was a very good team performance.

Marinersnose added 16:44 - Jan 11
Excellent result for the boys against decent opponents. Pleased to see Humphreys and Clements both on the score sheet. Both should be knocking on the door for the first team squad as they are capable of performing at the required level. Clements for me is far better than Penny in every department. Patience is key.

Crinkle59 added 17:09 - Jan 11
Good display generally .Goals well tzken but a few too short pases in crowded areas intercepted.

Crinkle59 added 17:13 - Jan 11
Should be noted that also players out on loan who could add to this team, Simpson for one!

Nobbysnuts added 19:35 - Jan 11
Well done lads...

dirtydingusmagee added 21:45 - Jan 11
NICE ONE, well done lads ,UP THE TOWN !

Ipswichbusiness added 07:16 - Jan 12
I suspect that Coulson and Kenlock will move on in the summer, so Clements should advance up the pecking order.

Linkboy13 added 11:28 - Jan 12
Marinersnose Clements better Penney dont think so and neither does McKenna and i know who im backing. Apart from his first game Clements has looked out of his depth and if it wasn't for the fact he was an academy player you would be saying the same thing. Since McKenna took charge Penney has looked better but small minded people on here can't bring themselves to admit it . Like you i would prefer our academy players to play but at the moment they are not up to standard.

Pilgrimblue added 14:38 - Jan 12
Clements needs more time to develop. Perhaps now that we’ve got proper coaches he may make it.
In meantime Penny is showing up well but maybe new LB is under consideration.

Ipswichbusiness added 15:38 - Jan 12
At the moment we have four left-backs; Coulson, Penny, Kenlock, Clements (Burgess can play there in an emergency).

Coulson is a loan player who has played few games due to injury and Kenlock is out of contract in the summer having hardly played this season. I would expect both to go and one left-back to be signed. That would leave Clements third in the queue rather than fourth.

Marinersnose added 17:58 - Jan 12
Linkboy13 I never like to see players pull out of 50/50 balls. Unfortunately it’s a trait he has and therefore not good enough if the team want to move forward l I’m sure the manager has seen this trait , it’s blatantly obvious. I’m not small minded but I have a valid opinion based on seeing him at close quarters since his arrival. Doesn’t open up when defending either .

Linkboy13 added 18:30 - Jan 12
So McKenna doesn't know what he's doing Marinersnose. I agree left back is a position we need to strengthen but at the moment Penney is the best option. Clements is physically not strong enough and gets pulled out of position and Coulson is also not strong enough and is always going to be prone to injury. Perhaps you should inform McKenna of Penney's weakness im sure he'll be glad to hear from you after all you have seen him at close quarters .

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