Adam Webster well-versed on cup shocks as Ipswich Town aim to avoid Luton Town humbling

Adam Webster (right) tackles Ipswich Town's Brett Pitman, during Pompey's 2-1 FA Cup win in January

Adam Webster (right) tackles Ipswich Town's Brett Pitman, during Pompey's 2-1 FA Cup win in January 2016.

The boot will be on the other foot for Adam Webster tonight, with the Blues defender poised to make his first start of the season.

The 22-year-old heads with his team-mates to Kenilworth Road, to take on a buoyant Luton Town, who hammered visiting Yeovil, 8-2, in their League Two opener on Saturday.

The Hatters will be full of confidence and Town, who started their Championship season with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City, know all about cup humiliation.

During manager Mick McCarthy’s time at the club, the Blues have won just two of 15 cup games, losing nine, and have been victim of giant-killings against the likes of Stevenage, Crawley and, infamously, Lincoln City.

Then-League Two side Portsmouth also turned Town over in an FA Cup replay, after the original game at Portman Road ended in a draw.

Playing for Pompey in those games was none other than Webster, whose performances convinced McCarthy to bring him to Portman Road in a £750,000-plus deal, in the summer of 2016.

“These games are always difficult and the lower league team wants to get one over the Championship side and show what they are capable of,” said Webster.

“But we have got experience in the dressing room and we know what to expect.

“It’s a cliché, but it is like a cup final for the lower league players, you want to test yourself against better players and, you want to do well and beat them.”

A late substitute on Saturday, Webster spent the second half of last season sidelined with an ankle injury and tweaked the same area again in pre-season.


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He is right-footed, but adept to playing on the left in a three or four-man backline.

“(Centre-backs) Tommy (Smith) and Luke (Chambers) are very experienced at this level and have played a lot of games together, but if it’s a back-four I want to make sure I am playing,” he added.

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“I played for a season at left-sided centre-half at Portsmouth, so I am comfortable either side.

“Tommy is left-footed and Chambo (right-footed, Luke Chambers) likes playing on the left and we had that little argument in pre-season.

“If it’s me and Chambo in a four-man backline, then that’s an argument we have got to have!

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