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Chelsea coach Viveash gives credit to young U’s

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 December 2012

Tony Humes, who saw his Colchester United Under-18s side push Chelsea very close on Saturday

Tony Humes, who saw his Colchester United Under-18s side push Chelsea very close on Saturday

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COLCHESTER United Under-18s gave their illustrious visitors a scare, before bowing out of the FA Youth Cup at the third round stage, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday.

The U’s had knocked Chelsea out of the same competition, at the same stage, in 2004, when current first team boss Joe Dunne was in charge of the youth set-up.

Speed on eight years and the U’s under-18s, under Academy manager, Tony Humes, pushed the Londoners very close.

Chelsea led 2-1, after a crazy six-minute spell at the start of the game, and although they had extended that to 3-1 before half-time, the U’s rallied in the second period and almost poached a late equaliser.

In fact, Chelsea youth coach Adi Viveash was full of praise for the Essex hosts.

“We have got to give Colchester credit for sticking at it. In the end, we had the mentality to dig deep,” insisted Viveash.

“In the first half we were really good and could have had a few more goals, but then Colchester scored and they were back in it.”

Islam Feruz broke the deadlock after just two minutes, only for the U’s to respond quickly through an equaliser by Jack Simmons.

Drey Wright’s snap shot forced a corner, and from this set piece Simmons swept home from close in.

Chelsea regained the lead almost straight away, via a sixth minute effort from Lewis Baker.

And it was 3-1 by the 26th minute, thanks to another goal by Baker, this time from the penalty spot after Billy Roast had fouled Feruz in the box.

The visitors struck the woodwork, either side of half-time, but could not add to their lead, and the U’s ensured an absorbing last half-hour by making it 3-2 on 55 minutes.

Wright set the move in motion, and Macauley Bonne’s low cross was converted by Sammie Szmodics.

Bonne came close to an equaliser, only for his header to be safely caught by keeper Mitchell Beeney. There were also opportunities for Kent and Nwachuku.

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Trevoh Chalobah was proud to captain England Under 20s in their 2-0 victory over Germany at Colchester on Monday night but has already turned his attention to Ipswich Town’s Friday clash with West Brom.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

Paul Lambert is confident Ipswich Town can quickly overturn their five point deficit if they continue the progress they have made in the early weeks of his reign.

Ipswich Town’s Under-23s beat their Crystal Palace counterparts 5-2 at Playford Road this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his observations.

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