Ainsley tipped to bounce back from horror debut

IPSWICH TOWN: It might have been a full debut he will never forget – for all the wrong reasons.

But Jack Ainsley has been backed to bounce back in the wake of the 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Peterborough United on Saturday.

Ainsley, whose dad and brother both played for Ipswich’s youth side, endured a gruelling 90 minutes as part of the Town backline that were torn apart in full view of the Sky cameras.

But one person who is still backing the local boy to come good is fellow former youth team player Ryan Bennett, who starred for Peterborough five years after being released by Ipswich.

Bennett said: “There is still a couple of staff I get along with – I know young Jack Ainsley who made his debut and Tommy Smith who came to the club just before I left.

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“It is disappointing to see Jack’s debut go like that. He’s a good player and it is not nice to be thrown into that situation.

“But I am sure he will learn from that, bounce back and be a good player in the future.”

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With manager Paul Jewell’s defensive options currently limited at best, Ainsley could find himself back in the centre of the defence when Leeds United visit on Saturday.

A lot will depend on whether �var Ingimarsson can recover from his thigh strain or, as importantly, whether Jewell can finally end his search for a new defender or two.

Another option is to move Ainsley back into his more favoured right-back position and push Carlos Edwards further forward in place of the suspended Lee Martin. The club confirmed yesterday they would not be appealing against either of the red cards on Saturday.

Admitting he looks forward to facing his old club, Bennett added: “After Keith Andrews bolted it in off the post, we came back and scored four in the first half and I don’t think there was anything they could do with 11 men.

“And when they had two men sent off, it was game over from there.

“Ipswich have had a bad start. It’s up to them to turn it around. I am sure they will. They should, on paper, be a top class team in this division and be up there.”

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