Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy backs Jack Marriott to step up as a first team player following goalless pre-season draw with West Ham United

Jack Marriott drives at West ham defenders James Collins and James Tomkins. PHOTO: Steve Waller

Jack Marriott drives at West ham defenders James Collins and James Tomkins. PHOTO: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has backed young striker Jack Marriott to step up as a first team player this season.

Marriott impressed in a goalless draw with Premier League club West Ham at Portman Road tonight, the home crowd willing on the academy graduate every time he got the ball.

“We had some really good chances in the first half and of all the people in the club you’d have backed to have taken one it would have been Jack Marriott,” said McCarthy.

“It’s a different ball game though. He’s not in the Under-21s, he’s not at Woking (on loan), he’s in the first team and I could hear the crowd getting excited when he got the ball.

“He snatched at one and dragged it wide. It’s a different atmosphere and he’s got to transmit all he’s been doing in the Under-21s into the first team.

“I think he will because I thought he was pretty good tonight. He has to transfer that finishing and quality that he’s shown though.”

A number of other Town youngsters also caught the eye, including towering centre-back Matt Clarke and all-action central midfielder Teddy Bishop.

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“I think Teddy Bishop was excellent – he got about the pitch and made his tackles,” said McCarthy.

“Matt Clarke – is he anywhere near the first team with (Luke) Chambers, (Christophe) Berra and Tommy (Smith)? No. Is he progressing? Absolutely. He’s only 17 remember. I’m pleased with him. I thought the two young wingers – Alex Henshall and Cameron Stewart – did well too.”