Ipswich Town starlets perform well in Burnley defeat

Burnley v Ipswich: Tyrone Mings and Jack Marriott made their Blues’ debuts in the final-day 2-0 defeat at Burnley and then reflected upon making the step up to the first team.

Two second half goals from Junior Stanislas and Martin Paterson saw Ipswich finish the season with defeat, but Mings and Marriott could be proud of their efforts.

Towering 20-year-old Mings played the entire game at left-back, behind Aaron Cresswell who had moved further forward, while Marriott was given his chance as a second half substitute.

Mings defended solidly throughout, while Marriott could have scored on a couple of occasions, but his header and then a long-range shot were both saved by Lee Grant.

Former mortgage advisor Mings, a signing from Chippenham towards the back end of last year, and Marriott, who has scored 26 goals this season for the under-18s and under-21s, both look to have bright futures and will hope to be knocking on Mick McCarthy’s door when the new campaign begins in August.

Reflecting on the game, the modest youngsters were both delighted to have been given their chance.

Mings said: “It was not quite as intense as the games where the team have been fighting for their lives but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and I thought I did well.

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“It was a shame about the result but personally, I was happy with my performance.

“Some of the atmospheres at some of the stadiums have been unbelievable this season and I want to play as regularly as I can next season.”

Marriott added: “My head is still buzzing and my tummy was doing somersaults before the game, but what an atmosphere and it was such an honour to come on in the last game of the season and make my debut.”

Read much more about Mings’ and Marriott’s sensational elevations into second-tier football in Monday and Tuesday’s East Anglian and Daily Times.