Josh Yorwerth delighted with his recovery as he marks his Ipswich Town debut with a goal

Josh Yorwerth is congratulated by his teammates after equalising for Ipswich

Josh Yorwerth is congratulated by his teammates after equalising for Ipswich - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Defender Josh Yorwerth was delighted to recover from a tough start to his Ipswich Town career to cap his debut with a goal in tonight’s 2-1 Capital One Cup first round win over Stevenage.

Josh Yorwerth celebrates his goal

Josh Yorwerth celebrates his goal - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The young Welshman, making his senior debut following his move from Cardiff in the summer, admitted he was at fault for the League Two side’s opener, which ultimately went in off Christophe Berra’s shins, but responded well as he headed home Town’s equaliser after the break as he met Ryan Fraser’s corner.

Yorwerth thought he grew into this evening’s contest and, despite his delight at scoring his first senior goal, was more pleased his effort helped guide Ipswich into the second round.

“It was a bit of a shaky start, but the only way to rectify it is by scoring and making sure we won the game tonight and that’s what we did,” he said.

“I’ve not played in this intensity before but I grew into the game I think after my individual game started off a little shaky. But I won my headers and got the goal which was really pleasing for me, and even more pleasing is that we got the second and got through in 90 minutes to get through to the next round.

“I’m pleased with the goal, especially from my first goal which I look as as my mistake, I should have defended better in the box but I rectified it.

“The most important thing is that we’re through to the next round, the second goal was great, the way we passed it was great and it was a really nice goal.”

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Dipo Akinyemi and then Brett Williams provided Yorwerth with a thorough test of pace and strength throughout the 90 minutes, with the youngster prefering the more physical battle he had with Williams in the second period.

Josh Yorwerth

Josh Yorwerth - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

“They changed things up a bit and the nine (Williams) who came on was strong and was good in the air, but I think I dealt with him a little better because he was marking me rather than me marking him,” he said.

“Nobody’s going to beat me in the physical side of things because I’m strong, I was happy when he wanted a fight because I knew I could win it.”

The defender was as perplexed as the majority of the players, staff and supporters by a late penalty decision, where Berra’s coming together with Dean Parrett ultimately resulted in a drop ball despite referee Fred Graham initially pointing to the spot, but was just pleased to secure safe passage through to the next round.

“I didn’t know the referee could go back on his word like that, the linesman gave something which I thought was an indirect free-kick,” he said.

“If it had been a penalty and they’d scored it would probably have been another 30 minutes and anything can happen, so we’re thankful it didn’t come to that.”

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