Right decision – managers in agreement

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell and his Colchester United counterpart John Ward both agreed that it was the right decision to abandon tonight’s pre-season friendly following a horror injury to U’s midfielder Andy Bond.

With the game still goalless after a lively opening 78 minutes, Bond came off worse in a sickening clash of heads with home keeper Mark Cousins as both players went for the ball just outside the box.

At one point it was announced that an ambulance would be needed on the pitch as he lay unconscious, but in the end he was helped badly bloodied from the field.

“It was a no-brainer,” said Jewell. “It was a pre-season friendly and the most important thing is obviously the lad’s well-being.”

Home boss Ward waved his hand dismissively at the 1,500 visiting Blues supporters after a number were heard booing at the decision, with a minority even getting involved in some unsavoury chanting.

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“The fact the boy (Bond) walked off was just a major bonus,” he said. “He was in a very bad way and needs to go to hospital to have his head checked over.

“As far as I’m concerned the Colchester United fans were totally respectful and it’s up to other people to be responsible for their own actions.”

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Three other Colchester players – Magnus Okuonghae, Kayode Odejayi and Cousins – also received cuts to the head in an eventful match.

– Full match report and more reaction in tomorrow’s EADT and Evening Star.

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