Klug happy with win
Ipswich Town Youths 2Tottenham Hotspur 0Ipswich Town's kids will start as favourites on Wednesday in the second leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final against Spurs at White Hart Lane, writes David Vincent.
Ipswich Town Youths 2
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Ipswich Town's kids will start as favourites on Wednesday in the second leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final against Spurs at White Hart Lane, writes David Vincent.
Ipswich Academy director Brian Klug said they will be going there to play their normal attacking game and not try to defend the two-goal lead they gained at Portman Road last night.
Klug said: "We showed enough tonight to deserve our victory. We know we can play better than this but then Spurs will feel they can too. If they were to score the first goal on Wednesday it really would be game on.
"It was what we expected tonight, a very tough, competitive match.
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"It was an exciting game, not filled with goalmouth action but with enough to keep everybody interested and with quality from both teams. The lads will look forward to playing at White Hart Lane as Spurs did and enjoyed playing on a good pitch here. We'll be going there with a positive outlook and trying to win the game – not defend a 2-0 lead.
"We didn't play as well as we have in some games but you had to allow for the quality of the opposition. They started better than we did, but once we settled and got to grips with certain things we did well.
"Some of our football was very good at times. We have some very good players here and the fans saw that tonight."
Town's goalscorers were Billy Clarke, voted man of the match by the sponsors, and Liam Trotter.
Clarke said: "It was a great game to play in. We did OK, I thought. My goal got a bit of a deflection but I will take it. I fancy getting another at Tottenham to help us go through to the final. My family were all here behind the dug out, I could hear them."
And Trotter said: "I said before the game I wanted to score and this is my first goal in the FA Youth Cup, things keep getting better and better for me. I can hardly believe it.
"It was a good performance by the whole team. Now I have got some stability I just want to push on and take advantage of it."