Willie calls for patience

IPSWICH Town assistant-manager Willie Donachie has warned Blues fans not to expect too much too quickly from Canadian international winger Jaime Peters.

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town assistant-manager Willie Donachie has warned Blues fans not to expect too much too quickly from Canadian international winger Jaime Peters.

The highly-rated 18-year-old is due to arrive in England on Tuesday after winning his appeal for a work permit to be granted but will not be rushed into the first team reckoning and it is unlikely he will be involved against Cardiff City.

Donachie said: “The supporters need to be realistic about Jaimie. He is young and has potential but we have to be a little patient.

“We won't put too much pressure on him but they may be from outside. We see him as along term prospect although hopefully he can do it straight away.

“I have seen him in training and he has a lot of potential. He has played for Canada at a young age but it is just potential.

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“We have got to get him here and get him fit. We need players for next week not next moth or next year. Hopefully he will come in and set the place on fire but we have to wait and see.

“It is too early to tell if he will be involved against Cardiff. We will get him here first and integrate him into the team first.”

The 2-1 loss against Prima Liga side was Town's fourth straight pre-season defeat and Donachie admits that can affect morale but there were positives to take from the preparations so far.

He said: “I hate losing but I would rather lose now and learn than in the league. As long as we win next week that will be more important.

“We need a win to get that belief and confidence back because any loss drags people down. But you have to be realistic and the Spanish side are a league ahead of us and at times we made good chances and held our own against a top team. So it was not all doom and gloom.”

Keeper Lewis Price was one of those bright moments as he made a string of top class saves.

Donachie said: “Lewis was fantastic and I'm really delighted for him and I hope he can go on from here.

“This is only the start for Lewis but he is showing signs of being a really good goalkeeper.”

Dean McDonald made his first home start for Town's senior team and played a part in Ian Westlake's opening goal before Mateja Kezman equalised and Pablo Ibanez headed in the Spaniards' second -half winner.

The former Arsenal trainee said: “I saw Ian making the run out of the corner of my eye and so I looked to get the first-time pass into him.

“I was pleased with my input and the whole team performance, especially first half. Once we went one up, I felt we could have gone on a won the game.

“They were a top team with world class players, so I was delighted to get the chance to test myself against players of that calibre.”

Triallist Luis Rodriguez, known as Sito Castro, was taken off at half-time but the initial indications are Town will try and keep him for a bit longer and Joe Royle intends talking to his agent today.

Ipswich complete their pre-season programme with a trip to Layer Road, on Tuesday to play League One side Colchester United in Brian Owens' testimonial.

Match report - Pages 50&51

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