Ipswich booked their place in the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy in emphatic style last night as they crushed Gillingham 4-0 at Portman Road.
Paul Lambert’s team, which showed nine changes from the one that started the weekend win at Fleetwood, needed just eight minutes to hit the front, Emyr Huws scoring his first goal for the club in nearly two and a half years. [via eadt.co.uk]
The lead was doubled on 21 minutes when Idris El Mizouni’s shot was blocked before the ball fell to Jordan Roberts, who dispatched it to the net. [via eadt.co.uk]
Ipswich went 3-0 up on the hour mark when El Mizouni’s corner bounced off the unfortunate Mikael Mandron and into the Gillingham net. [via eadt.co.uk]
The scoring was rounded off with three minutes to go when Will Keane finished neatly beyond Joe Walsh to wrap up a comprehensive home win. [via eadt.co.uk]
Lambert saw fit to make two half-time substitutions, bringing on Armando Dobra and Gwion Edwards for Roberts and Janoi Donacien respectively. [via Sky Sports]
The former made his presence felt in the second half, having an immediate impact by creating opportunities for Danny Rowe and El Mizouni. [via eadt.co.uk]
Having claimed two assists in Ipswich’s win over Tottenham under-21s in their previous EFL Trophy match, Dobra had another to his name last night as it was his pass which played through Keane for the concluding goal in the closing minutes.
While the 18-year-old’s name may not have been up in lights on the scoreboard, his performance did not go unnoticed by Andy Warren of the East Anglian Daily Times, who gave him a rating of seven and said that he was “busy throughout, again showing his promise“, in addition to noting the two chances that he set up shortly after his half-time introduction.
The Albanian midfielder had only made two first-team appearances for Ipswich prior to last night, but having influenced the game after coming on and having been included in the matchday squad for a couple of League One matches, his league debut may not be far away if he can continue making the most of his first-team opportunities as he has done in the EFL Trophy.
Ipswich fans, how impressed were you with Dobra’s contribution last night? Should he be given a chance in League One games? Have your say in the comments section below!
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