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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Ipswich Reaction

The Under-23s beat Ipswich in their opening fixture...

17 August 2021

The Sky Blues Under-23s secured victory in their opening fixture of the season, as they came away from Portman Road with all three points.

City had taken the lead against Ipswich Town when Fabio Tavares linked up with Matty Godden to find the back of the net.

The Tractor Boys did pull one back midway through the second half, but City responded well and Marco Rus picked out Josh Pask who flicked it past the ‘keeper to secured a 2-1 win.

Speaking after the final whistle, Under-23s Head Coach Luke Tisdale spoke about both goal scorers for the afternoon.

“It was an unbelievable finish from Josh Pask. George Burroughs keeps the ball alive and finds Marco Rus and his ball into the box is flicked on by Pask and it’s a great finish.

“Fabio took his goal well and I think he will be disappointed that he didn’t come away with more, but he gives us lots of energy and he’s been a good addition for the under-23s.

“He’s developing well, there’s a still a few things he needs to work on and we’ve had some individual meetings with him. Andy Young the fitness coach is doing work with him in the gym to make him more physically capable.”

It was almost a full strength 23s group for the trip to Ipswich, which also included striker Matty Godden in the starting eleven.

Godden played 45 minutes as he looks to build up his match fitness following his recovery from an injury he sustained back in April of this year.

“It was quite a strong under-23s line-up and Matty Godden got 45 minutes and it was a typical performance from him.

“He was full of energy and aggression, and he played up top with Fabio Tavares and was probably unlucky not to score.

“He didn’t want to come off, he wanted to keep playing, but he got through it all fine and he will probably be back around first team training later this week.”

The 23s also got the chance to finally welcome some new faces into the side, with the additions of summer signings Marco Rus and Ricardo Dinanga.

The duo joined from Southampton and Cork City respectively and they both featured against Ipswich, alongside last seasons Under-18s, Harrison Nee and George Burroughs, who both signed their first professional deals in the summer to link-up with the Sky Blues.

“We’ve added a couple of players this summer. Marco Rus is one of those and he played the full 90 minutes, and he was full of energy and he presses well and he’s a very good technician and we have a nice balance in there with Jonny Ngandu.

“Ricardo Dinanga came on at half-time for Matty Godden, and he’s more of a winger but he played up front for us in the second half.

“He’s just come back from Covid so he was short of breath at times, but he worked hard and put a shift in.

“All the substitutes that came on impacted the game and the duo who we took from the under-18s, George Burroughs and Harrison Nee, they both did really well.

“Harrison will count himself unlucky not to score as the ‘keeper has made a good save.”


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