Ipswich Town’s dismal summer continued last night as they were beaten at home by Arsenal U21s in the EFL Trophy.
Paul Lambert put out a strong-looking squad, perhaps with one eye on this weekend’s first League One fixture, but he may well have to have a serious rethink after a tepid display. It’s not a competition they’ll lose much sleep over being beaten in, but the manner of the defeat and the personnel who suffered it will concern supporters.
It all seemed to be going well for the Tractor Boys when Jon Nolan gave them a first-half lead, but Arsenal’s kids rallied levelling through George Lewis just before half time. Folarin Balogun netted for the visitors early in the second half and despite James Norwood’s late effort that was cleared off the line, that’s how it remained.
Assistant boss Stuart Taylor was on media duty, and he wasn’t too disappointed with the outcome.
“The scoreline was disappointing but the way we went about our job was good. It was pleasing,” he told iFollow Ipswich. “We ended up with seventeen shots or something like that, which was very good and it was pleasing in that sense.
“The League is our priority. It was last season and it’s no different this season. We will try and stay in the cups as long as we can.”
That might be the way the management team think, but fans on Twitter have not been so forgiving. They’re not used to playing Under 21 sides in cups, indeed up until a few seasons ago it was their kids competing in this tournament. Now, it’s their senior team being beaten by youths and some supporters are not happy, not one bit.
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One of the most embarrassing defeats of the past few years, and that’s saying something
— James (@Simpsonitfc) September 8, 2020
See lambert has a problem now, for me that was almost going to be the team he wanted to put out on Sunday. Unfortunately they have proved to be back to their useless ways again
— Ryan Martin (@rjmartin1985) September 8, 2020
Pointless game pointless competition. Dont understand why everyone is moaning
— Mike Carter (@michaelcarter94) September 8, 2020
idk might have something do with that we put out a strong team and still got turned over by a youth team.
— Joe Ingram (@Joe_Ingram12) September 8, 2020
So much for Paul Lambert saying after Saturdays game he won’t change a winning side, But who really cares about the EFL cup , Not Ipswich
— Nick King (@King66Nick) September 8, 2020
Poor performance and a poor result. Didn’t really much at all especially second half. I know it’s just the EFL Trophy I’m disappointed we should be beating these teams
— Dan Harvey (@itfcdan01) September 8, 2020
Just when you think this club can't drop any lower, they go and prove you wrong, embarrassing
— Smiffy (@Smiffy_2010) September 8, 2020