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Smith and Webster Feature for U23s in Friendly Defeat at Charlton
Tuesday, 3rd Oct 2017 17:15

Central defenders Tommy Smith and Adam Webster were both in a Blues U23s side which lost 3-0 to Charlton in a behind-close-doors friendly at the League One club’s Sparrows Lane training ground this afternoon.

Smith played an hour of first game since suffering a hamstring injury in training in August having made his only senior appearance of the campaign so far in the opening day victory over Birmingham City at Portman Road.

Webster, who completed the full 90 minutes against the Addicks, has played two previous U23s games and was a second-half sub for the first team during Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Bristol City having picked up an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup tie at Luton, also in August.

Myles Kenlock and Ben Folami were also among those involved for the Blues, while winger Mark Marshall scored twice for Charlton and Freddy Yao the home side's third goal.

Town’s U23s, who are coached by Gerard Nash, are currently third in the Professional Development League Two South and face Bristol City in their next fixture at Portman Road on Monday (KO 7pm).

Meanwhile, Town are in the early stages of organising a big screen event at Portman Road which will take place in the close season.

The club is keeping tightlipped on the precise nature of the event but it’s understood to have a direct connection to the Blues but also to football more widely.

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ArnieM added 17:51 - Oct 3
Oh well that bodes well for our future defence.

bontcho added 18:00 - Oct 3
With the 40th anniversary of the FA Cup win would the club be planning to show that on the big screen?

SitfcB added 18:10 - Oct 3
England World Cup games on a big screen on the pitch....?

cat added 18:47 - Oct 3
Need them both back and in the starting line up pronto!! Not sure whether Smith will be much of an improvement on Chambo though, as being my usual brutal honest self, in reality, neither of them are much cop and certainly not footballers in the sense of actually being able to pass the ball. Anyone who witnessed Saturdays games will probably agree that Chambers was horrendously uncomfortable on the ball every time the opposition got within 10 yards of him, and that's the reason 'hoofball' made a cameo appearance. I said it at the start of the season and I'm gonna stick by it, our defence will be our Achilles heal this season, shame, as there's plenty of positives in midfield and attack, and of course the youth coming through

Daleyitfc added 19:16 - Oct 3
It will be the Bobby Robson film, I would guess : maybe as a preview showing.

PJH added 19:16 - Oct 3
Isn't there are documentary being made about SBR-premier at Portman road perhaps?

dirtydingusmagee added 21:41 - Oct 3
i thought it would be '' Escape to Victory ''

harlingblue added 02:42 - Oct 4
A slightly better result than that our so called 1st got? Good to see that Webster and Smith got some game time, both will be way behind fitness wise for Championship football. Smith is our best defensive header of the ball and Webster is the most comfortable on the ball, if you could blend them both?

bobble added 08:06 - Oct 4
wallabies v pumas on the big screen ?

Seasider added 14:24 - Oct 4
Pity Kenlock seems to be out of favour with 'him who knows everything about football'

Don't think he is any worse than the other full backs we have;but what do I know compared to 'Mick the Marvellous !!!

Pilgrimblue added 20:40 - Oct 4
Well it was only a friendly so maybe getting Smith and Webster some time is a plus. But I agree with Cat that our defense is our weakness so relying on scoring more than we let in is dangerous. Neither Smith nor Chambers are natural ball players. as they were the main culprits of hoofing. We need players that can link up from back to front, not chasing aimless hoofs. Recent long passes have been welcome.
Trouble is that Webster looks very rusty but at least Spence has shown good form as has Jonas (as CB).

runningout added 22:51 - Oct 4
Not sure what to make of our defence if I’m honest. Bit of luck and they might pull their socks up and be more useful

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