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Paderborn 3-2 Town - Match Report
Saturday, 6th Jul 2019 16:06

Jordan Roberts and Kayden Jackson were on target, the latter from the penalty spot, but the Blues were beaten 3-2 by new Bundesliga side SC Paderborn in their first pre-season friendly at the Stadion Laumeskamp in Delbrück.

New keeper Tomas Holy was among those to start, playing his first game for the Blues since his summer switch from Gillingham, with manager Paul Lambert fielding a different team in the two halves, each a mix of youth and experience.

Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes as Town arrived at around 2.20pm following a three-hour trip from their training base close to the Dutch border.

James Norwood, Alan Judge, Jon Nolan and Gwion Edwards were all in the stands with the injured Freddie Sears with none of them in action in today’s game.

Among the inexperienced players in the XI before the break was attacking midfielder Armando Dobra. The 18-year-old Albanian U19 international was getting his first taste of senior football.

Roberts, starting as the lone striker with Teddy Bishop behind him with Dobra on the left and Jack Lankester on the right, won an early freekick but Andre Dozzell’s ball looped beyond the far post.

Paderborn, also fielding a mix and match side rather than a full-strength line-up, had their first opporunity on three, a loose ball falling to Felix Drinkuth, but his shot flew well over Holy’s goal.

The game began in a more competitive manner than most early season friendlies with the Blues winning two more freekicks with a German defender blocking a low Dobra strike from one. A corner followed the second with a Jack Lankester shot looping into the arms of home keeper Michael Ratajczak.

From Ratajczak Paderborn broke very quickly, passing the ball slickly and Kai Pröger eventually smashed a shot to Holy’s right from the edge of the box and into the net before the Czech keeper could move.

Despite going behind the Blues continued to find openings, Dozzell and Bishop feeding in left-back Myles Kenlock, who scuffed well wide, then Dobra, who rounded the keeper before being dispossessed by a retreating defender.

On 16 after good work from Dozzell, playing in a deeper midfield role alongside skipper Cole Skuse, Bishop played in Roberts but the former Crawley man dallied when he should have taken the chance early and the opportunity was cut out.

Two minutes later, Paderborn doubled their lead. The Blues played themselves into trouble midway inside their half, Babacar Gueye profited and fed Tobias Schwede to his left, from where he shot across Holy.

Christian Strohdiek was booked for a foul on Roberts on 20 and picked up the game’s first yellow card. Dozzell’s shot from the freekick was headed out by a defender.

Myles Kenlock picked up Town’s first booking for a foul on lightning striker Streli Mamba as Paderborn threatened to score again but Schwede on this occasion scraped wide from an angle on the left.

Just after the half hour, Holy made his first save for Town, blocking from Mamba after Toto Nsiala had given the ball away on the edge of his own box.

The home side made it 3-0 in controversial circumstances in the 34th minute when Gueye escaped beyond the Blues’ backline - according to the linesman at least, however, he looked well offside - and slipped the ball past the advancing Holy. Town boss Lambert and assistant Stuart Taylor complained bitterly to the referee.

Two minutes later, Town pulled a goal back. Paderborn skipper and ex-Brighton man Uwe Hünemeier played a pass back to Ratajczak, who delayed his clearance from inside his six-yard box allowing Roberts to block it over the line to make the scoreline 3-1.

Klaus Gjasula shot well over for Paderborn, who having established such a commanding lead were well in control, although with the Blues battling away gamely and seeking to carve out openings when in the final third.

A minute before the scheduled end of the half the Blues again played themselves into trouble but Holy saved Sebastian Vasiliadis’s low shot. Just before the break Dobra was shown a yellow card for a high boot.

Town had started the game brightly, making the early running and might well have scored, until the home side netted their first goal on the break.

The second followed soon afterwards with the Bundesliga team capitalising on the Blues trying to play football in their own half and giving the ball away, something they did on more than one occasion.

When in the final third Town look capable of creating chances but not taking them, with new frontman Norwood in the stands. Roberts’s goal was down to the striker’s persistence and the keeper’s complacency.

The Blues’ second half XI warmed up on the pitch at the break with Paderborn also changing their entire team.

Emyr Huws, playing his first game for the senior side since December 2017, was in midfield with Flynn Downes and Idris El Mizouni, behind lone striker Kayden Jackson, with Danny Rowe on the right and Bailey Clements on the left.

Tristan Nydam was at left-back with Janoi Donacien right-back with skipper Luke Chambers and Corrie Ndaba the centre-halves.

Christopher Antwi-Adjei hit an early effort wide for Paderborn before Jackson saw an effort from the left of the area blocked. Huws was just prevented from getting to the rebound by a defender and the ball rebounded behind.

On 65 Jackson and Rowe interchanged passes and the ex-Lincoln loanee was just thwarted by the last defender as he darted on to a return ball.

Two minutes later, the pair almost combined again after Huws had sent Jackson away down the right but Rowe had strayed offside as the pass came in from the former Accrington striker.

After a mid-half drinks break, Town were awarded a penalty when Jackson was felled by Luca Killian having beaten him down the left. The frontman took the kick himself and rolled the ball to Jannik Huth’s left as the keeper dived to his right.

The second half had lacked the intensity of the first but after the goal it became more competitive. On 78 Downes, as feisty as ever in midfield, was booked for pulling back a Paderborn player as they broke.

As the game moved into its final 10 minutes right-back Donacien crowded out Cauly Oliviera Souza after he had been found in space in the box.

The second half XI passed the ball around neatly and for long spells in the closing stages although without creating an opportunity.

In the 88th minute, after Huws had chased back a long way to win the ball after a loss pass had been played behind him, Town again played themselves into problems in their own box forcing Bartosz Bialkowski, on his 32nd birthday, to save from Souza.

Neither side threatened again before the referee’s whistle ended a more than usually entertaining friendly.

There was little between the sides in the second half with Town making the scoreline a more respectable and not unrepresentative 3-2.

Jackson took his penalty well, however, as in the first period it was difficult to see from where Town might score with new striker Norwood likely to make his debut at the Interwetten Cup next Sunday.

SC Paderborn first half: Ratajczak, Hünemeier, Drinkuth, Strohdiek, Gjasula, Pröger, Schwede, Gueye, Mamba, Holtmann, Vasiliadis.

SC Paderborn second half: Huth, Rumpf, Ritter, Souza, Schonlau, Shelton, Kilian, Antwi-Adjei, Tawiah, Kapic, Hilßner.

Town first half: Holy, Emmanuel, Nsiala, Woolfenden, Kenlock, Skuse (c), Dobra, Bishop, Lankester, Dozzell, Roberts.

Town second half: Bialkowski, Donacien, Chambers (c), Ndaba, Nydam, Downes, Huws, Rowe, El Mizouni, Clements, Jackson. Att: 956.

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Leeco84 added 21:07 - Jul 6
A loss of revenue after relegation and people expecting a blow out of cash to buy new players. Get a grip. Reality check needed

paris_mitchell_in_oz added 21:08 - Jul 6
Stop rising to the bait people. Dolphin"blue." Simply an attention-seeking budgie troll. Moving swiftly most real fans will appreciate, this game was never meant to be anything other than a good pre-season workout. A good result against decent opposition.

Dolphinblue added 21:15 - Jul 6
Stop rising to the bait people says a man who then rises to the mitchell.....the voice of reason 🤔

Dolphinblue added 21:16 - Jul 6
But again says nothing 🤔

Cloddyseedbed added 21:25 - Jul 6
Leeco84. We have been relegated last season yes and of course a reality check is needed. Since the splashing of the cash with Roy Keane and Paul Jewell the club has been starved of funds and that has led to our slow gradual decline. That added to the sale of players once they show they have a worth is not a recipe for success as our league position backs up. I hope Paul Lambert sticks with us but I fear once PL see's his owner will not engage with him as much is necessary he will move on too. As I say I hope to be proved so wrong. Regarding todays result it is a chance for the squad to bond, put into practice certain things and gain match fitness. You can't read much into results, but you don't want to get tonked in pre-season really, not good for moral and confidence.

ITFCsince73 added 21:54 - Jul 6
I’d like to know what SWN98 is thinking, and has to say.
If he’s not to busy following Ireland around Europe......

Bluearmy_81 added 22:24 - Jul 6
A loss of revenue after relegation and people expecting a blow out of cash to buy new players. Get a grip. Reality check needed

Another 'fan' seemingly with passion and drive for the club left wanting. Very confusing, most fans demand the best for their club and worry about the owners bank balance far less (if at all.) These fans though... 🤔🙄 Good serfs

Jonnosdreadlocks added 23:11 - Jul 6
While Skuse and Chambers are playing the team will continue to decline, both need getting shot of.

RobITFC added 23:30 - Jul 6
Some ridiculous comments on here, it was a "Friendly" against a team basically 2 leagues above us, several players coming back from long term injuries, the first game of a very long season ahead, so those who are being negative just LEAVE this website for christ sake!

Dolphinblue added 23:37 - Jul 6
You leave 👍

RAW added 00:05 - Jul 7
So how many games did those senior 12 players that we have allegedly lost actually contribute on a regular basis?
Ward - sort of but then lost to serious injury
Gerkin - a few games but has been replaced by Holy
Knudson - agree not replaced yet
Collins - played a few games and could argue replaced by the returning and promising Wolfie
Adeyemi - zero contribution
Dawkins - minimal contribution
Spence - most fans rubbished him anyway and you argue replaced by returning Donacian
Chabolah - big contribution and not replaced
Harrison - replaced by Norwood
Quaner and Keane - handful of games between them
That's 11 who is the 12th I've missed?

As well as above mentioned players returning from loan (Wolfie, Donacian) we have Rowe and Robert's and there is also hopefully Huws returning from injury who if fit will be like a new signing on top of Holy and Norwood.

My point is that I just think some of those outgoing 11 or 12 players won't really be missed if you look at their overall contribution and games played and there are also a number of returning players who "should" be good enough for league one.

But also agree there are some gaps that need filling.

warktheline added 07:48 - Jul 7
Didn’t Lambert want his ‘new signings’ settled prior to German schedule ! You keep believing if it helps !!!!

@dolphinblue, finally ‘flipped’ what a joke you truly are!!! Summer of love!🤣

warktheline added 07:50 - Jul 7
....haters will hate flipper!

paris_mitchell_in_oz added 07:59 - Jul 7

Ipswichbusiness added 08:00 - Jul 7
I reckon that the full list of exits is;
Dean Gerken
Jonas Knudsen
Matthew Pennington
Trevoh Chalobah
Ellis Harrison
Jordan Spence
Will Keane
Grant Ward
Tom Adeyemi
Callum Elder
Connor Mckendry
James Collins
Chris Smith
James Bree
Collin Quaker
Simon Dawkins

To which you could add Tayo Eden and Jon Walters.

I know that many of them weren’t ours to sell, but the only one for which we received a significant fee was Harrison and he was sold at a loss.

Paul Lambert did say that the squad was too large. Dropping into League One meant that we had to cut costs and player wages were an obvious target. As others have pointed out, too many made modest contributions spending their time on the treatment table.

Dolphinblue added 08:49 - Jul 7
And still they can only insult....they have no other calling...incapable of any other path..bless them ❤

Dolphinblue added 08:55 - Jul 7
Hilarious when posters say 'l wasnt going to get involved'....and then do 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 and they ones who cannot handle the Dolphin so either insult or say 'he is a nodge or a Troll 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣....truth is they cannot handle the DOLPHIN 🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬❤❤❤❤❤

Dolphinblue added 08:57 - Jul 7
As ipsbusiness says 18 players gone......2 in...Judge gone.......l stand by what ive said JOKE! CUE INSULTS AND I WASNT GONNA GET INVOLVED BUT......Summer of Love ❤

midastouch added 09:44 - Jul 7
I think the full list is as follows (not bothered to include Walters or Edun):

Dean Gerken
Jordan Spence
James Bree
Matthew Pennington
James Collins
Jonas Knudsen
Callum Elder
Trevoh Chalobah
Tom Adeyemi
Grant Ward
Simon Dawkins
Ellis Harrison
Will Keane
Collin Quaner

As RAW points out above (and I had overlooked this a bit), a lot of those didn't make much impact last season. You could argue that goes a long way to explain why we got relegated. I think the key point here is we've been guilty of too much quantity but not enough quality. The only problem with quality is that you need to keep those players (i.e. Judge and Huws etc etc.) fit which hasn't been so easy for ITFC in some time. We've had no luck with injuries in that department in some time.
I don't think anybody is calling for another 10 replacements, if they are then they are clearly deluded. I think the key observation is that those of us that are a bit worried about the squad as it stands would like to see at least a couple more decent additions. I would particularly like to see a new defender for example. I do rate Wolfenden from what little I've seen of him, mainly the West Ham friendly last season. I'd gladly swap all of the above for 2 key players that make a season long contribution. Remember Matt Holland, he barely used to miss a game. We need some of those players that are automatics on the team sheet instead of all the tinkering. Last season under Hurst he was almost playing lucky dip with the starting line ups as he couldn't settle on a winning formula. You often find a direct correlation with managers that tinker too much with their starting line ups soon finding their team right near the bottom of the league!
So for a bit more clarity, I think what some of us are saying is we understand the squad needed trimming. You need to separate the wheat from the chaff and most of the 14 outs or however many there were exactly were chaff based on what they contributed last season. But some like Pennington and Chalobah weren't chaff and these are the sort we need replacing albeit with a decent loan or a permanent signing. And that might mean Marcus might need to dig into his pocket as Lambert does still need some extra help I think. Lambert has indicated several times he wanted to get business done early but there's been very little sign of that happening so it is a bit of a concern to me as I'd like to see Marcus back his man as far as is possible.

jas0999 added 09:48 - Jul 7
Good work out. Result largely irrelevant, but as TimmyH states, we do need to start a winning mentality at the club, particularly after spending the last season winning very few games.

Squad still needs strengthening in my opinion. Defence looks very suspect and could do with another striker, despite Roberts scoring a rare goal. Like others though I have very little faith that Evans will do any further business other than sales.

Bluearmy_81 added 09:52 - Jul 7
"Marcus back his man...?!!" Comedy gold that mate, thanks. 😂🤣😂
Seriously though, 'Marcus? ' Like he's your mate?! It makes me feel a bit queasy given what he's done to this club

midastouch added 09:59 - Jul 7
@ Bluearmy_81 I hate to disappoint you but I can assure you Marcus Heavens Above is not on my Xmas card list. It's been largely 10+ years of misery under his watch. But we're not at the start of the season yet, Lambert might still be able to get another couple of decent additions in the door. Let's see if we get any developments in the next couple of weeks although I have to say so far it seems some of our rivals are pushing the boat out more than Evans is prepared to do.

midastouch added 10:01 - Jul 7
I am just saying I'd rather we went for quality over quantity. You might have less eggs in your basket and so you need to nurse them carefully. But I'd rather have one Holland type player than 20 Dawkins!

midastouch added 10:02 - Jul 7
And looking at the above list of players, you'd of got as many games out of Holland in one season as those lot would of given you combined! :-)

midastouch added 10:09 - Jul 7
And I know times have changed in football but look at the most successful squad Sir Bobby Robson had. They went through a season with a settled squad playing stacks of fixtures. Those where the days when we'd get a long way into the cup competitions. One season they did it with a core squad of about 13 elite players playing almost every game between them. There wasn't all this crazy squad rotation. He signed just 18 senior players in 13 years. So Bobby understood the quality over quantity mantra better than I or anybody else is going to get it. I'd rather we follow Bobby's blueprint than any other.

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