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Emyr Huws impresses on Ipswich Town return for under 23 side

PUBLISHED: 17:17 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 30 October 2017

Emyr Huws is not available for Ipswich Town's clash with Preston. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Emyr Huws is not available for Ipswich Town's clash with Preston. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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Emyr Huws made his first appearance in an Ipswich shirt this season as Town’s under 23’s were held to a 1-1 draw with Colchester United at Playford Road this afternoon, writes Kieren Standley.

Ipswich Town players celebrate Monty Patterson's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town players celebrate Monty Patterson's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Huws, who had been recovering from a serious Achilles injury suffered in pre-season, completed the full 90 minutes for Gerard Nash’s side.

Town’s first chance of the game came through great link up play between the front three. Ben Morris played Monty Patterson down the right channel and his cutback found Ben Folami, who turned and shot wide.

Ipswich Town midfielder Emry Huws completed the full 90 minutes Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town midfielder Emry Huws completed the full 90 minutes Picture: ROSS HALLS

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Town were fortunate not to be behind just before half time. Colchester striker Eoin McKeown found himself one on one after a mistake from George Fowler but with just Crowe to beat, his shot cannoned off the post.

Huws will play for the Under 23s again on Monday and then go away with Wales. Picture: ROSS HALLS Huws will play for the Under 23s again on Monday and then go away with Wales. Picture: ROSS HALLS

In an even first half with few chances, the returning Huws showed no signs of rustiness and put in a tidy performance in a slightly deeper role than he may have been used to.

Six minutes after the restart and Town took the lead. Patterson raced on to a Folami through ball and drilled his shot past Wilks to make it 1-0 to the Blues.

Ipswich Town forward Ben Morris. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town forward Ben Morris. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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It could have been 2-0 just a matter of seconds later. Morris found himself through on goal down the left wing following a lucky deflected pass but he hesitantly shot straight at the keeper.

Just over an hour had gone when Huws showed his quality, dispatching a beautiful floated through ball to Patterson but the New Zealand international wasted the opportunity with a poor cross.

The U’s had themselves a few half chances late in the second half and were level around eight minutes from time when Tommy O’Sullivan skipped past the Town back line and curled his shot excellently into the top left corner.

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Mick McCarthy will be delighted to see Huws complete his first 90 minutes in almost six months, having already suggested he may be available for selection for this Saturday’s game against Preston North End at Portman Road.

Huws has struggled with an Achilles injury all season. Picture: ROSS HALLS Huws has struggled with an Achilles injury all season. Picture: ROSS HALLS

His match fitness will come into question but on today’s showing, he would be worthy of a place on the bench, providing a huge boost for the Blues.

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