Sammy: It was a bit of gamesmanship

IPSWICH Town Under-18s booted holders Arsenal out of the FA Youth Cup in style at Barnet's Underhill last night.

Carl Marston

IPSWICH Town Under-18s booted holders Arsenal out of the FA Youth Cup in style at Barnet's Underhill last night.

The Gunners were caught cold by goals inside the first 12 minutes from Ronan Murray and Connor Wickham, and they never really recovered.

In fact, Town were terrific value for their 2-0 win. Their reward is a home tie in the fifth round against another Premier League outfit, Fulham.

Academy manager Sammy Morgan was delighted with his team's overall performance, and he also explained why star player Wickham was not included in the official team-sheet, which caught a lot of people off their guard, including a few scouts!

“Connor had a slight strain from Saturday, so we decided to give him a late run, but I suppose you could say it was also a bit of gamesmanship by me,” revealed Morgan.

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“But this was all about a great team performance. We had desperately wanted to get Saturday's game on, against Southampton, to avoid being rusty.

“And it did the trick. We thought that Arsenal might be rusty, because their game was called off.

“We got at them early and had chances to score even before we got our goals. It was then a case of could we hang on in the second half, chasing the ball around, and Arsenal didn't really have any clear-cut chances.

“Tom Eastman defended well and Mirko Ranieri made some good saves. We got in some good blocks and it was a fully-committed performance.

“It was a great result,” added Morgan.

Town first team boss Roy Keane was at Underhill to witness this great triumph, though his opposite number Arsene Wenger was a notable absentee.

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