Scott's got what it takes says Willie

FORMER international full-back Willie Donachie today said that there is nothing in the way of rookie defender Scott Barron making it to the big time.

FORMER international full-back Willie Donachie today said that there is nothing in the way of rookie defender Scott Barron making it to the big time, writes Elvin King.

And the Ipswich Town assistant manager forecasted that breeding their own talent is a way around the lack of financial clout - a problem that looks like affecting the Blues for a number of years to come.

Donachie is convinced the good times will return given the quality that abounds in the Town academy.

Donachie said after the latest

discovery - 20-year-old Barron - had given another polished display at left back in the 1-1 Championship draw against Sheffield United on Saturday: “Scott has the qualities to make it to the top. There is nothing in his way.

“His attitude is great, and he is very good player. He has been impressive since he came into the side.”

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Barron started his third consecutive game against the Blades after also doing well at Stoke and against Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

Sito Castro was again left on the bench.

Donachie, a former Scotland defender, stressed that there is no let up in young talent coming off the conveyor belt at the Ipswich Town youth set up.

Donachie added: “A club that

produced the likes of George Burley, John Wark and Kevin Beattie has a tradition of bringing on its own


“We are carrying on those traditions, but it takes time and there has to be a certain amount of patience.

“Football is all about winning these days, but it is relative and while Manchester United might base their season on winning the Premiership, our success might be gauged on a stabilising season - and perhaps the play-offs.

“I look upon us as an up-market Crewe, producing our own players but with much more potential - and success will come.

“The recent money re-structuring means that we will not have to part with any players we don't want to see go.”

Ipswich's potential is highlighted in the fact that only Sheffield Wednesday had a higher attendance in the Championship. And three clubs had lower crowd figures in the top flight.

Reflecting on Saturday's game, Donachie, who stood in for Joe Royle post-match as the manager was

suffering from a bad back. added: “A draw was a fair result on Saturday, but if Danny Haynes had scored from his chance I am sure we would have won.

“We possess a lot of potential and once Gavin Williams gets used to his team-mates and Alan Lee settles in more it will get better.

“If Danny Haynes makes the same progress in the next 12 months as he has in the previous 12 months he will be some young player come 2007.

“Alan Lee did well, but needs support around him, and overall the draw was good for us.”

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock said: “It would have been a travesty if we had not got something from the game.

“It is 1975 when we last won at Portman Road and this was another tricky match out of the way. Ipswich were lifted by their new signing and Jimmy Juan scored a stunning goal.

“Apart from that Ipswich did not threaten and they needed to defend well on two occasions to stop us scoring in the first period.

“When Danny Haynes came on he made it a better game as it meant the midfield was less stifled.

“Danny Webber made it a nerve-racking equaliser as I thought he was going to shoot three times before he did. At the end of the match neither team deserved to lose.”

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