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Ipswich Town planning to give opportunities to youngsters against Gillingham

Ipswich Town's assistant manager Stuart Taylor is hoping tomorrow's clash with Gillingham in the EFL Trophy will provide valuable first-team experience for some of the younger players at the club, writes Jacob Henderson.

The Blues face the Gills at Portman Road looking to pick up their first points in the competition, following a 2-1 loss at home to Arsenal U21s in the opening game.

"It's crucial that younger players get an opportunity to see what first-team football is like," said Taylor.

Stuart Taylor, Ipswich Town's assistant manager. Picture: ITFC
Stuart Taylor, Ipswich Town's assistant manager. Picture: ITFC

"The competition was beneficial to us last year in that respect. We see the lads out training but it's not the same as seeing them out there in a proper match.

"They need to show what they can do. The difference to last season is that there's no crowd, but putting the shirt on will mean a lot to those players.

"We picked up a couple of injuries at the weekend as well so again there is even more of an opportunity for the younger lads."

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