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·5 October 2022

Mark Bonner offers Ipswich Town verdict after Cambridge United loss

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Ipswich Town sealed another win in emphatic fashion last night, with the club bagging a 3-0 victory over Cambridge United in League One.

The Tractor Boys have been flying high in the third tier so far this campaign and racked up another three points last night to keep them in second place.

It was a goal from Tyreece John-Jules and a brace from Kyle Edwards that tipped the fixture in their favour and Cambridge boss Mark Bonner has now admitted to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that Kieran McKenna’s team are a ‘brilliant’ side and that they have ‘excellent players.’

Since the former Manchester United coach took over at Portman Road last season, the side have been transformed. He made an immediate impact with Ipswich and led them up the table and whilst they couldn’t break into the play-offs, they were arguably one of the teams to beat in the second half of the campaign.

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It made them the favourites for promotion this season – and they’ve so far lived up to that billing, having lost only one of their League One fixtures so far.

Their bid for a promotion rumbled on in midweek with this excellent victory over Cambridge and with the U’s themselves doing well – they’re in the top half of the division and had won two of their last four prior to facing the Tractor Boys – it shows just how superb McKenna’s side can be.

Despite losing the fixture, Bonner has now heaped the praise on Ipswich and said: “If anyone finishes above them in the league, they’ve done well. You know you’re going to have to come here and make quite a lot out of a little, in terms of chances and ball possession, and we weren’t able to do that.

“The clock wouldn’t tick fast enough for us in the second half. But there’s no disgrace at all, they are a brilliant team, flooded with excellent players that kept getting stronger as the game went on.”

The Verdict

Bonner has himself done a fantastic job with Cambridge but even opposition managers are now clearly becoming aware of just how solid Ipswich have become under  McKenna.

The side have been hard to beat and one of the most eye-catching in terms of their style of football and picking up results too. They may have finally been handed a loss against Plymouth the other week but that doesn’t signify a change in how good they are or how many points they will pick up.

Instead, the club sealed another win against Cambridge in midweek and didn’t just scrape by but absolutely dominated too. They have shown they can create chances and score goals from multiple avenues and that is always a valuable factor to have in a team that wants to be looking at a promotion.

Praise from Bonner is high praise too, considering just how well he has done with his own U’s outfit.

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