Ipswich 2 Pompey 2: Blues staff joy at progress

Young Pompey striker Conor Chaplin   Picture: Joe Pepler
Young Pompey striker Conor Chaplin Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey delivered an FA Cup display to make their supporters proud against Ipswich.

And the fact 2,500 travelling fans went home happy from Portman Road is providing comfort for the men overseeing the club’s on-field progress.

We want to make those supporters proud first and foremost.

Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson

Blues assistant manager, Leam Richardson, reflected with pride on the manner of his side’s performance in the 2-2 draw.

Pompey were, by all accounts, the better side against the Tractor Boys in a performance full of positives.

And Richardson admitted pleasure that the demands of carrying the club forward are currently largely being met.

He said: ‘We know our theories on the game and stand by them.

‘We want to make those supporters proud first and foremost.

‘The manager wants to work them hard and put demands on those players.

‘They’ve performed and stepped up to the level.

‘We are pleased about that. Long may that continue.

‘The fans were exceptional again. They never disappoint you.

‘I was told about them before I arrived and I hope we are delivering for them on certain levels.’

Pompey now have a replay against Mick McCarthy’s side to look forward to.

And Richardson told the Championship outfit the Blues will be ready for them in the return.

He said: ‘The league is the bread and butter.

‘We know our job is to be as successful as we can be in the league.

‘But it was a pleasing performance and we are looking forward to the replay at Fratton Park.

‘Of course it’s going to be a good occasion and it will bring good finance to the club.

‘We will turn up at Fratton Park and expect a good game again.’

Saturday’s game saw Cook throw on youngsters in the second half in the shape of Conor Chaplin, Brandon Haunstrup and Adam May.

While Ipswich chased the game with their experienced players – Freddie Sears, Ryan Fraser and Tommy Smith – the Blues trio had an average age of just 18.

The showed they weren’t overawed by the occasion for one minute, however.

Richardson said: ‘One of the kids (Chaplin) scores again.

‘The gaffer has been champing at the bit to play Adam May, too.

‘He wants to push these lads and see what their application and endeavour is like.

‘He wants to see them in surroundings like Ipswich.

‘They have come through the test and can hold their heads up high.’