Under-23 head coach Martin Devaney hailed his side after they fought to a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town on Tuesday afternoon.

With several regulars unavailable, a young Reds team entered the field at Oakwell Training Ground to take on the Tractor Boys.

Some even had to play in different positions in order to fill in the gaps left by those absent.

Fabio Jalo came off the bench to open the scoring in the second half before Ipswich equalized thanks to Tawanda Chirewa.

“I am delighted,” said Devaney. “I think it was a fantastic performance. Obviously we had to change and move away from our identity a bit, just to help the players because they were so young and there were a few players missing in key positions.

“We had a lot of players playing out of position so the way they adjusted to the problem was fantastic.”

“We found solutions in the game and I think in the end they probably had the ball a little more than us, which was normal. continued Devaney. “But we blocked really well and we were a threat on the block, and we really should have scored more goals.”

Although the hosts don’t have much field experience, they have shown admirable maturity against a dangerous side from Ipswich.

Devaney believes the experience at the Under-23 level will benefit some of the younger players in the future.

“It’s a great experience,” added our U23 head coach. “If you’re good enough you’re old enough, that’s the model we have here at the club.

“I think they have demonstrated their skills very well today, as individuals and as a team. I am really proud of them.


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