18-year-old Jordon Ibe was in fine form in the early stages for Derby at the weekend and made a number of dazzling runs through the Millwall defence but struggled to find an end product.
He was constantly switching from the left of the main striker - Chris Martin - to the right in an attempt to utilise his pace and dribbling abilities to his best but, in the end, it came to no great success.
On the 30th minute, he utilised his pace and awareness to break through the Millwall defence and round the out-rushing goalkeeper - David Forde - before hitting the deck. The referee went straight for his whistle, however, didn’t give the decision the young Liverpool attacker was looking for.
As soon as it became apparent the youngster was going to be booked for simulation, the Millwall goalkeeper and defence surrounded him and tried dragging him up from the floor.
A distasteful sight to some, considering Forde, who was rightfully booked for antagonising the player, is nearly twice the age of Ibe. Chris Martin, who tried to defuse the situation by putting his body in between the 18-year-old and the incensed Millwall goalkeeper, also saw the referee’s yellow card for his troubles.
After the incident, the first-half fizzled out as the early Derby pressure amounted to nothing and Millwall, in a similar vein to the same fixture last season, kept organised and hard to breakdown.
The Rams came out in the second-half in high spirits but the same couldn’t be said for Ibe, who lasted just another 20 minutes on the pitch before being substituted. The decision looked to be made soon after the Liverpool attacker overplayed in the box when he really should have gone for goal.
Ibe, who was substituted for former Dundee United striker Johnny Russell, left the pitch to a standing ovation from the Derby fans who clearly appreciated the youngster’s energy and attitude.
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The performance will not be one he will want to dwell on for too long. He flattered to deceive, frustrating and booked for simulation, so all in all, not a good day at the office.
Nevertheless, it was apparent even on his off days he can remain a threat to the opposition and his substitution, in this instance, didn’t change the course of the game as the Rams remained frustrated and were held to a 0-0 draw.