Shane long’s first-half strike saw Ipswich Two fall 1-0 to Southampton in Tuesday night’s FA Cup Third Round replay at Portman Road, despite a resilient performance from Mick McCarthy’s side.
Ipswich’s Stephen Hunt had an effort in the opening stages ruled out for outside, before Long capitalised on a loose ball in the 19th-minute to slot past Bart Bialkowski and put the Saints ahead for good.
The home side matched their Premier League opposition for long spells of the match, however, and looked particularly dangerous after shifting to a 3-5-2 formation following the introduction of Arsenal-linked Tyrone Mings in the 55th-minute.
The promising left-back was left out of the starting line-up after dealing with a few injury problems over the festive period but, from just his cameo, it was clear to why the likes of Arsene Wenger are so keen on his signature.
The former Southampton Academy player immediately got involved in the action with a cross that was met by Darren Ambrose’s saved header, before going on to enjoy an intense battle with Nathaniel Clyne for the rest of the night.
Manager McCarthy was forced to stress earlier this week that the 21-year-old is going nowhere in the January transfer window and, judging by the reaction from the fans, they certainly hope his words hold true.
Mings is different class to the rest of Town tonight #itfc— Paul Westlake (@PaulWestlake) January 14, 2015
Well, that was thoroughly underwhelming. Mings just stuck an extra £1m on his value though #itfc— Mark Heath (@mark__heath) January 14, 2015
The class between the two leagues showed and Southampton didn't even play that well. Keeping Mings this window is the main target #ITFC— Samuel Goodwin (@Gooders7592) January 14, 2015
Defenders looked tired and thought Chambers was pretty poor. Highlight was Mings looking good when he came on, looked an attacking threat.— Matt Harrison (@MHarry81) January 14, 2015
Bad decision making on the ball cost us tonight. Ham particularly guilty. thought Berra was standout #itfc performer and Mings was a handful— Russell Claydon (@russclaydon) January 14, 2015
#ITFC Mings looked great when he came on and was one of the few positives. Drove at defence with the ball and put himself about.— Oliver Bunting (@OllieBunting) January 14, 2015
Mings definitely added something going forward tonight tho, should have started— Andy Holmes (@Cpt_Obvious89) January 14, 2015
I thought parr ambrose bru and mings when he came on we're the stand out players for town tonight #itfc— Gedge (@JoeGedge) January 14, 2015