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13 August 2019

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Graeme Jones was pleased to get his first competitive win as Town boss as his side cruised to a 3-1 win over Ipswich Town in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Lloyd Jones headed in from debutant Izzy Brown’s cross, before Elliot Lee doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Andrew Shinnie made it three with a well take free-kick in the second half, before Armando Dobra’s deflected strike got the visitors their consolation goal.

The Town have been drawn against Cardiff City in the next round, with the fixture set to take place at the Cardiff City Stadium in two weeks time.

Jones said: “I am delighted, absolutely delighted [about drawing Cardiff]. We had a post-match meeting yesterday, it took me five hours to go through it on Saturday and Sunday. The boys know what we’ve got to improve at for the next game, so in two weeks we’re going to measure that improvement. So I am really, really happy with the fixture.

“In the second 45 tonight we had a few forced changes to make – I don’t think we were as fluent. I really wanted to go for the throat, take the game out of sight, we didn’t. We gave a stupid goal away which is disappointing.

“But overall it’s the first win of the season, we’re off and running, it’s positive, I am happy really. We’ve been competitive in the first two games and then first win tonight, you take a minute out of the game at the weekend and we sit here a lot happier.

“It wasn’t difficult [to change the whole team] because we worked tactically on Sunday when I am sure most teams were off. We worked tactically yesterday and then we had a meeting about the tactical work we have done.

“So we gave the players every opportunity to perform. The group that have been playing since the start of the season, I think we have added to that group, football has made those decisions out on the pitch. I spoke at the end of the game about consistent football behaviour and I have seen that in four or five players tonight, so that means you can trust them. There were lots of positives.”

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