Tyreece John-Jules made the third start of his loan spell with Lincoln City on Saturday, featuring in an away game against Ipswich Town.
After his home debut and a goal last weekend, John-Jules started for Lincoln away to Ipswich in the 3pm kickoff this Saturday. He ended up playing 65 minutes in a very physical matchup before coming off.
With Ispwich dominating the possession in advanced areas, John-Jules had to settle for service by the way of long-balls and counter-attacks. The home side’s centre-backs certainly tested his hold-up play, as he took part in 18 individual duels, winning six.
That’s not to say the Arsenal loanee didn’t find some chances though. On one dangerous counter, he made a nice run across the centre-backs only for his Lincoln teammate to release the ball marginally too late.
On another, John-Jules found himself one-on-one with the last defender. He tried to flick the ball over the Ipswich man’s head to get into space on his left foot, but the defender used his arm to block the looping touch.
That should have led to a dangerous free-kick and at least a yellow card, but the referee missed it.
Midway through the second half, Lincoln opted to bring on new signing Tom Hopper for his debut up front. John-Jules had some nice touches, but he’s still adapting to the physicality of senior football. That’s what the loan is for, after all.
Ipswich ended up winning the game 1-0. The Lincoln City games are coming thick and fast now though, with Portsmouth at home on Tuesday.