McGreal delighted despite Colchester’s slow start

Crawley Town 1-3 Colchester United – Reaction

COLCHESTER UNITED manager, John McGreal, was hugely satisfied with his side after they came from behind to see off Crawley Town and reach the last eight of the Carabao Cup.

Dannie Bulman thundered Crawley into a 20th-minute lead. However, Luke Norris headed home Frank Nouble’s cross less than two minutes later to level the score, and after that, there was only ever one side in it.

Cohen Bramall’s free-kick went in off Crawley stopper, Michael Luyambula, to hand the North Essex side the lead eight minutes after the break. Then with time running out, former Crawley man, Luke Gambin, finished a crisp move with the U’s third of the evening, taking them through to the quarter-final for the first time since 1974

“It sounds nice, it does,” McGreal enthused.

“We knew it was coming around – after the Morecambe game, we knew we were playing top of the league at Crewe and Newport – we had to deal with them before we came here. We know this is a tough place for us. A couple of weeks ago, we thought we’d done well in the first half, then they’ve come and picked out pockets and rightly so.”

The U’s boss continued: “I thought today we started slow. I must admit, I’ve got to give Crawley credit, they started really, really well. We turned over a lot of the ball – they scored a great goal. Big important thing was to get that equaliser as quick as we could. ‘Noubs’ (Frank Nouble) crossed for Norris to be able to do that for us and that settled us.

“I thought we were able to play a little bit of football, getting around. Listen, the way the game went I thought we thoroughly deserved it to be quite honest after that slow start.”

Brian Jeeves

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