McGreal hoping for home cup comforts

Crawley Town 1-3 Colchester United – Reaction

COLCHESTER UNITED manager, John McGreal, is hoping for a home quarter-final Carabao Cup tie for his side when the draw is made live on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday morning.

The U’s produced another impressive display to dispatch fellow Sky Bet League Two side, Crawley Town, at the Sussex clubs People’s Pension Stadium. However, having already knocked out Swindon Town and Premier League Tottenham Hotspur on their own patch, McGreal would like the opportunity to stage another cup racker at the JobServe Community Stadium.

“I didn’t get what I wanted last time which was a home draw – Maybe I got it with the Tottenham game,” the U’s boss explained.

“I like the home games – I think every manager does. But listen, I’m sure the chairman will have something to say with that – he’ll be looking for a big one away from home, but the main thing is we have done our job and can all look forward to the draw.”

After beating Swindon by three unanswered goals in the first round, the U’s put out both Crystal palace and Spurs via dramatic penalty shootouts before Tuesday’s success at Crawley. The run has taken Colchester through to the last eight of the competition for the first time since the 1974/75 season when Oxford United (1-0), Southend United (2-0), Carlisle United (2-0), Southampton (1-0 in a replay following a 0-0 draw) were all beaten. The U’s were finally put out by eventual winners, Aston Villa, who won 2-1 at Layer Road. The West Midlanders would go on to beat Norwich City in the final thanks to a single goal from Ray Graydon.

Brian Jeeves

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