McGreal overjoyed by U’s cup cappers

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Colchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction
(Colchester United won 4-3 on penalties)

COLCHESTER UNITED manager, John McGreal, couldn’t hide his delight after overseeing his Sky Bet League Two sides shock penalty shootout victory over Premier League Tottenham Hotspur at the Jobserve Community Stadium.

Tom Lapslie dispatched the winning spot-kick following an entertaining goalless encounter. Both Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura were unsuccessful from the spot as the U’s prevailed.

“It was tremendous,” McGreal enthused.

“First and foremost, we have to applaud the players – every single one of them.

“The effort that they put in throughout the 90-odd minutes. It was obviously a different equation when penalties come into play.

“But it was the effort, the goal threat and grit and we were also a bit of a goal threat in the second half – I was really pleased with that.”

The U’s chief continued: “We knew today was a totally different game to what we’ve played against of late.
When you play against Premier League clubs you’re going to have thirty per cent of the game at most.

“It’s then what you do with it when you haven’t got it and you have to be disciplined.
“It’s a fantastic result for the team and for the club.”

Meanwhile, frustrated Spurs chief, Mauricio Pochettino, bemoaned: “We lost the game on penalties and we’re disappointed because today was about to win.

“When you play at this stage and in this competition, it’s only about to win, not only your performance. If you cannot score in ninety minutes that can happen on penalties.”


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