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Notts County 2 Colchesster United 1, match reaction: ‘We should never have lost’ – John McGreal

PUBLISHED: 17:45 25 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:46 25 November 2017

Tom Eastman gets in a crunching tackle on Notts County striker Lewis Alessandra at Meadow Lane today. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Tom Eastman gets in a crunching tackle on Notts County striker Lewis Alessandra at Meadow Lane today. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, insisted that his side “should never have lost” to Notts County, following today’s 2-1 defeat at Meadow Lane.

The U’s seemed to have earned a deserved point, when substitute Sanmi Odelusi swept home his first goal for the club in the 89th minute, just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.

But midfielder Ryan Yates then poked home a 93rd minute corner to secure all three points for high-flying Notts County.

Earlier, Shola Ameobi had converted a 68th minute penalty, following a foul by Mikael Mandron, and Mandron himself had then seen his 77th minute penalty saved by home keeper Ross Fitzsimons.

“We should never have lost that game today,” rued McGreal.

“I thought the performance was excellent and we played some of our best football since I’ve been in charge, in that first half.

“It’s very disappointing to lose it, and it’s certainly a tough one to take.

“We gave away a silly penalty, but then came back. We missed a penalty, but then changed the personnel and kept going.

“Sanmi scored a great goal, having got on the blind-side of the defender. It was a great ball by Mikael (Mandron) and a composed finish from Sanmi.

“But we should then be seeing the game out, which we weren’t able to do,” added McGreal.

With regards the missed penalty, McGreal said: “Sammie (Szmodics) scored our last penalty (at Cheltenham), but Mikael grabbed the ball and once he did that, he was always going to take it. He had the bottle to take it,”

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan said: “Colchester were very good, and I think they will be up there, or thereabouts, come the end of the season.”

Bartosz Bialkowski and Ipswich Town still have ‘a couple of things to sort’ before the Polish goalkeeper signs his new contract with the club.

Mick McCarthy shouted ‘f*** off’ in the direction of – but, he insists, not at – Ipswich Town fans after his side took the lead at Norwich on Sunday. Today the Blues boss, who has faced plenty of toxic chants over the last 12 months, was quizzed on the incident ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Cardiff.

Mick McCarthy has no new injury worries for tomorrow night’s visit of Cardiff City but admits he could make changes to his side as he prepares for the second of three games in just seven days.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is anticipating another eventful evening when he brings his side to Portman Road tomorrow night.

Ipswich Town welcome a Cardiff side sitting second in the Championship to Portman Road.

Winning games of football is the best way to heal a damaged relationship between touchline and terrace, former Blues boss George Burley insists.

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Ipswich Town Ladies continued their attempt to defend the Suffolk Women’s FA Cup for the fourth successive year with a comfortable 7-1 victory over a spirited Bungay Town Ladies’ at Skyliner Sports Centre in Bury St Edmunds, writes Kieren Standley.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has apologised for any offence he caused while celebrating Luke Chambers’ goal at Norwich on Sunday, but has reiterated he did not aim his comments at the Blues fans.

Match highlights from Ipswich Town’s dramatic 1-1 draw with rivals Norwich in the East Anglian derby.

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