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Colchester United 3 Crawley Town 1, match reaction: ‘It was a fantastic first-half,’ enthuses manager John McGreal

PUBLISHED: 17:54 09 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:54 09 September 2017

U's boss John McGreal pictured during today's 3-1 home win over Crawley. Picture: STEVE WALLER

U's boss John McGreal pictured during today's 3-1 home win over Crawley. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss John McGreal praised his side for a “fantastic” first-half display during today’s 3-1 home win over Crawley Town

McGreal enthused: “I’m delighted with the performance, and it’s another home win.

“It got a bit nervy in the second half. We gave away a silly penalty, but Sam (Walker) made a great save (from Mark Randall’s spot kick).

“We had a few opportunities on the counter-attack in the second half, but it was in the first half where we got our goals. I thought we were fantatsic in that first half.

“Crawley changed it after the break, and they were effectively playing with five up front at times.

“Yet we scored some great goals. I thought Ryan’s (Jackson’s) goal in particular was a great strike.

“The three debutants (Nicke Kabamba, Ryan Inniss and Brandon Comley) all made a difference.

“Nicke has only been a subsititute for Portsmouth really, but I thought he showed bits of what he could do in the second half. He linked up well with Mikael (Mandron),” added McGreal.

The U’s fine form at home continued, thanks to first-half goals by Sammie Szmodics, Ryan Jackson and Mikael Mandron, which put them in the driving seat.

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