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‘It was a game we should have won’ – U’s McGreal

PUBLISHED: 17:21 24 November 2018

Ryan Jackson has a low shot well saved by Exeter keeper Christy Pym, who was in good form. Picture: PAGEPIX

Ryan Jackson has a low shot well saved by Exeter keeper Christy Pym, who was in good form. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Colchester United boss John McGreal admitted that today’s 1-1 home draw against Exeter City was “a game we should have won.”

Kane Vincent-Young is fouled by Exeter City midfielder Jake Taylor. Picture: PAGEPIXKane Vincent-Young is fouled by Exeter City midfielder Jake Taylor. Picture: PAGEPIX

Sammie Szmodics netted a goal worthy of winning any game but the U’s then leaked a soft equaliser almost immediately afterwards.

“We were very unlucky not to win, I think even a blind man could see that!” insisted McGreal.

Exeter keeper Christy Pym had an excellent day, but even he couldn’t prevent Szmodics from finally breaking the deadlock with a wonderful finish in the 67th minute.

Trickster Courtney Senior set up the chance with some wonderful build-up play, but there was still much to do when Szmodics suddenly let fly with a thunderous 20-yard volley which flew like a rocket into the back of the net.

It was Szmodics’ seventh goal of the campaign, but the U’s lead only lasted for two minutes.

The hosts struggled to fully clear a free-kick and they twice blocked shots inside the six-yard box before leading scorer Jayden Stockley scrambled home what was his 11th goal of the season, from a matter of a few feet put.

It was a very scrappy goal to concede, and it effectively cost McGreal’s men two points.

McGreal continued: “I thought we were excellent, against a team who were the beaten play-off finalists last season.

“Their keeper (Pym) was man of the match by far. He pulled off several great saves, but I am proud of my team today.

“I thought we improved in the final third of the pitch. We brought different phases to our game.

“It was a terrific strike by Sammie (Szmodics). And it needed such a strike to beat their keeper today!

“We have got Sammie back running again, and he’s looking very sharp,” added McGreal.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

Paul Lambert will continue to ‘protect’ talented midfielder Teddy Bishop as the youngster strives for fitness following a long injury lay-off.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says he won’t sanction any player departures until he has signed the players he wants in January.

Former Ipswich Town striker Marcus Stewart has asked to leave Bristol Rovers following the departure of Darrell Clarke this morning.

Signing strikers will be a top priority for Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert in January. ANDY WARREN looks at names who could fit the bill for the Blues.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features a goal from Tony Mowbray in a European triumph, plus a victory over Leeds United.

Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.

Midfielder Cole Skuse believes he is ahead of schedule after undergoing a minor operation on the knee injury which is expected to keep him out for eight weeks.

Freddie Sears knows Ipswich Town must add goals to their team, with the January transfer window just around the corner.

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