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Colchester United’s new “steely determination on the road”

PUBLISHED: 16:26 27 September 2017

U's boss John McGreal shows his frustration after his side concede a late penalty during Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at a very misty Grimsby Town. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

U's boss John McGreal shows his frustration after his side concede a late penalty during Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at a very misty Grimsby Town. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

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Colchester United may not have won, but their boss John McGreal was very impressed with the “steely determination” which accompanied their 2-2 draw at Grimsby Town on Tuesday night.

The U’s were within just a few minutes of recording what would have been only their second away win of 2017, when leading 2-1 at a misty Blundell Park.

But Sam Jones’ 89th minute penalty denied them a couple of points, with both sides still committed to going for a winner during stoppage time.

At least the solitary point at Grimsby ended a miserable run of four straight away defeats, at the start of this season, leading into this Saturday’s trip to Yeovil.

“We are having to keep changing the team around, whether it be because of injuries or suspensions,” rued McGreal.

“But I could sense we had a steely determination about us, and we were determined not to get beaten. Hopefully, we can build on that in future weeks.

“Grimsby is a tough place to come, especially as they had done well at home of late, and Yeovil is another tough place to go.

“We do tend to get injuries, and we have bodies in-and-around the pitch we can bring in.

“It’s been a month of tough matches, but we have one or two who can come in when we need them. We now have to recover going into the Yeovil game,” added McGreal.

Defender Tom Eastman (sore hamstring) and midfielder Tom Lapslie (suspended) both missed the draw at Grimsby, which featured a sweet brace of goals for left-winger Kyel Reid, himself only just back from injury.

Unfortunately, the U’s suffered yet more injury woe, with leading scorer Sammie Szmodics being stretched off with a nasty leg injury within six minutes of his introduction as a substitute.

“We rested Sammie, but unfortunately he has an injury now,” continued McGreal.

“It’s the same leg that he did last season (suffered a broken leg at Crewe in March), so we need to look at that over the next 48 hours.

“Fingers crossed, it’s not too bad, but it’s still sore.”

Lapslie will be available for the trip to Huish Park, while Eastman will be hoping to recover from his sore hamstring to feature. Both striker Kurtis Guthrie and midfielder Craig Slater are also close to returns.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for January reinforcements.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features Darren Currie scoring on his debut in a win at QPR and the Blues win over Leicester City.....

Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

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