Exeter City 1 Colchester United 0: 'The penalty changed things' - U's boss John McGreal
PUBLISHED: 17:24 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 05 May 2018
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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, rued another penalty miss as the the U's disappointing 2017-18 season ended in defeat, at play-off bound Exeter City in warm sunshine in Devon this afternoon.
The U’s were made to pay for a penalty miss, Sammie Szmodics failing to convert his spot kick on the hour mark, in a 1-0 defeat.
Substitute Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe won the penalty, by drawing the foul from Pierce Sweeney, but Szmodics aimed his spot kick straight down the middle, with keeper Christy Pym making a good save.
It was Szmodics’ second penalty miss on the bounce, following his failure to bury an effort in the 1-0 home defeat by Yeovil in March.
Exeter responded by grabbing the winner in the 71st minute.
Robbie Simpson was in the right place at the far post to head home a precise cross by Sweeney.
“We have missed a few penalties this season, and at important times,” admitted McGreal.
“We have tended to be in the ascendancy in games when we have missed these penalties, and I think the missed penalty today changed the game.
“I challenged the boys at half-time to go out and try and win the game, and I thought they dominated that second half.
“We again had some great support from our fans, and we wanted to end the season with a win, because we’ve had a good away record this season.
“The penalty changed things. Sammie is our penalty taker, we’ve made that clear this season, but I make it that we have now missed four penalties out of seven, as a team.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose today, just as we didn’t deserve to lose at Lincoln either.
“I don’t think we have under-achieved performance-wise this season, though we haven’t hit our points target,” added McGreal.