“I thought we fully deserved it” – Colchester United boss John McGreal after the draw at Cambridge

U's boss, John McGreal, directing affairs during the home win over Hartlepool last month. The U's ar

U's boss, John McGreal, directing affairs during the home win over Hartlepool last month. The U's are at home again this weekend, against Luton. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Colchester United boss John McGreal was delighted with his side’s away point from a 1-1 draw at Cambridge this afternoon.

Sammie Szmodics rescued a point for the U’s with an 84th minute equaliser, just eight minutes after coming on as a substitute for his first appearance of 2017 following along-term ankle injury.

“I thought we fully deserved it, and we were trying to win the game at the end,” enthused McGreal.

“The substitutes came on and made a real difference to affect the game.

“We thought that Macca (Macauley Bonne) had scored (offside goal), and from where we were standing, Macca looked onside. We will have to look at that again on the tape.

“But I’m pleased that we have finally got the goal, and got a deserved point.

“It was a good performance from a very young team, and it was great that Sammie could come on and get us the equaliser,” added McGreal.

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Goalscorer Szmodics said: “The gaffer just told me to go on and run around, which I did, and it was a dream to get the equaliser in front of 1,500 or so of our fans.

“I got to the back post and the ball went in off my head, or rather my face. I didn’t know much about it.”

On Bonne’s earlier ‘goal,’ which was ruled out for offside in the 81st minute, Szmodics revealed: “We’ve seen it again and the linesman actually got it right.

“Macca was just offside when Dicko (Brennan Dickenson) got the ball.”

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