‘It was top-drawer from the boys’ – Colchester United midfielder Tom Lapslie

A clearly upset Tom Lapslie vents his anger as he leaves the pitch after being shown the red card at

A clearly upset Tom Lapslie vents his anger as he leaves the pitch after being shown the red card at the Ricoh Arena. Picture: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Tom Lapslie was sent off for the first time in his career, in controversial circumstances, but he was delighted with the way his side continued to shut out hosts Coventry City during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at the Ricoh Arena.

Skipper Lapslie, booked for a foul on 75 minutes, was sent off just a minute later for deliberate handball when he appeared to be fouled before falling on the ball near the corner flag.

It was a harsh decision, but Lapslie was relieved that it didn’t cost his side a point.

“It was top-drawer from the boys to hang on, with 10 men,” insisted Lapslie.

“Our shape was incredible against what was a good passing side. When I was on the pitch the shape was really good, and it was an impressive away display.


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“To be fair, if it wasn’t for my sending-off, then I think we would have gone on and scored because the last 20 minutes they would have been struggling. I felt that we could have nicked one, that’s the way I was feeling before I got sent off.”

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