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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

‘It’s just a start for us’ – U’s boss McGreal

PUBLISHED: 06:00 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 23 August 2018

Tom Lapslie, who will be out of action for six weeks following knee surgery. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Tom Lapslie, who will be out of action for six weeks following knee surgery. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United’s down-to-earth boss, John McGreal, insists that it is “just a start for us,” despite Tuesday night’s sensational 6-0 demolition of Crewe Alexandra.

Luke Norris, who bagged a first-half brace at Cheltenham Town in a 3-1 win. Picture: STEVE WALLERLuke Norris, who bagged a first-half brace at Cheltenham Town in a 3-1 win. Picture: STEVE WALLER

McGreal is refusing to get carried away, even though his clinical U’s side recorded the Essex club’s biggest home league victory for 22 years, since a 7-1 thumping of Lincoln City at Layer Road on November 30, 1996.

The goalscorers that day, against the Imps, were John Taylor (2), Paul Abrahams, Steve Whitton, Tony Adcock and Chris Fry (2).

Likewise, the goals were shared around on Tuesday night, with Frankie Kent, Brennan Dickenson (2), Ryan Jackson, Luke Norris and Tom Lapslie all on target.

The U’s are third in the table, and with another home game to look forward to this Saturday, against Northampton Town, who were beaten at lowly Morecambe on Tuesday night.

McGreal, though, wants to keep his players focussed on the job in hand, rather than dwell on their six-goal star performance against the Railwaymen.

“It’s a start for us. We are just four games in, and nothing is won in August,” insisted McGreal. “We are not even out of August yet, but we have put ourselves in a healthy position.

“I think the players were helped by pre-season. We did our business early and the experience definitely helps.

“We did not have the best home form last season, while the year before we won four or five more at home.

“We’ve put out a bit of a statement tonight (Tuesday). There was tons of energy in the performance.

“The finishing was lethal, the boys were clinical. We have not been able to put teams to the sword here, that was especially the case last season. But this was a great performance.”

Meanwhile, Crewe’s beleaguered players will reimburse the cost of the tickets purchased by the 153 fans who travelled to the Community Stadium on Tuesday night.

Manager David Artell insisted: “The players will put their hands in their pockets, without a shadow of a doubt, because the fans deserve credit for coming all of this way and they don’t deserve that.”

Mick McCarthy is the early favourite for vacant Republic of Ireland job following the departure of both Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane.

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Titus Bramble says Ipswich Town duo Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes were stand-out performers at the recent England Under-20 camp.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert will speak to the media this afternoon ahead of the Friday night clash with West Bromwich Albion.

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

Trevoh Chalobah was proud to captain England Under 20s in their 2-0 victory over Germany at Colchester on Monday night but has already turned his attention to Ipswich Town’s Friday clash with West Brom.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

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