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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.”

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.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

Ipswich Town’s Under-23s beat their Crystal Palace counterparts 5-2 at Playford Road this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his observations.

ANDY WARREN spoke to new Ipswich Town first-team coach Matt Gill about his time at Norwich and his start to life under Paul Lambert at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town trio Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and Trevoh Chalobah could have the chance to impress the club’s new management when England’s Under-20s take on Germany in Colchester tonight (7pm ko).

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we remember when Danny Haynes scored twice against Norwich as Town win the East Anglian derby

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says winger Danny Rowe needs to get fitter if he is to feature more for the first team.

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