Watson's cup message to U's

KEVIN Watson has a simple message for his former club Colchester United - “avoid a penalty shoot-out”.

Carl Marston

KEVIN Watson has a simple message for his former club Colchester United - “avoid a penalty shoot-out”.

The U's are just two steps away from Wembley, and the first of these hurdles is at Watson's current club Luton Town tonight.

United are bidding to make it four away wins on the bounce in this competition, to reach the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final.


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They will start as warm favourites against the Football League's basement club, although appearances can be deceptive - the Hatters have already wiped out 24 of their 30-point reduction at the start of the season.

Ex-U's midfielder Watson switched to Kenilworth Road over the summer, but long-term calf problems will again prevent him from figuring against his old club tonight.

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However, he is anticipating a close encounter. In fact, if the game ends in a penalty shoot-out, then Watson is tipping the Hatters for Trophy glory.

“I fancy us to win if it goes to penalties,” insisted Watson.

“The lads have already won a couple of penalty shoot-outs this season, against Brentford in this competition and also in the FA Cup replay at Altrincham.

“I'm sure that Colchester will be in great heart following their terrific win at Leeds (2-1) on Saturday. That was a massive win for them,

“But I'll be at the game and I'm really looking forward to watching it,” added 34-year-old Watson.

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