‘We’re aiming for the top three’ – Colchester United’s Tom Lapslie

Tom Lapslie in action during last weekend's 0-0 home draw against Morecambe. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Tom Lapslie in action during last weekend's 0-0 home draw against Morecambe. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Colchester United skipper, Tom Lapslie, is not just eying up the League Two play-offs – he wants to finish in the top three!

Lapslie is targeting another supreme away performance, and another away victory, at high-flying Notts County this afternoon.

The Magpies might be joint top, but midfield dynamo Lapslie sees no reason why the U’s cannot continue their own fantastic recent form, which has featured just one defeat in 10 league games.

“I think we should finish in the top three, if we carry on the form we are in,” enthused Lapslie.

“I’m not getting carried away, but if we beat Notts County this weekend then we will only be six points behind them.


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“So let’s go for the top three – I see no reason why not. If we aim high and fall just short, then we’ll still make the play-offs.

“Our away form has really picked up. We had a meeting before the Grimsby game (2-2 draw in late September) about really needing to sort out our away form out, and it has clicked now.

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“We’ve had some big wins, like at Yeovil, Barnet and Newport, and we just want to carry on that good away form,” added Lapslie.

A shoulder injury to Doug Loft means that Brandon Comley is likely to partner Lapslie in the engine room at Meadow Lane.

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And 22-year-old Lapslie, who is set to rattle up his 72nd league appearance today, is looking forward to teaming up with Comley, after the QPR loanee replaced Loft after the half-hour mark of Tuesday night’s 1-0 home win over Lincoln City.

“Brandon (Comley) did well. In fact, everyone has done themselves justice and done a job for the team when they’ve been called upon,” continued Lapslie.

“He’s nice to play with, gets stuck in and is tidy on the ball.

“When he first came to the club he was very tidy on the ball, and to be fair to him he has got his head down and has got stuck in a few times.

“He does not shy from a tackle, which is good to play alongside, because you know if you go in then he will go in as well.

“As a team, we are in a rich vein of form, so I think it’s a great time for us to go there, to Notts County.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice there last season (3-1 defeat), so it would be great to right the wrongs this weekend. It’s a big game to play in, which I love.”

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