‘We were embarrassed’ – Colchester United keeper Sam Walker after FA Cup defeat to Oxford City

Tom Eastman was powerful in the air against Oxford City, and he hit the bar with a first-half header

Tom Eastman was powerful in the air against Oxford City, and he hit the bar with a first-half header. He was Carl Marston's U's player of the match. ,Picture: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Colchester United keeper, Sam Walker, admitted that the U’s were “embarrassed” by Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at the hands of non-league strugglers Oxford City, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Walker had very little to do in the U’s goal, but he was powerless to prevent opposing striker Matt Paterson from heading home a 46th minute winner in a 1-0 success.

“We were embarrassed, because we should absolutely be winning games like that,” rued Walker.

“I know it’s the FA Cup and these things happen, but the performance was not good enough and we did not deserve to win the game based on the performance.

“Fair play to Oxford City – they fully deserved to win and go through to the next round.

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“They will be delighted and they will be buzzing, and they fully deserve it today. As for us, we’ve got to take a long, hard look at it, go away and assess it, analyse it.

“An that will be tough viewing for all of us.

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“We’ve got to deal with it and then move on, at some point,” added Walker.

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The 26-year-old custodian, making his 185th senior appearance for Essex club, was at a loss to explain why the U’s performed so poorly on the day, although he admitted that the team lacked composure in front of goal.

“We prepared for this like every league game. We did our research on the opposition, but for whatever reason the performance just wasn’t there,” confirmed Walker.

“We spoke at half-time about coming out and really dominating the game, taking it to them, but then we gave them a goal within a minute.

“That immediately put us on the back foot and we are left chasing the game for the whole of the second half.

“In true FA Cup style, they have been several near misses, blocks and goal-line saves . They are throwing everything behind the cause, which is as you would expect them to, and it hasn’t come off for us.

“It wasn’t a good day for us.

“We didn’t have composure. We had the chances to win the game, we were in-and-around their box and we created enough chances to at least put two or three goals away.

“We were so eager to get back into the game that we then lacked composure, which isn’t like us,” added Walker.

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