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Yeovil Town v Colchester United: ‘we owe them one’ – insists Tom Lapslie

PUBLISHED: 06:00 30 September 2017

Tom Lapslie, right, and Ryan Jackson battle with Andre Green in the rain during the U's defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup. Lapslie is out for two weeks with an injured calf..  Picture: STEVE WALLER

Tom Lapslie, right, and Ryan Jackson battle with Andre Green in the rain during the U's defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup. Lapslie is out for two weeks with an injured calf.. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United skipper, Tom Lapslie, still remembers the heartache of last season’s trip to Yeovil, which ended in crushing disappointment.

The struggling U’s were heading for a first win in 13 games, when leading 1-0 at Huish Park, only to concede two goals in the last five minutes to nosedive into the League Two relegation zone.

That proved to be a low point for John McGreal’s men, who bounced back with a nine-match unbeaten run, but Lapslie still feels that the U’s “owe” Yeovil for that late, late horror show last November.

“Yeovil last year was a turning point in our season,” recalled Lapslie.

“After that we said – ‘come on boys, we need to sort this out!’ – because it really hurt after conceding those two late goals. I still remember how devastated we all felt in the dressing room.

“We owe them, to be fair. We dominated for 85 minutes, but they killed us in those last five minutes. We have some wrongs to make right,” added Lapslie.

The U’s tigerish midfielder missed Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw at Grimsby Town, due to a one-match suspension for incurring five bookings.

But he should return to the starting line-up for today’s trip to Somerset, hoping to lead the U’s to a first away win of the season.

“It wasn’t great not being involved on Tuesday, but I hope to be back around it this weekend,” continued Lapslie.

“I looked back at some of my fouls, and some of them are not yellow cards in my eyes, while others I deserved.

“It’s tough, because I can’t really pull out of tackles, that’s not part of my game. I’ll just have to try and concede less fouls, that’s the only way for me to adjust I suppose.

“They are my strengths, reading play, making interceptions and making tackles. I’ve got to keep doing what I’m good at. Pulling out of tackles just isn’t me, so I won’t be changing my game too much.

“I think performances from everyone have been pretty good, but we need to start turning them into results now.

“It was a good point at Grimsby. It was a step in the right direction, and hopefully we can kick on and get three points at Yeovil because our away form hasn’t been anywhere near up to scratch. It’s time to put that right.”

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