Cup draw

Ham­mers

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Jon Wal­dron

COLCH­ESTER United man­ager Kevin Keen said he would love to play for­mer club West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round af­ter guid­ing his side to vic­tory over Cham­pi­onship strug­glers Charl­ton Ath­letic.

First-half goals from Ge­orge Mon­cur and Marvin Sordell helped the U’s, who lie se­cond bot­tom in League One, see off the Ad­dicks who grabbed a late con­so­la­tion goal through Reza Ghoochan­nejhad.

It was Keen’s first win as Colch­ester man­ager fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment last month – and he was clear on who he wanted his side to be paired with in to­mor­row night’s draw.

Keen said: “There’s only one club I want in the next round and that’s West Ham – it would be a dream for me.

“We were fan­tas­tic – the boys were re­ally good and it comes on the back of three re­ally good league per­for­mances with­out any re­ward.

“We got our re­wards and I think ev­ery­one was ab­so­lutely top drawer.

“A few of them proved that they should be play­ing at a higher level.

“I thought es­pe­cially in the first half we were re­ally, re­ally good.”

Charl­ton in­terim head coach Karel Fra­eye ad­mit­ted his side were not sharp enough in the first half, af­ter see­ing them crash out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

He said:“We were se­cond best in the first half and there was very poor de­fend­ing for the goals.

“In the se­cond half when we were 2-0 down we had to take a lot of risks try­ing to score and you know that you can be ex­posed on the coun­ter­at­tack.

“We had some pos­si­bil­i­ties to score but the goal came too late for us.

“We were not sharp enough in the first half but we put out a team that nor­mally should be strong enough to beat Colch­ester and they were not. I un­der­stand the sup­port­ers with the sit­u­a­tion that we’re in now.”

Sordell fired just wide for Colch­ester early on and Ad­dicks keeper Nick Pope de­nied Alex Gil­bey be­fore Mon­cur put them ahead just be­fore the half-hour, from Sordell’s pass. Cris­tian Ce­bal­los’ low cross-shot struck the base of the post for Charl­ton soon af­ter but Colch­ester went fur­ther ahead in the 41st minute when Sordell ran onto Mon­cur’s im­pres­sive pass and fin­ished well.

Pope de­nied Tom East­man while keeper Jake Kean did well to stop Si­mon Makienok’s ef­fort just be­fore half-time.

Pope de­nied Mon­cur af­ter the break and sub­sti­tute Ma­cauley Bonne wasted a good late op­por­tu­nity for Colch­ester but al­though Ghoochan­nejhad headed home a late goal for the vis­i­tors, Charl­ton crashed out.

STAR MAN GE­ORGE MON­CUR

Colch­ester

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