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