U’S BOSS: ‘WE WERE SCARED’

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By James Wil­liams

COLCH­ESTER United head coach John McGreal ad­mit­ted his side bowed to fear af­ter they were hum­bled by Non-League side Ox­ford City in the FA Cup.

Matt Pater­son’s well-taken strike just af­ter half-time proved cru­cial as the Na­tional League South strug­glers pro­gressed to the sec­ond round for only the sec­ond time in their his­tory, at their League Two op­po­nents’ ex­pense.

The U’s suf­fered the em­bar­rass­ment of go­ing down as one of the round’s ma­jor scalps and McGreal was per­turbed by what he saw from his troops.

“We didn’t show the calm­ness and there was a lit­tle bit of fear about los­ing to a non­league team, and that has come true, as we’ve been knocked out,” said the Colch­ester chief.

“It was a hugely dis­ap­point­ing af­ter­noon for us.

“We prepped as we usu­ally would, with play­ers that we were look­ing to try and score goals, but you just look at some of the de­ci­sions in and around their at­tack­ing third – we were snatch­ing at things but I’m go­ing to take noth­ing away from Ox­ford City

“I thought they were ex­cel­lent and de­served to go through.

“They came and de­fended res­o­lutely and they looked a po­tent threat in at­tack.”

City man­ager Mark Jones said his play­ers had writ­ten them­selves in their club’s folk­lore.

Jones said: “I’m just de­lighted for the play­ers – we have strug­gled a bit so far this sea­son but it is just a fan­tas­tic day for us.

“These play­ers have put their name down in the his­tory of the club.

“You can’t praise the play­ers enough and it’s nice to see the peo­ple from Ox­ford come and sup­port us.

“I think the odds on us be­ing in the sec­ond round – and not Ox­ford United – for the draw would have been ex­tremely high.”

Kyel Reid’s thun­der­bolt flew inches over for Colch­ester early on while mid­way through the first half, Tom Eastman’s header hit the bar af­ter Mikael Man­dron had headed on a Reid cor­ner.

But City came just as close two min­utes later when Pater­son’s ex­cel­lent free-kick from the edge of the area rat­tled the wood­work.

Man­dron blasted waste­fully over for Colch­ester soon af­ter but the vis­i­tors al­most took the lead just be­fore half-time when Pater­son curled wide at the sec­ond at­tempt, af­ter Frankie Kent had blocked his first ef­fort in the area.

City took a shock lead barely 30 sec­onds af­ter the restart when Pater­son fin­ished smartly from close range af­ter Dave Pearce’s cross had picked him out.

Colch­ester dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion af­ter that, with Reid’s de­flected free-kick whistling just wide, keeper Jack Stevens push­ing away sub­sti­tute Craig Slater’s low ef­fort, and Lewis Kin­sella also go­ing close.

But it was well and truly City’s day.

PIC­TURES: TGS Photo

SCALPED: Ox­ford City’s Ma­madou Fo­fana heads the ball away against Colch­ester while, in­set, Matt Pater­son is mobbed af­ter net­ting the win­ner STAR MAN MATT PATER­SON Ox­ford City

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