Match Report


Thu 21 Jan 16

Colchester United's Emirates FA Cup run came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as a classy Tottenham ran out 4-1 victors.

Despite the defeat, the U's came out of the game with plenty of positives and their heads held high as they gave a good account of themselves against one of this season's most impressive sides.

Goals change games and the key moments in the match broke in the visitors favour as they progressed to the last sixteen.

The match unfolded after a dramatic start to the 90 minutes, as Alex Wynter and Tom Eastman clashed heads in sickening fashion with just 71 seconds on the clock.

The two challenged for a ball with Harry Kane and Wynter's chin met the top of Eastman's head, with the former briefly knocked out as a result of the challenge.

After several minutes of treatment, the former Palace man was whisked off to hospital for further observations - but was later sitting up and talking in hospital on Saturday afternoon.

With Eastman off the pitch receiving treatment for a cut head, the U's had to man the forts to keep their top flight opponents at bay for the first fifteen minutes.

Eastman briefly returned to action before being replaced by Matt Briggs, meaning the U's had used two of their three subs early in the game and had to reshuffle the back four with Briggs and Kent lining up at centre half.

Spurs got the lead that their early endeavours deserved as Chadli curled home from distance but, if anything, that only served to spark the U's into life for the remainder of the first half.

They pressed the Spurs defence without testing Vorm too often, whilst the keeper's hesitation to come and sweep balls away like his keeping counterpart Hugo Lloris almost caused confusion on a couple of occasions.

Enthused by their conclusion to the first half, the U's started brightly in the second, their endeavours enlivening the home support as the team worked together on and off the pitch.

Seven minutes into the second half, Ambroses low shot was deflected just wide, before a minute later Massey's low shot was swallowed up by Vorm at his near post.

Ambrose then delivered a dangerous cross right across the face of goal that just eluded Porter and it seemed like it would be the U's who would score next.

But, after Chadli had hit the bar from close range, the visitors doubled their lead in cruel fashion as Dier's shot took a huge deflection to wrong foot Kean and double Spurs' lead on 64 minutes.

And yet the U's kept pressing. They had a big chance on 74 minutes, as Sordell broke through, but his chance clipped the outside of the post.

That miss was punished when Spurs extended their advantage. A ball came in from the right and Chadli dipped his head to nod home Spurs' third and his second.

The U's got some rewards for their efforts with ten minutes to go. Moncur played in the impressive Massey and although his shot came back off the post, Davies could only turn it into his own net.

The flurry of goals continued - this time it was Carroll, who was on hand to turn home from close range after a flowing Spurs move.

So a 4-1 win for the Premier League side but an important day for the club and the stadium overall.

Now onto the real business of League One survival and a big derby game against Southend.

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