Colchester United season-ticket holder Si Collinson's views on the U's

WHAT a result for Colchester United.

To beat Spurs in the Carabao Cup was a magnificent achievement.

A night of history in the new(ish) ground and one that I really hope brings more fans on a regular basis.

The only complaint I have is that the press have mostly concentrated on the Spurs side of the game and their issues instead of our great victory.

The weather during the day was horrid. The traffic getting there was horrid. Everything seemed to be going wrong.

Who was to ever foresee what awaited when we finally made it.

A stadium packed and full ready to see us play what for most was our Champions League Final, against last year's losing team in that very competition.

We weathered the storm of a team full of world-class players, who had nothing in their pocket to find a breakthrough.

Forget Ajax; Prosser and co were just too much and every player played out of their skin.

Then we achieved what was thought to be the impossible and held them to 0-0.

Penalties this year are our thing (maybe Gareth Southgate should come here for tips for the England woes) theirs was saved and they missed. Step up Tom Lapslie.

Everything he does for the club he gives his all and was only fitting that he scored the winning kick.

On to the next round rolls the U’s cup steam train and hopefully another big-named side.

Back to League Two and our win over Leyton Orient, last weekend. Football is at the end of the day a results-driven game, so it was refreshing to see a Colchester team that was able to get the three points at home in a really scrappy game that included some uncharacteristic mistakes.

In times gone by this would have resulted in such a negative way meaning that the players would have laid down and let themselves be rolled over.

But not this team, it was heads up and crack on, meaning not just the win, but also showing a different side to their football than we are normally used to in digging deep and showing reliance.

One thing that does strike me with interest is the way the squad are being managed.

When you look at the bench and the players that are on there week in week out, some of who do not get much game time you could be forgiven to expecting strops, players coming out moaning to agents and the press.

But here at Colchester there seems such a feel-good factor; all the players during warm-ups and even during the game are there as part of the team and doing their bit.

It's great to see, not only the new depth we have but also their attitudes, which are club and team first.

They are there ready to come on, take their chance and impact the game if needed, knowing that if they do well in training and the matches they have a good chance of starting, as this year John McGreal and Steve Ball have shown they will do just that.

We return to the league on Saturday with a trip to Macclesfield.

As much as the cups are all good and fun, it is here we need to cut our teeth and really get this run going again now we are back among the goals.

It is still fairly early days to be looking at the league table, as one win or loss can really alter the look of it.

I personally think that come the festive Christmas period, that is when the table will really be taking shape and we can see who will be in the mix and where improvement is needed.

One thing the team can hopefully be pleased about is the support they receive both home and away.

While we may not be at away games in masses I do think that the noise and passion shown is up there with the best.

Long may that continue along, with Col U picking up the all-important three points.