Colchester United v Stevenage preview: U’s are a different animal at home, says Tom Lapslie

PUBLISHED: 06:00 12 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 12 August 2017

Tom Lapslie, cracks in a shot during last season's 4-2 win at Stevenage, who are today's visitors to the Community Stadium. Picture: PAGEPIX

Tom Lapslie, cracks in a shot during last season's 4-2 win at Stevenage, who are today's visitors to the Community Stadium. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Tom Lapslie, Colchester United’s current skipper at the young age of just 21, insists that their excellent home form will again stand the U’s in good stead this season.

The U’s narrowly missed out on the League Two play-offs by just one point and one place last term, thanks chiefly to a fine home record which featured 14 wins from 23 league games at the Community Stadium.

The inspirational Lapslie, a success story of the U’s Academy, is adamant that normal service will resume as the Essex club bid to return to the third tier in their second season at League Two level.

“We are a different animal at home,” said Lapslie, ahead of this afternoon’s visit of Stevenage.

“It’s our first home league game of the season, and we are looking for the three points.

“Accrington Stanley (3-1 away defeat last weekend) was never going to be an easy start to the season, although none of us were happy with the way that we played. Even so, we had several chances to score in that game, and could have won but for a few defensive errors.

“I think that many teams will drop points at Accrington throughout the season. It’s a difficult place to visit, at any time of the year, and that was proved by Preston losing there in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

“We are a confident team at home. I thought we were excellent against Aston Villa (2-1 defeat in the Carabao Cup), in what were some horrible weather conditions.

“It was a big occasion, in front of a big crowd, although we tried to keep it as normal-a-game as possible.

“I thought we did ourselves proud, but we must not dwell on that. We have another big game to look forward to,” added Lapslie.

Pocket dynamo Lapslie impressed alongside Sean Murray in a defensive midfield pairing against Villa, contesting the man-of-the-match award with Sammie Szmodics, who was again a livewire ahead of them.

And Lapslie also had the continued honour of leading out the U’s team.

“I’m only captain for the moment, because Pross (Luke Prosser) is still injured,” said Lapslie.

“However, it’s a nice honour to have. Playing in the middle of the park is a good place to be, as captain, although as soon as the match starts, you tend to forget that you are captain!”

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