CHELMSFORD City boss Glenn Pennyfather was understandably waxing lyrical after his Clarets side dumped neighbours Colchester United out of the FA Cup yesterday.

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The non-league hosts were good value for their 3-1 win at Melbourne Park, thanks to a brace from Donovan Simmonds and a late third from Jamie Slabber. Michael Rose replied for the U’s with a free-kick.

Pennyfather, the former Southend and Ipswich Town midfielder, was in buoyant mood when addressing the press just after the final whistle – the first question prompted an enthusiastic three-minute response from the delighted boss.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” enthused 49-year-old Pennyfather.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say it, when you get results like this. You’re a little bit in shock, trying to take everything in.

“When we went 1-0 up, I thought me might have stung Colchester into a bit of action.

“But I thought we got our game-plan spot on today.

“There was a little bit of turmoil at the start, with losing Robbie Edmans to injury. He’s been fantastic since he’s been on loan from Dagenham for us.

“So it was Plan B, C and D come into operation, and we eventually got the right one!

“David (Rainford, assistant manager)) and myself had a good chat about it overnight – not all night though! – and this morning, and I thought we got that spot on.

“We knew that we had to stop Colchester playing. I’ve watched them three times and the are a good side, in really good form.

“So I’m delighted with the way that we have gone about our work,” added Pennyfather.


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