Boothroyd hails Lisbie's penalty nerve

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd hailed the bottle of Kevin Lisbie to take and convert two penalties after missing a first.

Stuart Watson

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd hailed the bottle of Kevin Lisbie to take and convert two penalties after missing a first.

Lisbie put his first penalty over the bar but then converted twice from the spot either side of half-time to give Colchester a deserved 2-0 victory over Hartlepool.

Boothroyd, following his first home match in charge, said: I thought they were definate penalties. You've got to have bottle to take a penalty and if Kevin had wanted to give it to someone else after his miss it would have been fine with me."

He added: "Ben (Williams) had to make a couple of good saves early on and I thought he did very well to keep us in it.

"After that we got the penalty and caused them a few problems, but on another day we could have been 1-0 down. We knew they would be a threat on the counter attack so it was far from comfortable.

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"It has been an eventful first few weeks, we've had two stretchered off and now three penalties so who knows what else is going to come!"