Nacer Chadli led the way with two goals and an assist on his 100th appearance for us with Eric Dier and Tom Carroll also on target in our first competitive match against the U’s.
Mauricio made seven changes from the team that won at Palace last weekend but there was no change in energy or application as we dominated the first half at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
We only had one goal to show for it, however, and the U’s were enjoying their best spell of the tie when Eric Dier’s 30-yarder was deflected home for 2-0 on 64 minutes. Nacer soon made it 3-0, Ben Davies turned into his own net for 3-1 before Tom Carroll had the final word for 4-1.
“It was a tough game, they always are,” reflected Mauricio. “The FA Cup is magic and we could see that here.
“You need to show respect to every opponent, that’s important.
“We were focused and I’m very pleased with the performance because we created a lot of chances. It wasn’t easy to score from the beginning but in the end it was a good win.
“It was complicated at the start after the concussion suffered by the Colchester player (Alex Wynter and Tom Eastman clashed heads, Wynter was stretchered off, Eastman later went off) - we wish him all the best - and it was difficult, but we’re happy to go into the next round, the job is done.
“We have the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Europa League and we need to keep our momentum. Now we work towards Norwich. “
We return to Premier League action with a trip to Carrow Road on Tuesday (February 2).