After the eutopia of the win at Brentford I found last nights game to be a disappointment in some ways as we controlled the first half but failed to get a second which imo would have killed the game off.I kept thinking can this be the Colchester side that went to Charlton and won.
After Colchester scored in the second half they suddenly came a live and I was very relieved that we came away with a point.
Do not want to be to critical as the point is better than none at all but somehow we could just not capitalise on the effort put in by the players.
I cannot disagree with Bedfords comments,(perhaps we should wear name badges,)and totally agree re the comments on Williamson who seemed to get bogged down in the midfield along with Doyle, but Colchester were not as easy to play against as Brentford, but the game needed MacDonald to find that telling ball.I think Williamson is a good player but needed a little more space to play in than that offered last night.Very good tatics by Colchester to close down Williamson and Doyle which affected our ability to get the ball forward to the wings which meant a lot of the play was condensed in the middle.It meant that passes were played in a hurried fashion which did not suit us so we tended to play longer balls.When we get used to winning it is easy to expect it to continue but last night it did not happen even though Ched worked his socks off and tried to get the winning goal.
Unfortunately the lack of one moment of concentration, and they scored, the players are so committed it resulted in a set to between two of our defenders.
Defence was good last night despite conceding the goal, Harry solid at the back, the quick movement of Hill was there and Lowton and Williams had good games.Simmo did everything expected but the midfield, as I have said needed MCD in it.Will he be back soon?
I think Hoskins deserves a run in the side,Porter,well he wins his fair share of headers which helps Evans,but will he score? Quinn had a frustrating evening compared to Brentford, and was seen in the midfield on occassions due to the lack of passes coming out from there.
That leaves us with Beattie and Cresswell,the latter was not on that long and he has had a long season.
I have to agree with Bedford that while I have only seen Beattie on for a few minutes,he is not the Beattie of old and just wonder if he will ever make the impact,and would we have been better with a younger player.
I am certain Danny will get the best out of him and only he knows when that will be.We will of course be delighted if he notched the winner in a vital game to earn us three points and of course it is easier to comment from the fans prospective.
I have to say that I feel positive that with 10 games to go that we should hold onto second spot if we can win our home games,the squad is strong enough, there is a passion in the players, bouyed on by a great set of fans who last night made a lot of noise considering the number was much depleted from last Saturday.
Two things stick in my mind from last night which was the old guy who had difficulty getting down the steps from his seat,with the aid of walking sticks to the front for a comfort break, just stood there with his sticks in the air banging them together as the crowd were singing and also when the Colchester announcer read out the Colchester team before the game and ask their fans to cheer each player some 15 minutes before ko, there were more Blades in the ground than home fans.Shall we sing a song for you echoed round the ground.
How does a club survive on such small gates.
Interesting ground, could not be any closer to the motorway, excellent view point and good leg room.Plenty of parking outside for a £6 ticket.Could not complain, very enjoyable experience.
Just wish we had got three points but at least we keep the promotion push going.
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