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| Your Report added at 12:10:31|
An inspired all round performance from the U’s deservedly produced the league one result of the day.
The faithful were in good voice throughout and 242 often outsung the library like surroundings of Deepdale.
Clearly the plaudits will be for the goalscorers and once again the U’s have started with a great win to rival the 6-3 at Saltergate and 3-0 at Hillsborough.
I was particularly impressed with Matt Heath who played the best game for the U’s that I have watched.
But there were so many positives – Cousins after an initial fumble was resolute and stood firm.
Brian Wilson delivered another solid performance. Magnus was colossal and Michael Rose looks a sure fire winner – his free kick will be worth checking out on the highlights shows.
Formation was clearly 4-5-1 but Kayode Odejayi received plenty of support from Hendo and Woody.
John Joe O’Toole ran the midfield and looks better each game. The captain also produced a terrier like midfield performance.
The bench included Rio, Gilly, James, Coker and White – no Goalkeeper.
On the negative side I do wish that Vincent would not fade away in the second half as he often does fitness perhaps or temperament, I don’t know.
I listened to BBC Lancashire sitting in the car park after the game and Phil Brown was scathing of his defence likening them to sunday league players. Now make no mistake the suggestion was once again that Preston played badly to allow the U’s to prevail.
The fact is that Colchester deserved to win and with a little more fortune in front of goal could have scored six with a hattrick for Hendo.
| Your Report added at 23:49:08|
Well I still haven't seen Colchester win at the Galpharm but they came mighty close today.
A point was fully deserved but we could have had more.
Kayode Odejayi was within a whisker on two occasions of scorin g the winner and looked strong and certainly worth a start at the Withdean on Tuesday.
As you would expect Huddersfield were under pressure to atone for the debacle at Brunton Park in the JPT and were fiirng on all cylinders early doors. Colchester's defence were more than equal to the threat and although Williams had saves to make they failed to put the U's under sustained pressure.
Ben Coker in only his second game looks assured and shows a confidence in his play that has already made Tierney redundant.
Heath and Rio are forming a strong partnership and Lee Beevers (Mr versatile) performed very well and once he begun to tire made way for John White.
In midfield, Andy Bond didn't have one of his strongest days but could have scored in the first half. David Perkins was once again a terrier (no pun intended) and won many duels that he had no right to win.
Ashley Vincent unfortunately tires but shows that hsi pace can unsettle defences.
Mooney works tirelessly and covers every blade of grass (on what was a heavy pitch) but is lacking confidence at present having failed to score recently.
Woody was in and out of the game and didn't get the chance to take any trademark freekicks.
The captain is struggling at present and I would like to see Lloyd James play in his place from the start.
The Colchester faithful were largely quiet today as the Pink Link stand reverberated to the Huddersfield faithful who were noisy for 80 minutes out of the 90.
Prat of the day - Huddersfield Town manager who did his best to imitate Mancini of Man City complete with scarf - he never achieved it and his constant moaning and berating players and officials was tiresome in the extreme.
Disappointment - the league table never lies except when we have played three games less than many of our rivals. When the 46 games have been played we will comfortably be in one of the top six positions.
Now we want Wilson and O'Toole back and fit and quick.
Up the U's
| Your Report added at 11:02:38|
After the disappointment of last week it was back to the draw specialists the U's who remained unbeaten away from home.
Probably the best weather ever at Boundary Park, sunshine and shirt sleeves the order of the day.
Both Williams played well, Tom showed some good touches wasn't afraid to push forward and produced some decent crosses, particularly second half. Ben must improve his distribution but shot stoppping was very good.
Kem Izzet didn't have the best of days, he looked laboured and lost out in the centre of the park too mnay times.
I do hope that Andy Bond is not out for too long following a nasty challenge from Furman which originally was not even given as a free kick by the referee but after Dave Mooney kicked the ball out the ref changed his mind and booked the Latic.
Vincent played well and was also subject to some harsh challenges resulting in an injury delay.
Most disapointing player was Woody who perhaps was not fit but seemed disinterested and failed to get involved in the game.
Dave Mooney worked hard throughout and with Vincent created our two best opportunities.
Problem is he is not going to add to his goalscoring record without better service.
When Hendo came on he was slow and failed to outpace the defenders unlike Vincent who does have genuine pace.
Verdict a deserved point but if we are to make a sustained push for promotion these single points must be turned into wins.
And finally when are we going to see the real Kayode Odejayi - he looks the part, has great strength and prerence but must be
lacking in confidence - a goal is long overdue.
Up the U's
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