|wessex_exile added 17:03 - Sep 6|
I've already posted some of this on the board, but overall an uninspiring match by and large, but that shouldn't detract from the actual performance of the U's, which perversely was really quite good across the board. Henderson and Izzet are the only players I've marked down, the former because he was largely absent from the game for long periods, and Izzy for no other reason than he nearly (should have) cost us the win with his wayward pass. Thank god Cousins stood tall driving Byfield further wide than he wanted to be to spare Kemi's blushes, because it would have tarnished what was otherwise another solid midfield performance from the Col U munchkins. Bond, Wilson and Mooney continue to demonstrate just why we've made the right decision in John Ward, Wilson's cross for the goal was simply perfect.
In the end, a hard-fought but definitely well-deserved 3pts for the U's.
As a final P.S. to the day, I was chatting with a elderly gentleman from Wolves on the train back from Bescot to New Street, who had returned to England for the first time after emigrating to Australia over 40 years ago. He agreed that it was the right result for the match, but also commended us (and Walsall) on the spirit that the match was played out in - very fair, not overly dirty or aggressive - all in all a pleasing day out at the football for the gentleman, who returns to Australia this week. The reason we started chatting in the first place? - well, just before leaving for Australia all those years ago, the last game of football he got to see - Walsall v Colchester at the old Fellows Park (must have been 25th Nov 1967 I reckon). When he knew his travel plans, and compared them with fixture lists, he knew he just had to make it the first (only actually) match when he got back as well.