Im­pres­sive U’s march on with nar­row win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

IT TOOK Colch­ester United nearly six weeks to reg­is­ter six points in League One last sea­son.

But af­ter record­ing back-to-back league wins against newly-pro­moted clubs, the U’s have al­ready reached that mile­stone with the new cam­paign barely a week old.

Gavin Massey’s closerange fin­ish with 16 min­utes re­main­ing gave them a de­served 1-0 win over Port Vale, to fol­low up their open­ing-day vic­tory by the same score­line at Gilling­ham.

U’s boss Joe Dunne said:“I think we’ve now got some of the best move­ment within the team and I’m re­ally ex­cited about the fu­ture.

“We won’t win ev­ery week but we should em­brace it – it was a good win for us.

“With the team I picked, the onus was on the front four to cre­ate and I thought that we saw that in the first 30 min­utes.

“All we were short of were a cou­ple more goals but over­all, I was re­ally pleased.

“We were re­silient enough to see it out and on the bal­ance of play, I thought we de­served it.”

Port Vale boss Micky Adams ad­mit­ted his side were not at their best.

Adams said:“We started off with a sys­tem that didn’t work and I’ll put my hand up for that.

“Ob­vi­ously I picked the wrong side but I am re­ally dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance. I think that was as poor as I’ve seen us for a while.

“When we had seen Colch­ester down at Gilling­ham they had three cen­tre-for­wards who played re­ally close to­gether.

“So I thought I’d sti­fle that if I could but it didn’t work. I thought the en­thu­si­asm for the game wasn’t there from us, for some rea­son.

“Next week I will change the side – I don’t want to go over­board but it was a poor per­for­mance.”

Fred­die Sears’ curl­ing ef­fort came back off the wood­work for Colch­ester early on.

And al­though Doug Loft’s ex­cel­lent halfvol­ley flew just wide for Vale, Colch­ester were on top.

Vale keeper Chris Neal was im­pres­sive through­out and de­nied Massey and Sears be­fore the break, while Jabo Ibehre knocked a re­bound ef­fort wide af­ter Sanchez Watt’s lofted pass had caused prob­lems for Vale, who fin­ished the first half well.

Sears fired just wide early in the sec­ond half while mid­way through the half, Vale’s Chris Lines went close with an ef­fort that whis­tled just past the post.

But Colch­ester fi­nally scored their win­ner through Massey, who tapped in from close range af­ter Neal had saved Ibehre’s low ef­fort with his legs.

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