Impressive U’s march on with narrow win
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.