Belief is sky-high ahead of Cov clash
OLDHAM Athletic hero Connor Brown says his side will be feeding off the high of their victory away to Colchester when they take on Coventry tomorrow.
The Latics gave their survival chances a massive boost by winning at Colchester on Good Friday – hoisting them to 16th, just one place and one point above the Sky Blues. And Brown, who claimed Oldham’s winner in Essex, says spirits will be sky high heading into the Boundary Park clash.
“It was such a big result for us on Friday,” said the 21-year-old.
“The boys were buzzing and hopefully we can follow it up against Coventry.
“Three of our last four games are all at home, so we’ve got an opportunity to finish really well and well clear of danger.”
Brown was in no doubt that Friday’s winner was his goal – and not an own goal by Tom Eastman. Just seconds before half-time, right back Brown burst into the box and delivered a low centre from the right, which deflected off defender Tom Eastman’s boot and looped into the U’s net.
“It’s my goal and noone is going to take it away from me,” said the former Sheffield United man. The ball was heading towards the bottom corner and like all strikers would do I’m going to claim it.
“Overall, it was a tough game and we had to soak up a lot of pressure. But we defended well, worked hard and it was a big three points.”
Colchester created the better of the chances and Alex Gilbey had their best inside the first three minutes, powering into the area to meet Freddie Sears’ corner but with the goal at his mercy, he headed over.
Jabo Ibehre should also have done better with another headed effort, nodding straight at Latics goalkeeper Paul Rachubka from Gavin Massey’s cross. The U’s continued to have the better of it in the second half and Gilbey saw a long-range effort deflected narrowly over.
Substitute Dominic Vose then unleashed a curling effort from distance that went just wide, while Ibehre tried a low shot that was deflected narrowly wide of Rachubka’s post.
Colchester boss Joe Dunne admitted the defeat was hard to take.
“It was a difficult game to lose and a big blow in terms of trying to survive in this league,” he said.
“But we’re not down and we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves.
“It looks like we’re going to have to do it the hard way but we’ll go again and with three games to go, we can still get ourselves out of trouble. People will leave thinking we’re down, but they shouldn’t feel that.”
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