Be­lief is sky-high ahead of Cov clash

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Plummer

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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