Walker is the star as Yeovil are slayed

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Spit­tles

FOR­MER Yeovil goal­keeper Sam Walker made the dif­fer­ence on his re­turn to Huish Park as Colch­ester ended a run of five suc­ces­sive League One de­feats.

Craig East­mond’s 72nd-minute goal earned the Es­sex side three points, but it was Walker’s dis­play that en­sured they claimed vic­tory.

The 23-year-old played 20 games for the Glovers on loan from Chelsea in 2012 be­fore mak­ing a per­ma­nent switch to Colch­ester.

And he pro­duced a man-of-the-match per­for­mance to keep his for­mer club at bay, mak­ing out­stand­ing saves to deny both Si­mon Gillett and Tom Eaves.

Yeovil man­ager Gary John­son, who took Walker on loan to both Northamp­ton and the Glovers, said:“We know all about Sam and he made some bril­liant saves here. Two of them in par­tic­u­lar were out­stand­ing and helped Colch­ester get the win.

“We didn’t cre­ate enough chances and those we did cre­ate we didn’t man­age to put away so we need to be more clin­i­cal in front of goal.

“It was a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance and we were flat. They showed more qual­ity in pos­ses­sion and we didn’t look like win­ning the game.

“We didn't do enough and we need to eval­u­ate what needs to be done very quickly.”

Colch­ester had lost five games in a row to slump into the League One rel­e­ga­tion zone but moved above the Glovers with vic­tory in South Som­er­set.

United’s per­for­mance wasn’t par­tic­u­larly eye­catch­ing but boss Tony Humes was sim­ply pleased to fi­nally stop the rot.

He said:“It didn't mat­ter how we won, we just needed a win for the play­ers’ belief and con­fi­dence how­ever it came here.

“I thought we worked our socks off and whether we de­served it or not I don't care, we got a valu­able win.

“At this stage of the sea­son a win is so im­por­tant and it means we’ve started off the Christ­mas pe­riod in the best way pos­si­ble.

“Sam made a cou­ple of great saves for us and apart from that I thought we limited them to long balls into the box.

“When they did that, Sam’s decision-mak­ing was very good.”

Yeovil had the best chance of a scrappy first half, with Walker re­act­ing su­perbly to keep out Gillett’s vol­ley from close range.

After the break, the United goal­keeper tipped over an ef­fort from Sam Fo­ley be­fore pulling off another stop to keep out Eaves’ back post header.

And that set the plat­form for East­mond’s win­ner, with the for­mer Arse­nal trainee burst­ing for­ward from mid­field to con­vert.


R Colche


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