The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Josh Ni­cholls

COLCH­ESTER manager Tony Humes is hop­ing Sam­mie Sz­mod­ics can fire his side to safety af­ter the mid­fielder’s early strike was enough to see off Old­ham Ath­letic at Bound­ary Park.

Sz­mod­ics was quick off the mark to bag his fourth of the cam­paign in­side two min­utes as the U’s recorded a first win in three matches.

And Humes could not speak highly enough of his match win­ner fol­low­ing the victory and lauded the 19-year-old’s goalscor­ing prow­ess.

“Sammy has al­ways had a knack of scor­ing goals dur­ing his time at the club from a very young age,” said Humes.“And let’s hope he can go on a run of scor­ing.

“He gam­bled and it re­ally came off. Even though we scored early, I don’t think Old­ham gave us too many prob­lems.

“I thought it was a pa­tient dis­play from the team and a con­fi­dent one.”

De­spite suf­fer­ing a 4-1 de­feat to Sh­effield United in their pre­vi­ous out­ing Humes’ men got off to a fly­ing start af­ter just two min­utes when Gavin Massey headed a lofted ball across the face of goal to the un­marked Sz­mod­ics who swept the ball past stranded Lat­ics goal­keeper Jake Kean from closerange.

Boosted by their early goal the vis­i­tors sat deep and frus­trated Lee John­son’s side for the re­main­der of the first half, with Sz­mod­ics con­tin­u­ing to threaten on the break, the mid­fielder flash­ing a danger­ous shot across goal in the 32nd minute.

Old­ham toiled in the first half and manager Lee John­son ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that they never re­cov­ered from their slug­gish start.

“What killed us was the first 20 min­utes,” John­son said.

“The fact that we’ve con­ceded a poor goal, look at the mis­takes we’ve made.

“We’ve made in­di­vid­ual mis­takes due to what looked like a clas­sic case of af­ter the Lord Mayor’s show.

“The start, I don’t know what it was, I wish I did.

“I don’t know if it was be­cause we couldn’t han­dle the pres­sure of a bet­ter crowd, whether we couldn’t han­dle the fact that we had to break down a side that was in the bot­tom four.”

The Lat­ics did im­prove af­ter the break and Mike Jones missed a golden op­por­tu­nity to level within two min­utes of the restart, screw­ing his half-vol­ley from in­side the box wide af­ter U’s goal­keeper Sam Walker could only punch a Jonathan Forte cross from the left.

Skip­per Liam Kelly, Forte and Daniel Philliskirk all fluffed their lines in the closing stages as the hosts chased an equaliser in vain.

Kelly thought he had lev­elled at the death for Old­ham af­ter stabbing in a Rhys Turner knock­down from close range, but his ef­fort was ruled out for off­side.

And Colch­ester hung on much to John­son’s frus­tra­tion, who knows his side must im­prove against the league’s strug­gling teams at the bot­tom of the ta­ble if they are to have an im­pact at the other end.

“Lets not mask over it, we’ve lost to ev­ery one of the bot­tom five now and it is poor,” John­son added.

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