Humes fumes at late, late leveller
COLCHESTER United manager Tony Humes admitted his side’s draw at Gillingham felt more like a defeat after a dramatic late equaliser denied them a precious win at the Priestfield Stadium.
Doug Loft struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time to salvage a point for the Gills and leave the U’s four points adrift of safety, with eight games left.
Humes said: “It feels like a defeat – we were so close yet so far yet again.
“The boys have been fantastic, but it was a bit of naivety and youthful exuberance.You have to learn to manage games.
“If we had, we’d have got three fantastic points and I thought we were superb out there apart from 90 seconds.
“We knew what to expect and Gillingham didn’t cause us masses of problems other than the set plays that were going in.
“We got back into the lead with a great goal from Chris Porter but then the referee has found seven minutes from somewhere.”
Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh was pleased with his side’s response, after they fought back twice to secure a draw.
Edinburgh said:“We have to be pleased to have rescued something, but I think it would have been unjust if we hadn’t.
“The start we had was very positive but we petered out a bit in the first half and Colchester came into it.
“We made changes and brought Jermaine McGlashan on who gave us some good width and impetus, and we took the second half by the scruff of the neck and really went at Colchester.
“They’ve hit us on the counter-attack twice which we’re a bit disappointed about, but we have to look at it as a positive outcome in the end.”
Gillingham almost went ahead after 20 seconds when Sam Walker parried Cody McDonald’s effort and the Colchester keeper also denied Aaron Morris, while Luke Norris’ curling effort flew just over.
Porter shot wide just after half-time but Gillingham might have had a penalty when substitute McGlashan tumbled under Matt Briggs’ challenge in the area. Colchester took the lead just after the hour when George Moncur finished well from 12 yards, from Porter’s farpost header.
But Walker denied Bradley Dack before Max Ehmer headed in Loft’s free-kick to equalise, with eight minutes remaining.
Porter headed in Matt Briggs’ cross to restore Colchester's lead, with three minutes to go.
Gavin Hoyte hit the bar for Gillingham and Briggs was dismissed for two bookable offences, before Loft lashed in from the edge of the area to score a dramatic equaliser.
STAR MAN DOUG LOFT Gillingh