Colchester denied at death by Adelakun
FOOTBALL can be a cruel game. Just when struggling Colchester thought they had secured a priceless win, they were denied in stoppage-time by a wicked deflection, dealing their survival hopes a major blow.
The U’s are now four points adrift of safety with three games remaining after youngster Hakeeb Adelakun equalised five minutes after coming on as a substitute with a shot that looped in off Matt Briggs.
Colchester had fought back well after trailing to Theo Robinson’s superb strike at half-time. They scored twice in four minutes through Tom Eastman and Chris Porter, before Adelakun’s late strike.
U’s boss Tony Humes said: “It was a difficult game and conditions didn’t make it easy to play in.
“But the players were fantastic in the second half and they stuck at it and worked their way back into the game.
“We eventually got our noses in front but it was a sucker-punch at the end with a deflected goal. The defender has got to get tighter to stop the ball going into the box.
“It’s hard to take but the game is not over until it’s over.
“We put ourselves into a great position and it hasn’t happened for us, but there are still three games to go and we have to see what we can get out of them.”
Scunthorpe manager Mark Robins was unhappy with the way his side allowed Colchester back into the game.
He said: “We coasted and I’m sick of us just doing enough.
“I’m frustrated and angry because we haven’t performed.
“We got another point and we have to move on but I just want to get to the end of the season, keep our status intact and then start putting things right, because it isn’t right.
“They equalised and then we switched off from a set play. All of a sudden, they got a free shot on goal and it put us 2-1 down.
“I’m furious. We keep talking about players being good enough, but they have to prove that week in, week out.”
Scunthorpe keeper Luke Daniels denied Richard Brindley in the first half, while Colchester’s Gavin Massey nodded wide with only Daniels to beat.
Robinson gave Scunthorpe the lead on the half-hour with a delightful shot from the edge of the area, after the Colchester defence had failed to clear Daniels’ long kick.
But, after Massey had clipped the bar, Eastman blasted home from a corner with nine minutes remaining and Porter converted David Fox’s pass four minutes later to put the U’s ahead, only for Adelakun to salvage Scunthorpe a dramatic point.
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