The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

THE GOALS were shared around at Fleet­wood but as­sis­tant boss Chris Luck­etti says Jimmy Ryan’s ef­fort topped the lot as they brushed aside Colch­ester.

The Cod Army picked up their sec­ond league win of the sea­son by pun­ish­ing some sloppy U’s de­fend­ing in each half, with Ryan, David Ball, Jamie Proc­tor and sub­sti­tute Jamille Matt all get­ting on the score­sheet at High­bury.

And the best came on 24 min­utes, as midfielder Ryan made space for him­self be­fore plant­ing a bullet past El­liot Parish.

Luck­etti said: “We’re de­lighted and it was a real team ef­fort – we got our just re­ward.

“It was nip and tuck be­fore we scored and it took a bit of qual­ity from Jimmy Ryan, which the lad has got a lot of. It was a su­perb goal and it gave ev­ery­one a lift – the lads re­sponded and they took the game on from there.

“There was a bit of for­tune for our sec­ond goal but we played some good football be­fore that.

“We scored twice more in the sec­ond half and it’s great to have all of the strik­ers scor­ing goals.”

Ge­orge Moncur’s ef­fort sailed wide be­fore the Cod Army took the lead when Ryan held off a cou­ple of chal­lenges and fired into the top cor­ner from 25 yards. And things got bet­ter for the home side three min­utes later when Ball’s ef­fort de­flected off U’s de­fender Alex Wyn­ter, loop­ing over goal­keeper Parish and in.

Cod Army ‘keeper Chris Maxwell de­nied Alex Gil­bey just be­fore half-time but Fleet­wood struck mo­ments af­ter the break through Proc­tor, who con­verted Amari’i Bell’s cross from close range.

Gavin Massey twice went close for Colch­ester af­ter that and Maxwell foiled Ma­cauley Bonne.

But Fleet­wood rounded off a com­pre­hen­sive win with four min­utes re­main­ing when sub­sti­tute Matt tapped home Bell’s low cross from close range. Ac­cord­ing to Colch­ester boss Tony Humes, poor de­fend­ing caused his side’s down­fall. He said: “We were soft at the back – we can do the nice bits of the game al­right but the bits that re­ally mat­ter, it was more than poor. It was the ba­sics all af­ter­noon – we started the game well and were on top for the first ten to 15 min­utes but when we didn’t score that goal, we started giv­ing the ball away and peo­ple stopped work­ing.

“If you don’t do the ba­sics well, you get what we re­ceived. The only way we looked like caus­ing them any prob­lems was from mid­field­ers get­ting strikes from out­side the box.”


’I BELL Fleetwo


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