RYAN’S SCORCHER STARTS OFF
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.”
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