Kevin is Keen to see more from U’s

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

KEVIN Keen be­lieves his team were well worth their point as Colch­ester climbed off the foot of League One thanks to ex-Old­ham man Chris Porter’s late goal.

In his third match in charge of the U’s – who headed into this clash of rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened sides on a run of nine straight league losses – Keen saw his side claim a draw which sends Crewe to the foot of the di­vi­sion.

Porter struck to draw level in the 81st minute as home goal­keeper David Cor­nell flailed and failed to catch a cor­ner from in­flu­en­tial half-time sub­sti­tute Owen Gar­van, the striker di­rect­ing the ball home from close range.

Colch­ester al­most net­ted a win­ner soon af­ter that, when fel­low sub Dar­ren Am­brose rat­tled the bar with a drive from the edge of the penalty area.

“It was the first time in three games I have been dis­ap­pointed with our first half,” said a de­lighted Keen, whose side fell be­hind in the early stages to a Rhys Mur­phy goal in a scrappy clash.

“But we made a change and there was a lot more in­dus­try af­ter that. There were some good bits of foot­ball, on a day when good foot­ball was hard to play be­cause of the pitch and the pres­sure.

“The draw was about right and we had a couple of chances and also hit the bar, so we definitely de­served it.

“We hardly cre­ated chances be­fore half-time but there was a lot more qual­ity in the sec­ond half and we were cer­tainly the bet­ter team.

“I’m really pleased, not just with a point away from home, but also that we have moved up a place in the ta­ble.”

Mur­phy struck to put the home side in front af­ter five min­utes by get­ting on the end of a su­perbly worked free-kick rou­tine.

It was his 12th goal in his last 19 out­ings, in­clud­ing a loan spell at Craw­ley, as he latched on to a Danny Philliskirk pass to slot be­yond El­liott Parish.

Old­ham failed to cap­i­talise on that lead, though, and as the game went on they suf­fered from the lat­est in a string of in­di­vid­ual er­rors which leave man­ager David Dunn with a record of only two wins in 16 league games in charge – none of which have come at home.

“I am strug­gling to find words and any kind of pos­i­tives,” said a frus­trated Dunn.

“We were so close and in the 81st minute it is an­other blun­der. It is like watch­ing a cir­cus at times, isn’t it? Ev­ery­one thinks it so I am go­ing to say it.Why shouldn’t I?

“I feel I am get­ting let down. In prepa­ra­tion there is noth­ing we can do to stop that. It has to come from within and there is a re­spon­si­bil­ity as a foot­baller to go out there and do your jobs prop­erly.”

STAR MAN RICHIE WEL­LENS

Old­ham

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