Comeback is Kee for delighted Coleman
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman led his side to victory at Colchester United – but admitted the game could have gone either way.
Stanley, fresh from their EFL Cup exploits in midweek where they pushed Premier League side West Ham United all the way before losing to a stoppage-time goal, claimed victory thanks to second-half strikes by Romuald Boco and Billy Kee.
They had trailed for much of the game to Drey Wright’s superb seventh-minute goal, and Coleman said: “Colchester scored a great goal and we had a few harsh words at halftime.
“We had to be more adventurous and pass the ball better which we did, although we still didn’t hit the heights I know we can.
“But we improved in the second half and on the back of that improvement, we scored at the right time.
“But the game could have gone either way and there wasn’t much difference between the two teams.
“Colchester are a good side and they pass the ball well and they compete well.
“On another day, Colchester could have won the game.”
Colchester head coach John McGreal admitted his side need to take their opportunities when they come along, after surrendering the lead to lose.
McGreal said: “We have to learn quickly. We’re nine games in and we were in a good position at half-time, without being able to capitalise on it again.
“We tried to get them to get the balls into areas where it could hurt them but I don’t think we did that.
“The word capitalise again keeps coming up and it’s something that we’ve spoken about and something that we’ll improve on.
“It was a game where they got themselves in the lead and they’ve killed the game one way or another by hook or by crook, and they’ve done it well.”
Colchester went ahead through Wright’s fine low effort from 25 yards after he had been fed by Tariqe Fosu.
And Wright and Richard Brindley both went close for the hosts as the U’s went in at half-time ahead.
But Boco ran from inside his own half and scored with a deflected shot to equalise just before the hour.
And Kee tapped home from three yards from skipper Scotty Brown’s pass ten minutes later to score Stanley’s winner.
Accrington skipper Brown was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card but the visitors held on.