Sheri­dan fury as Mag­pies mess up

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

JOHN SHERI­DAN could not hide his dis­ap­point­ment af­ter Notts County crashed to an­other de­feat.

The Mag­pies sur­ren­dered a one-goal lead to lose at Colch­ester United and are now just a point above the League Two rel­e­ga­tion zone fol­low­ing a fifth suc­ces­sive league loss.

Richard Duffy’s own goal con­demned them to de­feat at Colch­ester, for whom Kurtis Guthrie can­celled out El­liott He­witt’s early opener.

Sheri­dan said: “I don’t like los­ing and I don’t like us look­ing a poor side.

“I’ve come here for a rea­son – to be suc­cess­ful – and the chair­man put his trust in me, be­cause I’ve done good jobs at other clubs and I feel as though I’m let­ting peo­ple down at the mo­ment.

“I know I’ll be work­ing my socks off but whether the play­ers have got that, I don’t know.

“I’m find­ing it very hard to talk to the play­ers af­ter a per­for­mance again where there was an op­por­tu­nity to win that game, if we wanted it enough.

“I’m ask­ing a lot of ques­tions but I’ve got to sort it out and get us go­ing as quickly as I can.”

Colch­ester have now gone four games un­beaten and have taken ten points from a pos­si­ble 12. Man­ager John McGreal said: “It was nice to come from be­hind and win.

“Notts County are a highly ex­pe­ri­enced team with good qual­ity and over­all we just edged it.

“We con­ceded a poor goal but they re­grouped and we had the bet­ter fi­nal 25 min­utes of the first half, got our goal and then wanted to put it into prac­tice in the sec­ond half.

“We found the first 20 min­utes tough but we got a foothold af­ter the equaliser and I thought over­all on the bal­ance of the game, we just did enough to edge it.”

County were ahead in the 17th minute through for­mer Colch­ester loa­nee He­witt, who headed in from close range af­ter Duffy had nod­ded on Carl Dick­in­son’s cor­ner at the near post.

But Colch­ester equalised seven min­utes later when Guthrie stooped to send a fine div­ing header past keeper Adam Collin from close range for his fifth goal of the sea­son, fol­low­ing Denny John­stone’s ex­cel­lent cross into the six-yard box.

And Colch­ester’s win­ner ar­rived with 15 min­utes re­main­ing when Duffy turned the ball into his own net af­ter Tom East­man had headed Owen Gar­van’s free-kick across goal.

STAR MAN KURTIS GUTHRIE Colch­ester

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