Sheridan fury as Magpies mess up
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