Fox in the box Porter de­lights coach McGreal

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Wil­liams

JOHN McGreal was de­lighted with the char­ac­ter of his Colch­ester United play­ers af­ter they recorded an im­pres­sive vic­tory at Steve­nage.

The U’s ex­tended their un­beaten run to six matches and have now taken 16 points from a pos­si­ble 18, to move to within two points of the play-off places.

Colch­ester head coach McGreal said: “For them to come back to 2-2 and for us to step on again was ter­rific and it was great char­ac­ter from the boys.

“I have to give the boys tons of credit – the 3-5-2 that we’ve been go­ing with of late worked to a cer­tain ex­tent in the first half.

“Chris Porter has been ter­rific again – you know what you’re go­ing to get from him and at the mo­ment, he’s a bit of a fox in the box that we didn’t have, in that win­less run.”

Colch­ester took a 15th-minute lead through Bren­nan Dick­en­son, who headed in Owen Gar­van’s cor­ner at the near post.

And Kur­tis Guthrie net­ted from the penalty spot four min­utes later af­ter be­ing brought down in the area by Steve­nage keeper Jamie Jones.

Steve­nage halved the deficit six min­utes be­fore the break through Ben Kennedy, who headed home pow­er­fully from Steve Schu­macher’s free-kick.

And the hosts lev­elled seven min­utes af­ter the break when Matt God­den cap­i­talised on Ge­orge Elokobi’s at­tempted clear­ance to fire home.

But Chris Porter grabbed Colch­ester’s win­ner with nine min­utes re­main­ing, steer­ing home Richard Brind­ley’s ef­fort from close range.

And sub­sti­tute Tarique Fosu wrapped up Colch­ester’s im­pres­sive win in stop­page­time when he lashed home Porter’s pass.

Steve­nage boss Dar­ren Sarll said: “I hold my hands up and apol­o­gise to the sup­port­ers who have spent their money for the first 35 min­utes of the first half, be­cause it was rub­bish.

“Aside from the last ten min­utes of the first half and the first 15, maybe 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half, it’s been nowhere near good enough.

“The hor­ri­ble thing is that we’ve played very well at home and lost, and I have been able to stand and de­fend the play­ers and say there’s a pro­gres­sion there in the per­for­mance.

“But when you play so poorly at home and lose, there’s no de­fence for that.

“It’s a hum­bling one. There needs to be a con­se­quence for that type of per­for­mance.”

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