McGREAL’S AWAY-DAY CHALLENGE
COLCHESTER head coach John McGreal wants his play-off chasing side to replicate their excellent home form on their travels at Morecambe tomorrow.
The U’s continued their fine season at the Weston Homes Community Stadium by holding already-promoted Doncaster Rovers to a hardearned draw to remain two points off the top seven, after Mathieu Baudry cancelled out Brennan Dickenson’s opener.
Colchester have won 13 times at home this season but have not tasted victory on the road in League Two in 2017 .
McGreal said: “We made a great start against Doncaster and we keep doing that at home – we now have to mirror that away from home.
“Hopefully, we’ll do that at Morecambe on Monday but it was a terrific strike again by Brennan (Dickenson) and he has such a powerful left foot that the ball is past the keeper before he makes the dive.
“I thought we were excellent in the first half and it was just disappointing to concede late, just before half-time.
“It gave Doncaster a bit of impetus in the second half but we finished strongly.”
Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson was disappointed with his side’s first-half display but was pleased with their improvement after that, ahead of their home game with Blackpool.
Ferguson said: “You have to give credit to Colchester for the first half.
“We knew that they’d start the game lively but we were just second to everything and we were miles off it.
“It wasn’t acceptable and I don’t care whether we’ve been promoted or not, I’m not interested.
“At the end of the day, I’m looking at things like next season and we want to win the league.
“We’ve kept a six-point gap over Plymouth but if we’d have played well in the first half, we probably would have won the game comfortably and put the whole thing to bed.”
Colchester took a 16thminute lead through Dickenson’s spectacular strike, after Drey Wright’s cross had been flicked on by Richard Brindley.
And the U’s almost doubled their advantage four minutes later when Chris Porter’s impressive shot rattled the post.
But Tom Eastman hacked John Marquis’ effort off the line, before Baudry headed home Gary McSheffrey’s corner to equalise.
McSheffrey’s free-kick clipped a post early in the second half, while Colchester keeper Sam Walker denied Matty Blair and substitute Alfie May, who had raced through on goal from Marquis’ pass.
And Colchester were denied a penalty late on when substitute Rekeil Pyke tumbled in the box under Craig Alcock’s challenge, as the spoils were shared.
LEVEL: Doncaster’s Mathieu Baudry has headed home BRIGHT START: Brennan Dickenson scores Colchester’s goal