John so proud but U’s come up short
JOHN MCGREAL said he was proud of his Colchester United players after they beat Yeovil Town despite agonisingly missing out on a place in the League Two play-offs.
Tarique Fosu’s brace gave the U’s the victory they needed to keep themselves in the hunt but wins elsewhere for Carlisle and Blackpool put paid to their hopes of a top-seven finish.
Colchester head coach McGreal said: “It’s gone against us a little bit.
“A couple of years ago it went for us when we beat Preston, but that hasn’t happened this time.
“We set out to win a game of football and the boys have stood up to that little bit of pressure and taken it on their shoulders.
“They put in a great performance to win 2-0 – we were reliant on other teams and we haven’t been able to get into the play-offs because of that, but we’ve done our best.
“The players have been terrific and there are a load of bright points for this football club.”
Darren Way admitted his Yeovil side lacked quality in the final third after they were beaten on the final day.
Way said: “I was disappointed when the first goal went in because we became a little bit despondent.
“But having said that, we got going again in the second half and I thought we got on the front foot more than they did.
“The line between winning and losing is so small and to score goals, you need that little bit more quality in the final third.
“Every now and again this season we’ve lacked that.
“I didn’t feel that we were in any threat – at times we had three up top and, by the end, we had four up top so it wasn’t like we sat behind the ball.”
Fosu struck either side of half-time to give Colchester victory.
The Reading loanee gave the U’s the lead nine minutes before halftime when he drilled home a fine low shot from 25 yards.
And he wrapped up Colchester’s impressive win with 13 minutes to go when he slotted in, after Tom Eastman had capitalised on a Yeovil mix-up to pick him out perfectly following a corner.
Colchester’s Matt Briggs had headed wide at the far post and then dragged a shot off target, before Fosu’s opener.
Drey Wright also blasted a good chance over early in the second half.
And Yeovil rarely threatened, with Otis Khan coming closest for them early on with a first-time effort that flew just over.
STAR MAN TARIQUE FOSU Colchester