John so proud but U’s come up short

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

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

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