McGreal wants U’s to build on vic­tory

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

COLCH­ESTER head coach John McGreal feels his side are on the up fol­low­ing their im­pres­sive vic­tory over Mans­field.

The U’s made it backto-back wins in League Two thanks to first-half goals from Sean Mur­ray and Mikael Man­dron at the We­ston Homes Com­mu­nity Sta­dium.

McGreal said: “It’s a re­ally good win against one of the top teams in this di­vi­sion and the ex­pe­ri­ence of Steve (Evans) and the promotions that he’s had.

“It’s great for us be­cause we want to build a bit of mo­men­tum and keep get­ting points.

“We love play­ing at home where we get the fans right be­hind us.

“We al­ways tend to start well here which we did again to­day and it’s a great win.

“We do tend to get chances at home and you al­ways fancy us to cre­ate more than we do away but hope­fully we can even that out.”

Mans­field boss Steve Evans was left to be­moan his side’s missed op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter they fell to their third league de­feat of the sea­son.

“I can’t re­ally be­lieve how we didn’t score to­day, as we had enough good chances to do so,” he said.

“I thought that the per­for­mance was good and the re­sponse from the sup­port­ers wasn’t so good.

“I thought the play­ers gave ev­ery­thing and we were re­ally un­for­tu­nate. We had a lot of dom­i­na­tion but dom­i­na­tion isn’t enough.

“The shot from the free-kick is go­ing straight into Con­rad’s (Lo­gan) arms and it’s hit the trail­ing leg of Alex Mac­Don­ald and gone into the far cor­ner.

“For the sec­ond goal, we weren’t quick enough and the boy peeled off and scored a sim­ple header.”

Mikael Man­dron and Bren­don Han­lan both went close for Colch­ester early on but Mans­field also looked men­ac­ing, with Will Atkin­son’s div­ing header just off tar­get and Sam Walker deny­ing Danny Rose.

Mans­field keeper Con­rad Lo­gan foiled Kyel Reid be­fore Colch­ester went ahead just be­fore the half-hour through Mur­ray, whose de­flected 20-yard shot flew in.

And the U’s went fur­ther ahead five min­utes later when Man­dron bril­liantly glanced Mur­ray’s cross in at the far post.

Mans­field started the sec­ond half strongly and Rose’s div­ing header flew just over, while Alex Mac­Don­ald’s pow­er­ful shot was saved by Walker.

Sub­sti­tute Lee An­gol also scuffed tamely wide in stop­page-time but Mur­ray and Man­dron both squan­dered fur­ther good chances be­fore that.


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