The Opposition View - Colchester United
Following yesterday's 1-1 at Colchester United, here are some views on the game from U's manager John Ward and a few of their fans.
Ward was still upbeat despite seeing his side drop a point to the Blues.
"We had a fantastic first-half and played some excellent football, and we've got to respect what Wycombe have done in the second period," he said.
"If they had carried on like that, we probably would have taken two or three more chances and they would have gone home with a hefty defeat. But Gary Waddock's a clever guy, he had to do something and we'd have done the same if we'd been outplayed like that for forty-five minutes - you're just pleased you're only a goal down. "
"So credit to them, they came out and made life more difficult for us but we've come back again and really hit them in the last 15 minutes."
"It`s a super league this. There are some good teams in it, and we're one of them."
The Colchester fans were disappointed not to have made their superiority count.
The following extracts are taken from cu-fc chat.
"A very disappointing result. All over them like a rash in the first half and should have gone in with a lead of more than one goal . The penalty really turned it. It completed deflated us, and off we go with only a point."
"It wasn't a penalty. The Wycombe player went down way too easily."
"We were dominant in the first half and should really have been 2/3 up on the balance of play. Before they scored they had nothing, and after they scored we had nothing and Wycombe could have nicked it. Disappointing result against a team that will be bottom 6 this season."
"I know it's all too easy to say the ref was shit when he disallows a goal or gets something wrong which affects the game, but that guy today was a total arse. Blew up for every innocuous challenge we made and let them off quite lightly. Odejayi was pretty much assaulted every time he got the ball. Very poor show. But I'm not blaming the ref for us not winning. We didn't win because Wycombe played better than us in the 2nd half and deserved their point on the balance of play"
"I think we deserved more than a point just for our sheer domination of the first half which really could have been 3-0. Of course, if you factor in those woodwork hits then it really should have been three points."
"Second half we seemed to go to sleep and maybe Wycombe started to compete better. (In the first half I had to pinch myself to remind me that there were actually 2 teams on the pitch!), It was a lesson that 1-0 is never enough, and Wycombe could have stolen it right at the death which would have been daylight robbery."
North Essex Casual wrote:
"We never fail to disappoint. I personally think that's probably the worst side we shall see at Colchester this season."
"Very good first half, absolutely dire in the second. Wycombe sussed that if they strung out across the middle and got tighter on Vincent, Henderson, Rose and Wilson, we would struggle to be effective. We could have been 4-0 up at half time, but were it not for a great save from Cousins we could have lost in the end."
Abberton Jet wrote:
"Quite simply, Wycombe didn't turn up in the first half. They gave us so much space in midfield that Wordsworth could spray the ball about as he pleased unchallenged. They didn't close us down quickly and the likes of Vincent and Henderson had time and space to attack them at will. They must have got a rollicking at half time because they looked a different side in the second half, although they still looked pretty toothless upfront. (in fact I said during the game that the only way they were going to score was from a set piece). But they seemed to double their effort, played a bit higher up the pitch, got more physical and closed us down quicker."
Next Game: Orient v Wycombe - Tues 16th Aug - 7.45 pm