The Opposition View - Colchester Utd
Following yesterday's goalless draw with old rivals Colchester United, here are some views on the game from U's manager John Ward and a few of their fans.
Ward was delighted with a clean sheet.
"I think that's one goal conceded in the last five games and we're really pleased about that," he said. "It's what defenders put themselves on the line to do."
"We had to work very hard for this clean-sheet. There were a lot of long throws coming into our penalty box. Wycombe were quite direct, but effective, and we had to deal with that. My back four and my goalkeeper were once again very strong and very solid."
"We haven't misfired at the top end but we haven't been quite as effective with the ball as we've been in recent weeks."
"But these players always give their best and it's a nice little reward for our supporters, who were right behind us all the way. We've all enjoyed another decent result for this football club."
Asked about the the U's best chance when Steven Gillespie charged down a Nikki Bull clearance and collected the rebound, Ward said: "Steven got a wee bit carried away with that and when he looks at it again, he might see another couple of guys in a more favourable position, but that's Steven's nature, he's a goalscorer."
The Colchester fans were content to take a point from what they considered a poor quality game.
The following extracts are taken from cu-fc chat, The U'sual and Twitter.
"Very poor and pretty boring game today with neither team really creating much. Best chance was when Gilly charged down the keeper again but shot rather than laying it off to Woody, although as a striker he's probably allowed to do that! They had a lot of corners but didn't really create much. We suffered from a lack of creativity when Rowlands went off."
"We had a few chances and didn't really take them. I thought it was a scrappy game with nothing much in it. We defended pretty well with the odd little mad moment. At least we came away with a point."
"Wycombe were there for the taking to be honest. They didn't really try playing football and this restricted us quite a bit from getting our own game going. There was a lot of balls hit long by them, which Eastman and Magnus were mopping up all day long. I can't remember Williams making a save. We defended well again, despite not being really tested. We just lacked something in the final third and to be fair Wycombe were hard to break down."
"That was a painful result, the only positive being a clean sheet."
"John Ward's recent signings and ability to make us a team that is hard to score against has started to make me believe. Conceding just one goal in five matches does not happen by accident. Ward is getting it right, and this should be acknowledged by all of us that moaned when we were getting tonked by Stevenage."
Jim French wrote:
"The thing that struck me about the game was the work rate of both sides. Two really honest sets of players giving their all, so that there was very little space or freedom out there. You cannot ask for a lot more. The ref had a good game, we defended corners and long throws very well, and we could have squeaked it 1-0. That's it in a nutshell."
Eddy Melito wrote:
"Not sure the ref had as good a game as you think. I thought he was picky against us and didn't stamp down on their centre backs climbing all over our forwards."
"I would have played anyone but Wycombe yesterday. We just can't defeat them at the moment. They always seem to raise their game and they also made some 'meaty challenges' in their desperation to avoid the drop."
"Wycombe are a strange team, never do well in the league but always frustrate us!"
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