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Colchester United 0 Cambridge United 0, match reaction: ‘We need to be more clinical’ – John McGreal

PUBLISHED: 17:34 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:38 01 January 2018

Colchester United boss John McGreal gives directions during the 0-0 draw this afternoon. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Colchester United boss John McGreal gives directions during the 0-0 draw this afternoon. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss John McGreal admits that his side have to be more ruthless in front of goal, following today’s goalless home draw against Cambridge.

Colchester extended their impressive run to just two defeats in their last 17 matches, although they had to make do with just a point this afternoon.

John McGreal’s men had the better of the first half, but the visitors gained the ascendancy after the break and looked the likely more winners, until a late flurry of chances from the hosts.

“We are looking solid, and that’s three clean-sheets on the trot for us, but we just need to be more clinical with our finishing,” insisted McGreal.

“After our first-half performance, we were very disappointed to go in at half-time only level. We had several good opportunities and created several chances.

“It was a real ding-dong game, and Drey (Wright) continues to get himself into good positions, without being able to finish off the chances.

“I’ve had a few chats with Drey. I’m sure that first goal (of the season) will soon arrive, and then the goals should come like buses. He had two good opportunities in that first half.

“We knew that Cambridge would change it in the second half, and I thought our back five were excellent, before our substitutes made a late impact,” added McGreal.

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