Boss hints at changes for Wolves trip
COLCHESTER United boss Geraint Williams has hinted that there might be changes for the trip to Wolves on Wednesday.The U's boss was not happy with side's defending, or the way that they started the game, during Saturday's frustrating 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace.
By Carl Marston
COLCHESTER United boss Geraint Williams has hinted that there might be changes for the trip to Wolves on Wednesday.
The U's boss was not happy with side's defending, or the way that they started the game, during Saturday's frustrating 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace.
“It's very annoying. We had spoken about the need to be bright and positive early on, but we weren't,” admitted Williams.
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“Once again, the game was won and lost in the first 10 minutes. People have been getting behind our defence too easily to cross and score, and we were then caught out by an innocuous long ball for the sending-off (of Pat Baldwin). I have no complaints with that decision.
“We've got to learn from our mistakes, and learn quickly. There might be changes for the Wolves game this week.
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“We can't keep coming back from these knocks. It's okay for people to say that it's a fantastic effort for us to come back in these games, but these are all self-inflicted knocks.
“We created three or four very good chances after going down to 10 men, but once again we gave ourselves a mountain to climb by being sloppy at the back,” added Williams.
For his opposite number, Neil Warnock, it was a ground-breaking day. Warnock was keen to celebrate his first win as Crystal Palace manager, at the seventh attempt, although he refused to get too carried away.
“One swallow doesn't make a summer. We know that we have limitations,” explained Warnock.
“But it's nice to get it off your back, to get that first win. We have had two or three great opportunities away from home before today. In fact, we have been doing better away from home.
“To be honest, I thought that we would have won comfortably if it had stayed at 11 versus 11. Colchester played well with 10 men and they kept plugging away.
“Colchester are a great little club, and to get anything from here you have to work really hard and put in a lot of effort.
“We had drawn our previous three games, and it certainly sounds better to say that we're unbeaten in four, rather than having no wins in nine.
“The reaction of our fans showed what this win means to them. I thought that we'd just won promotion,” added Warnock.