‘We can’t buy a goal’ – McGreal after U’s 2-0 defeat at Bury
Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admitted that his side “cannot buy a goal” at the moment, following this afternoon’s damaging 2-0 defeat at Bury.
A second-half brace by striker Dom Telford sealed the U’s fate at Gigg Lane, against a Bury side who had lost their previous three matches.
The U’s have now lost five of their last six matches, and not scored in any of those five defeats – the one highlight was a 1-0 win at Cambridge.
With results elsewhere not going for the U’s either, they find themselves five points adrift of the top seven with just four matches remaining.
“We cannot buy a goal at the moment, while individual errors are costing us at the other end,” rued McGreal.
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“I thought our first half was one of our best performances of the year, against a top team at this level.
“We had eight or nine shots in the first half, while Bury didn’t have any. But we couldn’t take any of those opportunities.
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“We certainly didn’t lose that game tactically, instead it was mistakes that cost us, not picking up from a corner and not clearing our lines.
“We bossed the first 20 minutes, and kept that going until half-time, but we couldn’t make it pay inside the 18-yard box,” added McGreal.
Skipper Luke Prosser was helped off midway through the second half, and McGreal confirmed: “Luke has injured his ankle. It’s very sore and he is in a lot of pain at the moment.”