Cambridge United 1 Colchester United 0, player reaction: ‘We were not good enough’ – admits Frankie Kent
PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 September 2017
Frankie Kent admitted that he and his team-mates were simply “not good enough” following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at League Two rivals Cambridge.
Uche Ikpeazu’s 64th minute goal proved sufficient to inflict yet another away defeat on the travelling U’s.
“It was not good enough today, with where we want to go this season,” confessed centre-half Kent.
“We’ve got to put it right next week (at home to Crawley).
“I thought we dealt with their threat early on, in the first half, and again at the start of the second half, but the goal then changed everything really.
“They started getting on the front foot and we needed to deal with it better. These are the sort of games we need to dig in as team and make sure that we grind out a result.
“Cambridge is a tough place to come, and they are a big, strong team. But we’ve just got to learn and we’ve got to learn quickly.
“As the gaffer (John McGreal) said to us after full-time, we need to learn how to deal with this and be strong and stand up to it as a team,
“The game started to get stretched, which as a back four we shouldn’t have allowed. We have to deal with the counter-attack better,” added Kent.
The 21-year-old centre-back has now chalked up 55 league appearances, but he was not satisfied with his latest display.
Kent continued: “I enjoy the physical battle. I like being tested against the strongest players, but today, because of the result, I don’t feel that I did well enough.
“He’s (Ikpeazu’s) scored the goal today, I’ve got to deal with it better.
“We couldn’t get out of own half at times, which pushed us back and put us under more pressure.
“It was hard to take, because we feel that we should have got something out of the game, especially with the way that we started.
“We had our chances. We have to get better at that. If we had scored in the first few minutes of the game, then it would have been every different.
“We also have to figure out how we can play so well at home, and then not do the same away from home.”