Cambridge United 1 Colchester United 0: The final verdict
PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:49 04 September 2017
olchester United slipped to 20th in the League Two table, after another away-day flop at Cambridge United on Saturday.
The U’s slithered to their third successive away defeat of the season, following on from previous reverses at Accrington Stanley and Luton Town, undone by Uche Ikpeazu’s 64th minute winner in a 1-0 loss at the Abbey Stadium.
Historically, Colchester have only won one league game at Cambridge in the last 30 years, but of more relevance is the fact that the bad-travelling U’s have still won only one away match throughout 2017.
Manager John McGreal insisted that his side should have bagged at least a point from Saturday’s East Anglian derby, despite never being anywhere near their best.
“Even if we came away with just a point, it would have been a hard-earned point,” explained McGreal.
“At 0-0, we would have taken that, because we know that our home form has been really good.
“We have been reliant on our home form, and hopefully we will be again next weekend (against Crawley Town), but ultimately our away form has got to change.
“I thought we were right in the mix with it today, and it was a solid first-half performance. There was still nothing in the game early in the second half.
“Then they just made a sub (former Colchester striker Jabo Ibehre), and got a little bit of impetus.
“We weren’t able to deal with that, a short 15-minute window when they scored their goal.
“We changed our shape a little and got a foothold in the game late on. We created a couple of good chances which we should be taking.
“They were great opportunities in the opposition’s box in the first few minutes and then again near the end,” added McGreal.
The U’s boss was referring to early chances for Sammie Szmodics and Kyel Reid, and then Mikael Mandron (75th minute shot) and new boy Sanmi Odelusi (injury-time header).
Odelusi was the only one of the five new players, recruited on transfer deadline day last Thursday, to make his Colchester debut.
Both Brandon Comley and Nicke Kabamba were unused substitutes, while defender Ryan Inniss is currently nursing a knee injury and Brandon Hanlan was not involved.
McGreal confirmed: “Ryan (Innis) is out injured for a couple of weeks.”