Cheltenham Town 3 Colchester United 1, match reaction: “It’s not good enough” – U’s boss John McGreal
PUBLISHED: 17:44 16 September 2017
Colchester United manager John McGreal admitted that his side’s display was “not good enough” following today’s 3-1 defeat at Cheltenham Town.
The U’s have now lost all four of their away games this season, with 10 goals conceded and just two scored.
“It was another poor game for us. Again we started the game well, but again we didn’t take our chances,” rued McGreal.
“I’m getting fed up of saying they are ‘key moments,’ but Nicke (Kabamba) should really have taken his early chance (in the first minute).
“Then, in a heart-beat, we found ourselves 2-0 down.”
The U’s were 2-0 down inside 15 minutes of an end-to-end tussle at Whaddon Road.
Kevin Dawson headed home Jordan Cranston’s cross in the 10th minute. He enjoyed acres of space just outside the six-yard box, and directed his header powerfully past an exposed Sam Walker.
Dawson then curled home a 25-yard shot to make in 2-0 just five minutes later, although the ball did appear to take a deflection off team-mate Mohammed Eisa, who celebrated and therefore will probably claim the goal as his own.
The U’s halved the deficit in the 26th minute. Robins centre-half Taylor Moore handled in the box, from Tom Eastman’s cross, and Szmodics dispatched the penalty by sending home keeper Scott Flinders the wrong way.
Sam Walker saved Brian Graham’s 56th minute penalty, after Mikael Mandron had been sent for deliberate handball in the box.
But the 10-man U’s soon leaked a third goal, Jordan Grimes stabbing home Eisa’s cross to wrap up the points in the 58th minute.
McGreal added: “Mikael (Mandron) has said that he had to do it, to handle the ball, but it’s one for me to look at again.
“Sam (Walker) made a great save from the penalty, but by then we are down to 10 men.
“We have shown naivety at times, and it’s not good enough in both boxes.”