‘I thought we were a bit wasteful’ – Colchester United boss John McGreal after stalemate at Chesterfield

Mikael Mandron closes down Jerome Binnom-Williams during the first half at Chesterfield this afterno

Mikael Mandron closes down Jerome Binnom-Williams during the first half at Chesterfield this afternoon. Picture: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admitted that he was a bit “disappointed” that his side could not force a win, following today’s 0-0 draw against lowly Chesterfield.

The U’s extended their fine run to just two defeats in their last 16 league matches, following a goalless stalemate at the Proact Stadium, but McGreal felt that they could have taken all three points.

The draw ended a sequence of three straight defeats for struggling Chesterfield, while McGreal’s men remain in the thick of the promotion hunt going into the second half of the campaign, although they have dropped to eighth spot following today’s set of results.

“You saw two teams today, going hammer and tong,” explained McGreal.

“Both teams tried to win the game, and Chesterfield are fighting for their lives.

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“There were always going to be mistakes, because we were trying to push on.

“Are we disappointed? Yes, I would say so.

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“I thought we were a bit wasteful in front of goal, and our final ball was often found wanting.

“We missed chances, but if Sammie Szmodics’ early shot had gone in (keeper Jake Eastwood saved it), then I think it would have been a very different game.

“But it’s another clean-sheet, and it keeps our run going,” added McGreal.

The U’s entertain Cambridge United on New Year’s Day.

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