Colchester United have mastered the art of playing away from home, says Ryan Jackson

U's boss John McGreal celebrates at the final whistle with his players, in front of the away fans,

U's boss John McGreal celebrates at the final whistle with his players, in front of the away fans, following the 2-1 away win at Newport in midweek. The U's are gunning for a third away win on the spin at Coventry. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL - Credit: Richard Blaxall / Pagepix

Colchester United are finally mastering the art of winning on the road, a fact not lost on goalscorer Ryan Jackson.

The U’s have picked up seven points from a possible nine, in their last there away games, following Tuesday night’s terrific 2-1 win at Newport.

Now John McGreal’s men will be hoping to extend that fine recent away record at Coventry City this Saturday. The Sky Blues suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat at the hands of lowly Forest Green Rovers in midweek.

Flying wing-back Jackson celebrated his second goal in a Colchester shirt, since his summer move from Gillingham, by drilling home a 72nd minute opener at Rodney Parade on Tuesday evening.

The 27-year-old had scored in the 3-1 home win over Crawley from early September, and he doubled his tally by tucking home a low shot from Mikael Mandron’s initial delivery.

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It was Mandron who doubled the lead, just four minutes later, to give the U’s some breathing space.

“I thought we did really well,” enthused Jackson.

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“We got on the front foot, we won the second balls and we played really well.

“We were the quickest to the loose ball, and we knew that it was going to be one of those tight games, where we had to deal with the first phase and also win the second balls. We nullified them.

“Credit to Sam (Walker). He pulled off a fine save, at the start of the second half (from Padraig Amond). He has been excellent for us.

“Obviously for myself, that’s what I am trying to do, to score more goals, and I am enjoying it.

“When the ball is on the other side of the pitch, I am there as a wing-back to run into the other side of the box.

“We got the second goal, that was the main thing for us, to get that cushion, especially playing away from home. We were able to play more composed.

“They got one goal back, and we knew they would throw balls into the box, while we had a lot more to give when on the ball, which is why we won the game.

“We are picking up points away from home, which is what it is all about. It’s a good way for us to build up to Coventry away this Saturday,” added Jackson.

The U’s had drawn at Grimsby and won at Yeovil in their previosu two games on the road.

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