Colchester United need to learn “how to see out a game” – manager Tony Humes
New Colchester United boss Tony Humes admitted that his young team needed to learn how to hold onto leads, and see out games, after last night’s devastating 3-2 home defeat to Sheffield United.
The U’s were coasting at 2-0 up, with just seven minutes to go, when they were struck down by three goals in a five-minute spell – a brace by Ben Davies (the last a penalty) sandwiching Ryan Flynn’s close-range equaliser.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for U’s players, and their fans, who were both dejected and also shell-shocked at the final whistle.
“There was a bit of naivety out there, I would say,” admitted Humes.
“It was a bit of inexperience, and a bit of tiredness.
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“We have got done by a little bit of experience and a little bit of cleverness from Sheffield United.
“We got stretched when we didn’t need to, when we had the game won.
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“And that is part of their learning, it’s part of their development when you have got young players.
“They have to learn how to manage a game, and understand how to see out a game, and win a game,” added Humes.
The U’s, who are now third-from-bottom in the League One table, have to pick themselves up for another home match, against Phil Parkinson’s Bradford City this Saturday.