‘We had to go for it’ – Colchester United’s Drey Wright

U's winger Drey Wright. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

U's winger Drey Wright. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL - Credit: Richard Blaxall / Pagepix

Colchester United winger Drey Wright, the U’s man of the match on Saturday, has not given up all hope of reaching the play-offs, although he admitted that the 1-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley encapsulated their whole season.

The U’s have been slightly off the pace, in terms of the League Two top-seven, for most of the campaign, and games are now running out in terms of trying to bully their way into the play-offs.

“Perhaps today reflected our whole season,” admitted Wright. “We did have that spell when we got ourselves up to fifth in the table (during December), and then fell away a bit. It’s been similar since, getting really close and then falling away.

“But we are still in the same position (four points off the last play-off berth) that we were in before this game, but just with a game less to make up the ground.

“We try to close that gap going into every game. We’ve hit a good bit of form at the right time, despite this defeat. We’ve taken 10 points from a possible 15,” added Wright.

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The 22-year-old Londoner explained how “tight” Saturday’s encounter with the league leaders had been – Accrington completed the league double over the U’s, having won 3-1 on the opening day at their Crown Ground.

“We always knew it was going to be a tight game against this team, and it came down to a fine margin,” confirmed Wright.

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“They got a very fortunate goal, against the run of play, midway through the second half after we had dominated. It was a disappointing blow for us.

“It was a cagey first half, with no team really creating any worthwhile chances, but we came out in the second half looking for the points and it ended up being a bit of a sucker punch.

“In our previous last few games we have taken our chances, but today it didn’t work out for us.

“Accrington’s points tally this season stands alone really. They just seem to have a way of just nicking points, where it matters.

“They do this every week, so it can’t be just lucky.

“They have so much confidence, knowing that they get the one chance and then seeing out the game. After they scored we had to go for it, so we pushed bodies forward and they caught us on the break a few times. Sam (Walker) made some brilliant saves, as he has done throughout the whole season, to keep us in the game.

“We had to go for it.”

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