Cureton not resting on his laurels
COLCHESTER United striker Jamie Cureton will always cherish the moment when he tucked away his 150th career league goal.But the U's hit-man is not going to rest easy just yet.
By Carl Marston
COLCHESTER United striker Jamie Cureton will always cherish the moment when he tucked away his 150th career league goal.
But the U's hit-man is not going to rest easy just yet. He has other targets to chase, both for himself and the team.
Cureton tucked away his all-important landmark goal to send the U's on their way to a crushing 4-0 victory over visiting Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night, a result that lifted the Essex club into 10th in the Championship table.
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“It's a great achievement to be so high in the table but we want to keep it going,” insisted Cureton during a well-deserved day off yesterday.
“We don't just want to be happy with being in 10th position and risk letting our season peter out. It's been a remarkable turnaround, after losing our first four league games this season, but we want to keep up the momentum.
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“Of course, it's a great feat for a small club like ourselves, with such a small squad and small wage-bill, to be in the top half of the table. Long may it continue!
“We would love to finish this season in mid-table, or perhaps even in the top half. We need to get as many points as we can early on.
“Looking below us, there are some big clubs with fewer points than us, including my old club Norwich City! Everyone connected with the club is enjoying life,” added Cureton.
Summer signing Cureton, who celebrated his 31st birthday in August, outsmarted Owls defender Madjid Bougherra to lob keeper Brad Jones after 28 minutes of Tuesday night's Layer Road rout. Second-half goals from Greg Halford, Chris Iwelumo and Karl Duguid wrapped up a fourth home win on the trot.
It was Cureton's fifth goal of the season, following a hat-trick in the 4-3 success over Derby, and his equaliser at Luton.
Cureton continued: “Now I have a target of reaching 200 career goals in all competitions. I know that's some way off, and I don't know whether I'll be able to achieve it.
“But the double century is something to aim for. It would be a massive achievement,” added Cureton, who has bagged 166 goals in all competitions (including the FA Cup, League Cup and Trophy).
Bristol-born Cureton, who has also played for Norwich, Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Reading, QPR and Swindon during a distinguished career, ranks Tuesday night's performance as the U's best of the campaign.
“As a team, this was our best display of the season. All-round, we just clicked,” confirmed Cureton.