Danns on cloud nine after U's win

DOUBLE-goal hero and new dad, Neil Danns, was on cloud nine last night after capping the best 24 hours of his life with a brace of goals against Bristol City.

DOUBLE-goal hero and new dad, Neil Danns, was on cloud nine last night after capping the best 24 hours of his life with a brace of goals against Bristol City, writes Carl Marston.

Danns' partner Michelle gave birth to a baby son, Jayden Alexander, in his native Liverpool at 6pm on Monday evening. But it was never in doubt that he would return to Essex in time to play a massive role in a 3-2 victory.

“It's a great feeling to score goals, but it doesn't compare to the birth of a new child. That's the best feeling ever!” enthused midfielder Danns.

“I'm so happy. I've had a very hard last 24 hours. Michelle was in labour for 17 hours, so I haven't had much sleep.


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“Some people probably doubted whether I would play tonight, but I will always try and give everything for Colchester United. I love playing football, and I'm loving life at the moment!

“I had a five-hour drive down from Liverpool, and I only arrived here a couple of hours before kick-off. But it was all worthwhile.

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“The lads were always going to do the baby celebration if I scored (cradling the hands). I'm so glad to have scored two more, and I'm such a proud father” added Danns.

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