Defeat a kick in the teeth - Watson

COLCHESTER United midfielder Kevin Watson described yesterday's defeat at basement club Swindon Town as a “kick in the teeth.”Skipper Watson was left frustrated as both he and his team-mates failed to click into top gear at the County Ground.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United midfielder Kevin Watson described yesterday's defeat at basement club Swindon Town as a “kick in the teeth.”

Skipper Watson was left frustrated as both he and his team-mates failed to click into top gear at the County Ground. The Robins poached an injury-time winner through leading scorer Rory Fallon to inflict a first defeat on the U's since mid-October.

“This defeat is very hard to take,” confessed Watson, who has been ever-present in the league this season.


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“We had been on a good run. We were unbeaten in 12 matches and we were playing the bottom team. Yet we were very poor today.

“All credit to Swindon. They made it very hard for us, but we had an off-day. We would have been happy to come away with a point.

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“I didn't think that we offered much as an attacking force. We were not very potent, and I thought that we only really threatened from set pieces.

“Swindon are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table, yet we just seemed to turn up and expect things to happen, me included.

“We just seemed to think that we would turn it on.

“We got the game completely the wrong way around. We did not do the simple things. I didn't think we were good on the ball, and we weren't good off the ball either!” insisted Watson.

It was certainly not a happy return to Swindon for U's midfielder Watson - the 31-year-old played 69 games for the Robins between 1996 and '99.

“We missed a great chance to make further progress today, and extend our run. But there was no thought to our play. It was all very disappointing,” added Watson.

“At least we have a quick chance to bounce back, at home to Scunthorpe (tomorrow). Good teams do not lose two games on the trot, and we must make sure that we don't.

“We have been good at home lately, and we want that to continue. I feel that we have a point to prove after this defeat,” concluded Watson.

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