“I’m not too pleased!” – Colchester United striker Marvin Sordell

Marvin Sordell, in action against Port Vale on Tuesday night

Marvin Sordell, in action against Port Vale on Tuesday night - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Marvin Sordell has already scored some vital goals, but he insists that Colchester United fans are yet to see the best of him.

Ex-Watford marksman Sordell netted the winner in Tuesday night’s 2-1 home success over Port Vale, chalking up his third goal in nine outings since his move from Burnley.

But he is not yet satisfied with his own form, or his own effectiveness in front of goal.

“I came here to play games, and to improve every day, and to try and help the players around me as well,” explained Sordell, on the eve of today’s home match against second-placed Walsall.

He continued: “But I’m not too pleased with the amount of goals I have scored so far.


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“I will keep working every day, and as I get fitter and get used to playing more games, so scoring will become more natural as well.

“I’m not happy with three goals in nine appearances.

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“However, I’m still improving, bit by bit. I’ve played nine games now, and I had not played nine games in a row since Watford, which is many years ago.

“So for me, it’s about getting my sharpness back, and getting used to playing every week.

“Colchester fans have certainly not seen the best of Marvin Sordell yet, definitely not,” added Sordell.

Former Fulham Academy player Sordell, who moved to Watford on a two-year scholarship in 2007, made a name for himself with the Hornets before subsequent moves to Bolton and Burnley, and a season-long loan at Charlton.

The 24-year-old did make 14 appearances for Burnley, in the Premier League last season, although only two of these were from the start, and he failed to break into the team during the early weeks of the new campaign in the Championship.

He therefore took the bold decision to have his Turf Moor contract cancelled, by mutual consent, at the start of September so that he could resurrect his career with the U’s.

“There have been many highs and lows in the short time I have been here, but I guess football is like that, you’re going to get good periods and bad periods,” explained Sordell.

“It’s all about riding out the bad spells and learning lessons from them, to try and put it right in the next game.

“As a team, we’ve learnt how not to take things for granted, for example, at Shrewsbury (4-2 defeat) when we were 2-0 up at half-time. We’ve got a lot of young players, so for them it’s all an experience to just grind your way through a game, just to make sure the result stays the same.

“Sometimes when you’re not playing too well, which was the case against Shrewsbury – even when we were 2-0 up – you need to learn how to see the game out, to make better decisions, and slow the game down.

“You need to keep in control rather than chase a game, trying to get three or four goals.

“That wasn’t the type of game that needed it, because we were already in control. So that Shrewsbury game is the one we have to learn a lot from.

“It’s sometimes border-line naivety really, not having that know-how to play through a game.”

Sordell will be gunning for more goals this afternoon, and he has no qualms about entertaining Walsall, who are second in the league.

“Walsall are doing well, but anyone coming here will know that they are coming up against a very good side,” he added.

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