‘It feels more like a defeat’ – Colchester United’s Drey Wright

Drey Wright scores for Colchester United during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Port Vale. Picture: PAGEPIX

Drey Wright scores for Colchester United during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Port Vale. Picture: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

New Dad, Drey Wright, ended his goal-scoring drought for the season at the 32nd attempt, in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Port Vale.

But the 22-year-old was frustrated that his first-half injury-time goal, which put the U’s 2-1 up, did not end up earning the team a victory.

“We see it as two points lost, that’s all really,” admitted Wright, whose partner Lucy gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday.

“To concede the way we did in the last few minutes is obviously very disappointing for all of us.

“It looked like we would see it out. We seemed pretty comfortable. We knew that they would come at us and they threw a few big lads on, and started to put the ball into our own penalty area.

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“But we seemed to be dealing with it all quite well, only for a lapse of concentration at the end to give away two points.

“It feels more like a defeat than a draw, that’s what we are feeling. We should have been coming out of that game with a win. The pitch wasn’t great today, and we hadn’t won in a few games, but we thought we could hold on.”

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With regards his landmark goal, Wright said: “It was pleasing for me to score, because I should have had a lot more by now.

“But it would have been a lot better if that goal had ended up being the winner. However, it didn’t work out that way.

“It was a good goal for us. Sammie (Szmodics) ran in behind for us, as he so often does. He put a nice ball in for me and luckily it went in. It ended up going in beneath the goalkeeper, which was lucky.

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“In fact, it was about time Sammie set one up for me, after what I have done for him!” joked Wright.

He continued: “It’s a little weight off my shoulders, although I haven’t been thinking about it too much.

“It’s obviously been mentioned a few times, but I have never been a prolific scorer really. It only became an issue when it started to impact on results.

“I’ve only scored as many as three in one season, so I’m only two off that now! It becomes more of an issue when my missed chances cost the team points – if I have missed a good chance and we have not won the game, then it becomes more of a problem.

“If the goalies chuck them in for me, I don’t mind that. It went under him (Rob Lainton) today.”

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