It's still Automatic Aidy

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd refuses to concede that his side's automatic promotion hopes are over.

Stuart Watson

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd refuses to concede that his side's automatic promotion hopes are over.

After second-place Leeds opened up an 11 point gap over the U's with a 2-0 win at Elland Road, Boothroyd remained bullish when asked if a top two finish was now out of his grasp.

“No, absolutely not,” replied the Colchester boss, visibly infuriated with his side's display.


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“But if we play like that the only thing we'll be catching is a bus.”

And defender John White shares his manager's view, stating that the U's still very much believe they can go up automatically.

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“Without a shadow of a doubt that's still the goal,” said the right-back.

“Even if it means we have to win every game we will try and do everything it takes.”

White, who has quickly come back into the team following an injury to new loan signing Christian Ribeiro, added: “I think it was us that caused our own problems more than anything they did to us. I don't think they had anything special to beat us down.

“Coming to a club and a stadium like this you have got to give a lot of respect, but I feel we should have done better.

“We go into every game looking to win no matter who we are playing and we are very disappointed not to have got more out of this one.

“I don't think they had too much special and they didn't really stand out from us really.”

Reacting to the first half penalty award which allowed Jermaine Beckford to give Leeds their crucial opener, White added: “I think the linesman had a better view than the referee and he doesn't give anything. From where I was standing it looked like he got the ball before the man.”

Colchester now host Carlisle United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday night hoping to get their promotion campaign back on track.

“It's a massive game for us,” said White. “I hope the fans come out and get right behind us.”

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