“It seems as if people were quite happy for them to fail” – blasts Colchester United boss Tony Humes

Callum Harriott is in despair as the U's lose 3-2 at home to Crewe tonight

Callum Harriott is in despair as the U's lose 3-2 at home to Crewe tonight - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Colchester United are resigned to yet another season of struggle against relegation, following a horrible defeat to bottom club Crewe tonight.

And manager Tony Humes slammed a section of U’s supporters who were calling for his head at the final whistle, following the 3-2 defeat.

Humes was heavily critical of the “environment” which surrounded his side’s latest capitulation, suggesting that some of the U’s home faithful had wanted their team to fail.

The U’s surrendered a two-goal lead to nose-dive to a 3-2 defeat.

“I know I can do more. You can always do more, there’s always things you can do,” insisted a defiant Humes after tonight’s damaging defeat.


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“Obviously, by the tone of what was around there tonight, a lot of people don’t agree with that, and that’s their opinion.

“The players need an encouraging environment around here, but it seems as if people were quite happy for them to fail tonight,” added Humes.

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And asked about the chants (from amongst the U’s smallest home crowd of the season, of 2,602), calling for him to go, Humes said: “It’s not the first time that has happened, is it?”

It seems that the U’s are resigned to yet another season of struggle against relegation, following this latest dire defeat.

The Essex club suffered their seventh defeat in their last nine league games, to slither to within just one point of the drop zone.

And it was the manner of tonight’s defeat that was so depressing, because the U’s were 2-0 up and coasting after an hour against a Crewe side who had won just three games all campaign.

Manager Humes could hardly believe what he was seeing, as his side surrendered a winning position in alarming fashion.

Goals from Callum Harriott (40 minutes) and George Moncur (47) had been the U’s in complete charge, but the Football League’s worst defence then leaked three goals in the final half-hour to sink to defeat.

Ryan Colclough halved the deficit in the 61st minute, before striker Marcus Haber tucked home an 81st minute equaliser and super sub Ryan Lowe lobbed a dramatic injury-time winner.

“We went on the back foot,” admitted Humes.

“From being 2-0 up, we should have been confident of taking the game on, but instead we were nervy and going on the back foot.

“It wasn’t just the back four, it was the whole team who went on the back foot.

“It was too easy for Crewe to score those three goals,” concluded Humes.

See tomorrow’s ‘East Anglian Daily Times’ newspaper for a full match report, pictures and reaction from tonight’s 3-2 defeat to Crewe

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