Izzet and co look to bounce back
KEM Izzet was the unluckiest player on the pitch as Colchester United were edged out 1-0 at high-flying Wolves on Wednesday night.Izzet looked on aghast as his injury-time shot cannoned back off a post at Molineux.
By Carl Marston
KEM Izzet was the unluckiest player on the pitch as Colchester United were edged out 1-0 at high-flying Wolves on Wednesday night.
Izzet looked on aghast as his injury-time shot cannoned back off a post at Molineux. That moment summed up the U's bad luck on the night, and their deep frustration following a winless last six weeks in the Championship.
However, Izzet is adamant that United will turn the corner, if they can maintain their high level of performance, beginning with tomorrow's trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
“It's tough to take at the moment, because the game at Wolves was the best that we've played this season, especially away from home,” confirmed Izzet.
“To lose again is a bitter pill to swallow. We're not getting the rub of the green at the moment, but we can't afford to get disappointed. Football has a knack of kicking you in the teeth, but you've got to keep going.
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“I want us to produce the same sort of performance at Sheffield Wednesday, but with a different result. We are creating lots of chances and doing well, and we're not going to stop how we're playing.
“But one mistake again cost us a goal, and the match, at Wolves. We should have defended the second phase of the corner better. One mistake at this level can cost you dear.
“Dean (Gerken) had made a great save (from Freddy Eastwood), but we did not get the luck from the rebound,” admitted Izzet. The ball fell kindly for Stephen Elliott to nod home what proved to be the winner.
Izzet has been ever-present in the U's first 18 league games of the campaign, but the 27-year-old will wonder how he has only managed to score one goal.
His frustrations in front of goal were highlighted by his shot in the last minute of stoppage time against Wolves. The ex-Charlton trainee connected sweetly with a low shot from Teddy Sheringham's knock-down, only for the ball to cannon back off a post for a grateful Wayne Hennessey to scoop up.
Seconds later referee Eddie Ilderton blew the final whistle, so extending the U's miserable run to no wins in seven games, and just three points collected from a possible 21.
Geraint Williams' men are just one point clear of the relegation zone, and have also played a game more than third-from-bottom QPR.
Izzet said: “I'm not going to say that I don't look at the table. I think all players look at the table and at the results of the other teams around them.
“We know that we have to put it right, and we'll be hoping to do just that at Hillsborough. It's a great place to play football.
“I thought that we defended far better at Wolves. Adam Virgo came in and was brilliant, and when Bela (Balogh) got injured, Matthew Connolly was outstanding as his replacement. It's just a shame that Bela can't seem to get a run of games going, without getting injured,” added Izzet.
Balogh twisted his ankle in the build-up to Elliott's 31st minute winning goal. The Hungarian international was stretchered off the pitch, and will almost certainly miss tomorrow's trip to Hillsborough.
Midfielder Kevin Watson is also struggling with a recurrence of a calf problem, although defender Pat Baldwin is available again after serving a one-match suspension.