John McGreal is looking for others to chip in with a few goals during Colchester United’s run-in
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John McGreal is looking for his midfielders and defenders to chip in with some goals, during the last month of the season.
The U’s have three players in the League Two top-30 goal-scoring charts, spearheaded by centre forward Chris Porter (14 league goals) with support from fellow striker Kurtis Guthrie (12) and wide attacker Brennan Dickenson (10 goals).
Midfielder Sammie Szmodics has also bagged five, but with Guthrie and Szmodics both ruled out with long-term injuries, McGreal wants others to weigh in with some goals, during the last six matches.
“We need other players to chip in with goals,” admitted McGreal.
“We need players getting on the end of second phase play, which Sammie (Szmodics) and Craig Slater (three goals) both managed to do before they got injured.
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“They both nipped in with a few vital goals for us, but now we need other midfielders and defenders to start scoring a few goals, to help the likes of Chris (Porter) and Brennan (Dickenson).
“Someone like Sean Murray, who is such a technically gifted player. Sean is the sort of player who, if he gets one, could go on a run of scoring goals.
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“Drey Wright is another who has played in several different positions, but we are just looking for a little more from Drey, more of an end product,” added McGreal.
At the other end of the pitch, the U’s will have to be wary of the goal-scoring prowess of Stevenage striker Matthew Godden.
The prolific Godden has plundered 20 goals this season. In fact, only Doncaster’s John Marquis (26 goals) and Barnet’s John Akinde (23) have scored more goals in League Two this term.
Recruited from non-league Ebbsfleet United last summer, for whom he netted an impressive 47 goals in 91 first-team outings, 24-year-old Godden has totalled 20 goals in 35 league games.
Since scoring against the U’s in a 4-2 home defeat on New Year’s Eve, Godden has gone on to score 13 goals in 17 matches during 2017.
“Stevenage are well-organised. Confidence is flowing throughout their team,” said McGreal.
“They have also not had the injuries that we have had. They have kept a similar squad to when we last played them, and they are now pushing for the top three.”