John Ward pleased with U’s squad strength

COLCHESTER boss John Ward has praised the strength of his squad after his subs made the difference in last night’s 2-1 win over play-off chasing Brentford.

Steven Gillespie came off the bench to score two late goals while former QPR man Martin Rowlands pulled the strings in midfield during a decent cameo.

With Kayode Odejayi also coming on to strengthen the forward line and Andy Bond unfortunate to remain on the sidelines, Ward was a happy man after his side came back from 1-0 down.

The U’s manager said: “The team did extremely well against Orient but then it needed to change. What it gave us was some strength coming off the bench – people like Martin Rowlands, Kayode (Odejayi) and Steven.

“They improved the team when it was required and that support is strong – I have not used Andy Bond today and he is a really good player who can change a game. We are beginning to strength up the group when everyone is fit.”

After two goals in two games, Gillespie was surprisingly dropped for the 1-0 win at Orient last month.

Following a 17-day gap due to the wintry conditions, the striker was again named on the five-man bench against the Bees before proving his worth with his late double blast at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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Ward said: “Steven Gillespie has to be prepared for the decisions I make. I upset some, I please some, and I have to stand and fall by them.

“I don’t think Steven had a touch (prior to his first goal) but he is the fox in the box. It wasn’t easy and I thought he had hit it over, but it was a striker’s goal.”

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