Lambert: Don't give up on play-offs

COLCHESTER United manager Paul Lambert has not given up on the play-offs, even though visiting Crewe completed a league double over his team this afternoon.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United manager Paul Lambert has not given up on the play-offs, even though visiting Crewe completed a league double over his team this afternoon.

Calvin Zola's close-range strike on 63 minutes was enough to seal a vital 1-0 away win for Crewe Alexandra, who have now pulled six points clear of the drop.

By contrast, the U's have slipped a place to 11th spot, and are now six points adrift of the play-offs. But Lambert is staying positive.

Lambert said: “We're six points off, which is only two games. Our season is certainly not over.

“This was a bad result, but maybe it's a blessing in disguise that only three of our last nine games are at home, because we have been doing well on the road.

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“We played well for 15 or 20 minutes, and we had the chances to score, but once again we were undone by another set piece with their goal (throw-in).

“We didn't look like getting an equaliser after that. We could have gone on playing all week and still not scored!” added Lambert.

Delighted Crewe boss Gudjon Thordarson said: “We knew it would be tough playing a team in form like Colchester. I thought it was very important for us not to give anything away in the first half.

“It was a scrappy performance from us in the first half, but we had a chat about a few things at half-time, and we were the better team in the second half.

“We managed to keep our defensive shape against Colchester, who are a good side. Lady luck was with us in the first half, but after we scored our goal, I thought we were more likely to score a second rather than Colchester get an equaliser.

“I'm very proud of my players, but the job is not done yet,” added Thordarson.

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