Prosser faces suspension after U’s defeat at Newport
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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admitted that “it wasn’t our day,” after this afternoon’s 2-0 defeat at Newport County.
A depleted U’s team were toppled by second-half goals from striker Jamille Matt, who bagged his 11th goal of the season, and substitute Cameron Pring, who netted his first-ever senior goal.
And to make matters worse, club captain Luke Prosser picked up a fifth yellow card of the season, shortly after County’s second goal, which will mean he misses next Saturday’s home match against fellow top-six side Exeter City.
“We never gave in, we kept trying to fight and to change the personnel around,” explained McGreal.
“But it wasn’t our day today.
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“The first goal was always going to be very important in this game, and it was a poor one for us to give away. I thought we bossed it for 50 to 55 minutes and then they have got the goal and so we had to change one or two things.
“It was a poor first goal and a poor second goal, when in a tight game as such we have had a lot of possession, though perhaps without overly creating. But I don’t remember (keeper) Dillon (Barnes) doing anything and it’s one where you come off on the wrong side of a defeat, and you are thinking – ‘how did that happen?’
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“It’s a tough one to take, with the amount of fans we brought.
“Newport’s fans were excellent, and I couldn’t hear myself speak at times with their fans, but I thought it was a great following from our fans as well. So it all drummed up for a very tight game, and it proved that way.
“We actually started the second half really well, after withstanding what they had and managing to play through it. But I thought we were a little bit wasteful, especially with our final pass in the attacking third in the first half,” added McGreal.
Prosser’s absence next weekend will be a big blow, especially as fellow experienced centre-half Tom Eastman is currently sidelined by a head injury – he suffered a fracture around his eye socket early on in the previous weekend’s FA Cup exit at Accrington Stanley.
“Luke’s (Prosser) five bookings means he is suspended, so a younger boy will have to come in and perform,” confirmed McGreal.
Young centre-half Ollie Kensdale was on the bench at Newport.