No complaints from Steven

STEVEN Gillespie has still not started a league game this season, but he is not complaining.

STEVEN Gillespie has still not started a league game this season, but he is not complaining.

Gillespie scored his second goal of the campaign, and his first in the league, after clambering off the bench during Colchester United’s 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Super-sub Gillespie netted a 74th minute equaliser against Iron, but he knows that he still has to bide his time to break into the U’s starting line-up.

Manager John Ward has stuck with a 4-3-3 (or 4-5-1) formation, with an in-form Kayode Odejayi impressing in the lone striker’s role. So Gillespie, instead, has had to make do with a place on the bench for the U’s first six league games of the campaign.


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“Kayode has started the season very well, and everyone knows that we have scored a lot of goals already,” admitted Gillespie.

“The goals have come from all over. Hendo (Ian Henderson) has got his goals, and Woody (Anthony Wordsworth) has got a few from midfield.

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“I’ve been watching, thinking I can’t really have too many complaints about what the gaffer is doing.”

But although he understands the situation, ex-Cheltenham striker Gillespie is desperate to finally chalk up his first league start of 2011-12.

“It’s tough having to be patient, because you want to play every minute, especially when you are fit,” continued Gillespie, who has been dogged by various injuries over the last three seasons.

“Of course I want to be starting games.

“Hopefully this goal (equaliser at Scunthorpe) will push my case a little bit more.

“All you can do is try and take every chance that you are given, and I’ll be looking for as many starts as I can.

“I don’t want to be known as a ‘super sub’ for too long. I want to be starting as many games as possible because it obviously gives you more opportunities to score goals.

“Luckily, I only had one or two chances on Saturday and managed to put one in.

“If I start games, I’d rather get five or six chances to score. All I can do is come on and impress, and try to earn that start,” concluded Gillespie.

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