No Rose-tinted glasses

COLCHESTER United boss John Ward admitted that his experienced left-back, Michael Rose, made an error of judgement in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Wycombe Wanderers.

COLCHESTER United boss John Ward admitted that his experienced left-back, Michael Rose, made an error of judgement in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Wycombe Wanderers.

Rose conceded the penalty from which Wanderers striker Scott Rendell netted a 61st minute equaliser, but Ward also highlighted the ex-Swindon man’s failure to clear the initial ball.

“It was a bit soft, and the build-up from them was a bit soft,” explained Ward.

“Michael Rose could have put the ball into the Wycombe crowd, but he tried a back-heel that didn’t come off and suddenly there is a penalty against us a few seconds later.

“So it’s not always the actual incident but sometimes the build up. I have told Michael that, if the ball has to go onto the A12 that’s where it goes and we start again.

“One of my most experienced lads has made a mistake in there, and he will feel a bit bad about that, but he will be OK,” added Ward.

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The U’s could not build on an impressive first-half performance, during which Ashley Vincent had steered them into a 25th minute lead before being stretchered off with a knee injury.

But Ward gave the opposition credit for their second-half recovery.

“We got a wee bit ragged in the second period and lost our discipline a little bit, then we found it again,” continued Ward.

“If Wycombe carried on like they did in the first half, then we probably would have taken two or three of our chances and they would have gone home with a hefty defeat.”

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