Odejayi rues miss

COLCHESTER United front-man Kayode Odejayi has been the pick of Colchester United’s team during an inconsistent first five matches of the season.

COLCHESTER United front-man Kayode Odejayi has been the pick of Colchester United’s team during an inconsistent first five matches of the season.

The 29-year-old has plundered three goals already, not a bad haul for someone who is often ploughing a lone furrow up front.

But Odejayi, despite another goal and another U’s man-of-the-match display in the 3-2 defeat at Huddersfield on Saturday, is not satisfied.

He was deeply frustrated at missing a gilt-edged chance to put the U’s 3-1 up on the stroke of half-time, when he diverted Michael Rose’s cross wide from point blank range.


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“Looking back at the game, I don’t think we deserved to lose it,” explained Odejayi.

“We again showed good character to come back from conceding the early (Jordan Rhodes) goal – we have proved that we have that in our locker this season.

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“But we could have been 3-1 or 4-1 up at half-time.

“I was pleased to score another goal, but I was disappointed with the missed chance just before half-time.

“It was a great ball in from Michael Rose. I expected the defender to head it away, but perhaps I should have expected him to miss it,” admitted Odejayi.

But the ex-Cheltenham and Barnsley attacker did add: “On a personal level, I’m feeling good and I’m amongst the goals.”

Manager John Ward is certainly impressed with his main striker’s start to the season.

“The nice thing about Kayode is that he is getting chances,” explained Ward.

“He’s sticking some of them away and he’s playing really well at the moment.

“I played up that part of the pitch as well, and you are going to miss some if you keep getting in the right positions.

“I’m pleased with him because he was a big problem for Huddersfield’s centre-backs.”

The U’s have collected four points from four league games, but only one from the last three following their opening day win at Preston.

Their next match is at home to Oldham on Saturday.

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