Patience is key, warns U’s skipper

COLCHESTER United skipper Kem Izzet has urged U’s fans to remain patient after a section of supporters jeered their side towards the end of Saturday’s 1-0 home victory over Walsall.

John Ward’s team put in a dominant performance and only goalkeeper Jimmy Walker and some wastefulness in front of goal prevented the margin of victory being far greater at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

However, despite securing a second league win in six games, a small band of fans voiced their displeasure at a handful of mislaid passes towards the end of the encounter, leaving Izzet a little bemused.

“It was a pleasing performance even though we got booed a bit at the end,” said the long-serving midfielder.

“I don’t want to dig out the fans and they cheer when they want to and boo when they want to. They pay their money and they have got a right to do that.

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“All I am saying is that they should look at the bigger picture. When Walsall went down to ten men, they put everyone behind the ball and we had to be patient.

“We missed a few chances and on another day it could have been three or four and the crowd would have been cheering every pass. I would just ask them to be more patient.

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“If you look at how the goalkeeper Jimmy Walker played, he pulled off a few world-class saves for Walsall and if we keep on playing like we did on Saturday we will do well and hopefully get the fans on side.”

The win came courtesy of Anthony Wordsworth’s first-half penalty and helped exorcise the demons of last Saturday’s below-par showing in the 3-0 reverse at Sheffield United.

The defeat against the Blades is their only one in League One in the last six games but Izzet believes such a statistic can often be hidden for more negative figures.

“It’s a shame that not everyone sees it as one defeat in six and people will look at the fact that we have only won two games in that period,” said Izzet.

“People still try to look for the negatives but we look for the positives and try and put a positive spin on things and we are in a really good position for the next game (at Chesterfield).”

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