Promotion dream a step nearer for U's
COLCHESTER United match-winner Scott Vernon described Saturday's precious 2-1 victory at Bournemouth as a “dream day,” both for him and the team.Vernon chose the perfect moment to score his first goal in a Colchester shirt, on what was only his second start since his loan move from Blackpool.
By Carl Marston
COLCHESTER United match-winner Scott Vernon described Saturday's precious 2-1 victory at Bournemouth as a “dream day,” both for him and the team.
Vernon chose the perfect moment to score his first goal in a Colchester shirt, on what was only his second start since his loan move from Blackpool.
The 22-year-old smashed home Karl Duguid's 51st-minute cross to send the U's travelling supporters into ecstasy. The Essex club are now just two steps away from the Championship.
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Phil Parkinson's men need to win their final two games, at home to Rotherham and away at Yeovil, to seal automatic promotion. It promises to be a thrilling finale.
Saturday's win also ensured that they will, at worst, be in the play-offs. They can finish no lower than fourth, after Barnsley, Swansea and Nottingham Forest all dropped points over the weekend.
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“Although I'm only on loan at Colchester, I feel very much a part of the set-up,” insisted Vernon.
“The lads are great at Colchester. It's been such a change for me to come from Blackpool, who have been struggling against relegation all season, to suddenly be involved in a promotion charge. It's strange.
“It's a totally different mind-set. Coming to a club near the top of the table, I haven't been too distraught at not playing many games, because the team are going so well. I would have felt differently if it had been a struggling team.
“I didn't do so well on my first start at Nottingham Forest, but I made up for it today. It's been a dream day, to score the winning goal and get the three points for the team.
“It was not only my first goal for the club, but only my third of the season. I signed for Blackpool last summer, and played eight games at the start of the season, but I haven't had many chances since then.
“The lack of games has frustrated me. It's been very up-and-down for me personally, but my goal meant so much for the team today.
“I felt the pace in the second-half, because of my lack of match-fitness. My legs were very tired, and I was just about ready to come off after 70 minutes,” added Vernon.
Front-runner Vernon certainly likes playing against Bournemouth! Last season, he scored against the Cherries for both his former club Oldham and Blackpool (during a loan stint).
The Manchester-born goal-poacher explained: “I guess everyone has their favourite clubs to play against, and Bournemouth is mine.
“I scored a lot of goals for Oldham, and a few times against Bournemouth. Today, I managed to drift round to the far post, where Karl (Duguid) picked me out with the cross. I was able to take a touch before shooting.
“Bournemouth never really troubled us that much in the first-half. I thought we looked dangerous going forward, and we could have scored more goals.
“I've had to be patient. I've scored four goals in four appearances for the Reserves, so I knew that I was knocking on the door. I was told that I was in the team on Friday.
“At the moment, the position is that I will be going back to Blackpool at the end of the season. But it would be great to help win promotion for Colchester. It's still very open-ended,” added Vernon.