Still room for improvement - Iwelumo

COLCHESTER United are going great guns at the moment but striker Chris Iwelumo believes there is still room for improvement.Iwelumo enjoyed a quiet weekend with his young family after the euphoria of Friday night's victory over Ipswich.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United are going great guns at the moment but striker Chris Iwelumo believes there is still room for improvement.

Iwelumo enjoyed a quiet weekend with his young family after the euphoria of Friday night's victory over Ipswich.

The big Scotsman played his part in this U's latest success story. He was denied a goal by a superb second-half save from Lewis Price but United still held on to extend their unbeaten run to six games, thanks to Karl Duguid's ninth minute strike.


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The U's are up to 13th in the Championship table but Iwelumo insists that the team can still build on their overall performance.

“Once again we started a match so well, although it's a pity that we couldn't keep it going for the full 90 minutes,” explained a self-critical Iwelumo.

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“I know that it's difficult for a team to stay on top for the whole match but that's what we are aiming to achieve. We are continuing to work on our fitness and stamina.

“The opposition are always likely to have a good spell in a game but we're flying at the moment. Confidence is high and we managed to keep the pressure on Ipswich, especially in the first-half.

“Ipswich are well-known as being a good passing side so we had to work hard to close them down. It certainly helps that we have been able to keep the same side for the last few games. We know each other's game inside out now.

“I reckon I should have scored with my chance (from Karl Duguid's cross) in the second-half. It was a good save, but I've since seen it on TV and I should have done better. I should have put everything behind the shot,” added Iwelumo.

It has been a marvellous last few weeks for Iwelumo, both on and off the pitch. In addition to netting three goals during the U's six-match unbeaten run, the former Stoke and Brighton striker has also celebrated the birth of his second daughter.

“It's nice to pass some time with my young family. We don't have a game for a couple of weeks, so I can chill out for a couple of days,” continued Iwelumo.

“I think that we're surprising quite a lot of people at the moment, with our run or results. Friday night's atmosphere was fantastic, and the fans were brilliant.

“It was a great game to play in. It didn't really make much of a difference that it was also being screened live on Sky TV but it's always nice to win a game like that.”

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