‘The best team won,’ confesses Williams

BEN WiIliams admits that the “best team won” after his current Colchester United side tumbled to a 1-0 defeat at his former club Carlisle on a windswept Saturday.

BEN WiIliams admits that the “best team won” after his current Colchester United side tumbled to a 1-0 defeat at his former club Carlisle on a windswept Saturday.

Keeper Williams was the U’s man-of-the-match, making a couple of excellent saves to prevent the Cumbrians from running away with the game at Brunton Park. He also dealt well with a succession of crosses in the swirling wind.

However, the 29-year-old had no answer to Paul Thirlwell’s 22nd minute winner, which condemned the U’s to back-to-back defeats for the first time since August.

“Conditions were difficult, but we can’t make excuses like that,” insisted Williams.


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“We didn’t create enough chances and I think the best team won on the day.

“If you pardon the pun, Carlisle weathered the storm quite well.

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“They dealt with the conditions well in the first half, scored on the break, and that knocked the momentum out of us.

“But we played a lot better in the second half and were more positive.”

Meanwhile, Carlisle match-winner Paul Thirwell insisted: “In terms of the wind, that’s one of the worst we’ve played in.

“When Colchester got a corner, they would get four or five on the trot because we just couldn’t get the ball away, in the wind.

“But the first goal was always going to be massive.”

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