The big interview: Colchester United skipper Luke Prosser
Luke Prosser is convinced that Colchester United are “in for a very good season,” following the first eight matches of the campaign.
The U’s have only lost two of those first eight fixtures, winning four of them, to sit in sixth position, one of the play-off places.
Prosser, the club skipper, has certainly done his bit to tighten up a shaky defence, since his summer move from Southend.
The relegated U’s conceded a staggering 99 league goals last term, but this season they have already kept a couple of clean sheets, and they came within just eight minutes of shutting out hosts Barnet last Saturday.
In the end, Curtis Weston scrambled home an 82nd minute equaliser, via the inside of the far point, to rescue a point for the Bees in a 1-1 draw.
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Prosser, though, was not too angered by the late equaliser – he felt that it was still a good result for John McGreal’s young side.
Now the U’s are preparing for the visit of Accrington Stanley tomorrow.
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“I think it was a point gained, although it’s always disappointing when you take the lead, because you’d like to see games out,” explained Prosser, with regards the draw at Barnet.
“But that wasn’t the case at Barnet. Away from home, if you can take a point on the road and then win your home games, which we’ve been pretty good at doing so far, then we should be in for a good season.
“We had a very good start at Barnet, and got the goal (Tarique Fosu’s sixth minute opener). We did really well.
“The last two home games, we haven’t managed to start so positively, but at Barnet we were fantastic for the first 20 minutes. The guys ahead of our back four were great.
“The more the game went on, the more pressure they put on us, but it’s still a point gained for us.
“Barnet win a lot of games, because of their physical presence up front and the way they play, and the way they stick with it.
“I’d say, with their direct style of play, that they will win the majority of their home games.
“So we will take the positives from the weekend. It’s a point away from home.
“If we win our home games, then hopefully we will finish strong this season.
“Saturday was certainly a busy day for the back four. In fact, the last two weeks we’ve played teams (Blackpool and Barnet) who have been quite direct, so we’ve been pretty busy in defence.”
Enfield-born Prosser, aged 28, was one of only two U’s players over the age of 24 in Saturday’s 18-man squad at The Hive. The other was 32-year-old striker, Chris Porter.
Prosser, therefore, has some big responsibilty on his shoulders, marshalling the back four alongside Tom Eastman, both in his capacity as an elder statesman and as the captain.
But he is looking ahead with confidence.
“We move on to Accrington Stanley at home this weekend, and hopefully three points,” insisted Prosser.
“We still had chances at Barnet, near the end of that game, to nick a winner. It just wasn’t to be.
“But it was a good point, and it will look a very good result if we beat Accrington on Saturday.
“I think we’ve done really, really well so far. If you ask the manager (John McGreal) and the rest of the boys, they will say that there is still so much more to come, we see it in training every day.
“The more time we spend on the training ground, then on Saturday we will have those first 20 minutes (at Barnet) for longer periods of the game.
“There’s still a lot, lot more to come, and we are in a good position in the league.”