“The lads showed fantastic team spirit” – Colchester United boss Tony Humes after 2-0 win at O’s

Sanchez Watt, scored the opener in Colchester United's 2-0 win at Leyton Orient

Sanchez Watt, scored the opener in Colchester United's 2-0 win at Leyton Orient

Colchester United boss Tony Humes praised his side for showing “fantastic team spirit” to record their first win of the season, a 2-0 success at Leyton Orient this afternoon.

The U’s went down to 10 men, just before half-time, when skipper Magnus Okuonghae was sent off for a rash challenge on ex-U’s loanee David Mooney.

But the 10-man U’s performed heroics in the second half to take all three points, thanks to super-cool finishes by Sanchez Watt (62mins) and Freddie Sears (72).

“I’m absolutely delighted,” enthused manager Humes.

“We got more than we expected, after going down to 10 men.

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“I thought we lacked a little bit of belief in the first half. We went away from our game-plan, but we defended resolutely and got to half-time at 0-0.

“I decided to stick with two up front, after Magnus got sent off, because I wanted us to stay positive.

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“We had to be brave, and we had to be braver on the ball than we had been in the first half.

“And I thought we played better with 10 men than we had done with 11.

“It was a fantastic finish from Sanchez (Watt) for his goal, and Freddie (Sears) worked his socks off all afternoon. He is shattered,” added Humes.

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