Tom Eastman calls for offside rules to be ‘sorted’

GOALSCORER Tom Eastman believes that the offside rule, regarding whether or not a player is interfering with play, should be revamped, following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

Eastman was one of the U’s defenders who pushed up, to trap Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas offside, only for play to continue and so allow Shaun MacDonald to run through and score.

Colchester United defender Eastman insisted: “I think the rules need to be sorted, about whether you are interfering or not interfering with play.

“All our players stopped, because he (Thomas) was offside and interfering with play.

“It was very disappointing to go 1-0 down to such a dubious goal.

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“The ball got set back, All our defenders squeezed up, which we do in training.

“Their player was offside and took a couple of steps towards the ball, then he stopped. We all appealed for offside, but they somehow played on, even though he seemed to be interfering with play.

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“It probably knocked us back a bit, and put us on the back foot for the rest of the first half, but we virtually dominated the whole of the second half.”

Ex-Ipswich Town defender Eastman had scored the first senior goal of his career, just a fortnight earlier, in a 4-1 defeat at Bury.

And he didn’t have long to wait for his second, steering home Michael Rose’s cross for an 83rd minute equaliser.

Eastman added: “Two goals in three games, that’s not too bad for me!

“Scoring goals helps me with my confidence, and obviously helps the team out as well.

“Rosy whipped in a cross, and me and a defender went for it at the near post.

“I just got in front of the defender and got a toe in. It only needed a little touch.

“We played really well, especially in the second half, so we definitely deserved a point at the very least.”

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