U’s new boy Bolger gets ‘second wind’

Cian Bolger, who is cup-tied for Saturday's visit of Sheffield United

Cian Bolger, who is cup-tied for Saturday's visit of Sheffield United - Credit: Archant

Cian Bolger became the 800th player to play for Colchester United, since the Essex club was formed in 1937, when making his debut in last Saturday’s superb 1-0 win over Peterborough.

And centre-half Bolger’s first game for the U’s, following his one-month loan move from Bolton Wanderers, coincided with a first win in 12 league games for Joe Dunne’s men.

The 21-year-old Irishman looked a danger from set pieces, but he achieved his main goal against high-flying Posh – keeping a clean-sheet.

“I thought there was great communication between myself and Magnus (Okuonghae), and between the whole back four really,” enthused Bolger.

“We always had to be on our toes. We needed to be, because Peterborough have some top players, and I think we did that.

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“I had a few glancing headers up front. I would have liked to have got more on those headers, but as a defender the most important thing is a clean-sheet.

“Goals are a bonus. I will be trying to nick one or two, during my time here, but I’m really here to keep clean-sheets, that is my priority,” added Bolger.

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Last Tuesday evening, Macauley Bonne became the 799th player to turn out for the U’s, in a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town, as an 86th minute substitute. West Ham loanee striker, Elliot Lee, had started that game to be the 798th player to don a Colchester shirt.

Teenager Bonne followed up his debut with the winner against Peterborough.

It was a dream afternoon for Bonne, on his 18th birthday, but also a very satisfactory debut for Bolger, although he was not happy with the way he started the game.

“Personally, it was a bit of a slow start from me, getting back to the tempo of league football. It’s not the same as reserve football,” admitted Bolger.

“But after about 25 minutes I got into the game and really enjoyed myself. Once you get your second wind, you’re really flying.

“Overall it was a great team performance, and hopefully we can build on it and get another three points at Rotherham on Saturday.

“We always believed we could get something out of the Peterborough game, even though they were in the top two.

“Obviously the sending off (of Lee Tomlin) helped us because, with the extra man, we had that little bit of extra time on the ball, which really helped us.

“I thought we deserved to nick the win, to be honest,” concluded Bolger.

Saturday was Bolger’s first senior game of the season.

He is yet to play for Bolton, since his move from Leicester last January, although he has enjoyed considerable experience playing more than 50 games for Bristol Rovers during three separate loan spells.

Bolger and Okuonghae look set to resume their centre-half partnership at Rotherham this weekend.

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