MATCHDAY RECAP: U’s slip to heart-breaking stoppage time 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City

Colchester United head coach John McGreal is looking to get the better of Exeter. Picture: STEVE WAL

Colchester United head coach John McGreal is looking to get the better of Exeter. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admits his team has not scored enough goals to mount a big promotion push this season ahead of a League Two trip to play-off contenders Lincoln City.

The U’s have found themselves short of firepower this term, a problem that has held them back from mixing it with the Imps and sustaining a top-seven push, despite boasting the sixth best defensive record in League Two.

The likes of Chris Porter, Brennan Dickenson and Kurtis Guthrie all scored goals on a regular basis in 2016-17, when the U’s finished just one point and one place outside the play-offs with 67 goals scored in 46 matches.

Twelve months on and the U’s have managed just 52 goals from 43 outings. To make matters worse, leading scorer Sammie Szmodics (13 goals) has not scored in his last 13 appearances, and netted just one in his last 16 outings, while target man Mikael Mandron, the only other U’s player to reach double figures, has taken 41 games (46 in all competitions) to score 10 goals.

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“In a nutshell, we just haven’t taken our chances this season, explained McGreal.

“We had 14 to 16 shots against Notts County (3-1 home defeat on Saturday). We have been hitting these targets and numbers every week, playing with plenty of width and pace, but we’ve only got two players with double figures this year. That proves we haven’t been good enough in this area.”

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