Ward: Exeter thrashing is ‘massive confidence boost’

COLCHESTER United manager John Ward says this afternoon’s 5-1 win over nine-man Exeter is a ‘massive confidence boost’ to his side.

Steven Gillespie cancelled out Daniel Nardiello’s opener before right-back Steve Tully was dismissed for bringing down Ashley Vincent in the first half.

The U’s were frustrated by the 10-man visitors before Scott Golbourne became the second Exeter player to be given his marching orders for fouling Vincent in the box after 72 minutes.

David Mooney tucked away the resultant spot-kick before the rampant hosts ruthlessly made the most of their two-man advantage with further goals from Gillespie, Vincent and Bond.

Following a run of four straight defeats, Colchester have now won two homes games in a week to climb back up to ninth in the table.

“I feel for Exeter because they’ve had two sendings off but I don’t think the referee’s had any other decision to make with either of them,” said Ward.

“Ashley’s pace has been a major thorn in their side and they couldn’t deal with him.

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“When you go up against 10 men it can be really difficult to break down. We needed to be patient and we did that.

“The second sending off and penalty made it a really difficult day for Exeter City but it’s a good day for our team and we’ve got to enjoy it.”

He added: “I feel for Paul Tisdale (Exeter manager) because it was a total disaster for his team today, so at the same time as enjoying what we’ve done I’ve got sympathy with my oppo.

“Regardless of the misfortunes of Exeter City though it’s a massive confidence boost for us today.”

– Full report and reaction in Monday’s EADT.

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