Ward keeps point in perspective

COLCHESTER United manager John Ward says this afternoon’s goalless home draw against lowly Yeovil isn’t the end of the world.

For the third successive home game the U’s failed to get anywhere near their impressive early season performance levels.

On the plus side though they were still able to record the clean sheet which had been lacking in recent league games and record a point against opposition that made life very difficult with their organised 4-1-4-1 formation.

“That’s part and parcel of a 46-game seassn,” said the U’s boss.

“Let’s not forget that we were playing a team that was trying to stop us winning.


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“It was a good performance from Yeovil and in the end it was important that we didn’t lose the game.

“I’ve said to the players that we’ve got a point more than we had at three o’clock today.

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“Our loses column is still in single figures and we are showing we are hard to beat.

“I want us to play well and I want us to win our home games, but that is not always possible.

“Chelsea have far better players than us and even they are finding it difficult to play well every week. That’s the game we are in.

“The most important thing is that when you don’t play well you don’t fall apart, you don’t collapse and you don’t lose the game.”

A significant number of U’s fans booed their side off in the previous two home games to this one following a 2-0 league defeat to Brentford and a narrow 1-0 victory over non-league minnows Swindon Supermarine in the FA Cup.

And while the home crowd did voice their frustrations at stages in this match, by and large they kept with the team this afternoon – something that was not lost on Ward.

“With nearly 4,00 people in the ground you are always going to get some grumblers, but I thought there were far more supporters of the side today, they stuck with us and we appreciate that.

“They know this side can play football and, like me, they get frustrated when it doesn’t play as well as it can.

“We’ll keep working at it, but we’re not doing too bad.”

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