Ward now seeking first away win
COLCHESTER United manager John Ward says his side will be going all out for victory at struggling Plymouth on Saturday following a fine point at high-flying Peterborough.
The U’s recovered from George Boyd’s sixth minute opener to equalise through Ian Henderson in the 17th minute. It stayed that way despite both sides having chances to win it in a highly entertaining match.
It was Colchester’s first away point in five matches and Henderson’s goal was the first time they’d found the net on their travels in just under nine and a half hours of football.
The Essex side’s next three away games are at the division’s three bottom sides in Plymouth, Bristol Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge.
“We’ve found our away goal and we’ve found our away point,” said Ward. “The next thing to do is to get an away win and this weekend will be a big test if we want to do that.
“Defensively you have to say we have been as good as anyone in the division away from home.”
Reflecting on last night’s match he said: “It was two teams going hammer and tongs at each other. You could see why there have been some 4-4s here and it could easily have been one of them again.
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“I’m really pleased that my team has come here and gone face-to-face with a team like theirs.”
– Colchester play American side San Jose Earthquakes at Tottenham’s Spurs Lodge venue (1pm) in a behind-closed-doors friendly match tomorrow.
The MLS side, managed by former Ipswich player Frank Yallop, are currently based at Tottenham while they undertake a pre-season tour of England.
The match will see U’s midfielder John-Joe O’Toole make his first appearance since injuring knee ligaments in April last year. Steven Gillespie is also set to feature after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.