‘We need a little more belief’ – Colchester United attacker Darren Ambrose

Darren Ambrose

Darren Ambrose

Darren Ambrose believes that his new club, Colchester United, need to “learn” how to win games.

The U’s travelled up to the north-west coast yesterday, in preparation for today’s away test at Fleetwood Town, still searching for their first victory of the campaign.

Tony Humes’ men have drawn two and lost two of their first four league and cup games and, although Ambrose feels that a first win is within touching distance, he recognises that the team have to adopt a stronger mental approach.

“I feel that Tuesday (0-0 home draw against Oldham) was another stepping stone towards getting that first win of the season,” explained summer signing Ambrose.

“We’ve discussed it, we’ve got two points so far, but potentially we could have had nine points!

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“In the second half against Blackpool (2-2 draw), we showed what a good side we are to come back, and at Peterborough a lapse of just 10 minutes cost us the game.

“But we are stepping in the right direction. We just have to learn how to win, and believe we can win games, because that was all that was needed on Tuesday.

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“We just needed a little bit more belief, against Oldham, and to be a little more clinical with the few chances we had, myself included. Then we could have come away with a win.

“We’ve go to learn how to win, and I think we can do that in the upcoming games.

“We are creating enough chances to win games, though not as many as our possession tells. We have a lot of the ball in games, and a lot of forward passes, and the chances will come.

“I feel that just a few minor changes will see us get a nice run of wins,” added Ambrose.

Former top flight attacker Ambrose, who has starred for the likes of Ipswich Town (three spells), Newcastle United, Charlton, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City during a distinguished career, signed for the U’s as a free agent just before the season started.

The 31-year-old has started all three league games to date, and is again set to operate on the left flank at Fleetwood today.

“It’s a mentality thing for us, with winning games,” continued Ambrose.

“It’s not the ability, because the team has that ability, we have showed that. It’s more a mentality thing.

“We kept a clean-sheet on Tuesday, and that will give us plenty of confidence ahead of this weekend.

“We’re a young team, and the lads are learning and developing as a team every day.

“I’m finding it good, playing at this level (third tier) for the first time in my career. I’m feeling better, with each game that goes by. I’m getting stronger with every game, and I’m enjoying helping the young players to develop.

“It had been a frustrating last couple of years for me, so it’s really nice to be starting games again. I had been struggling to break into teams, without really being a part of the various managers’ plans.

“Now it’s fantastic to be a part of it, here at Colchester.

“I’ve never played at Fleetwood before, and it’s going to be a long journey, but we will be going into it full of confidence,” added Ambrose.

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