“We were chasing the game” – Colchester United boss Kevin Keen

Kevin Keen

Kevin Keen - Credit: Su Anderson

Colchester United boss, Kevin Keen, admitted that conceding a second minute goal was a hammer blow to his side, following this afternoon’s 4-1 home defeat to Peterborough.

The U’s were always chasing the game, when Jon Taylor put Posh 1-0 up inside the first two minutes, and George Moncur’s 20th minute penalty miss made their task doubly difficult.

Two goals in quick succession by substitutes Andrew Fox and Shaquile Coulthirst ended the U’s challenge in the second half, even though Moncur eventually pulled a goal back on 77 minutes.

And there was still time for Marcus Maddison to net an injury-time fourth for the visitors.

“You can say that it was never a 4-1 game, but then we’ve been saying that a lot this season,” insisted Keen.

“The first goal was so important, and it was very disappointing, because it left us having to chase the game.

“We outplayed them for large parts of the game, but it was difficult to come back.

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“Of course the (Moncur) missed penalty was significant, but George has been fantastic for me since I’ve been at the club.

“It’s a big ask when you get to the last eight or nine games of the season and you know that you have to keep winning.

“Sooner or later you are going to come up against a keeper like today (Ben Alnwick), who makes some great saves.

“We gave ourselves too much to do, chasing the game with that early goal conceded.

“But we still have four games left and we are not giving up,” added Keen.

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