“We will not go down without a fight” – Colchester United marksman Elliot Lee
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Colchester United marksman Elliot Lee insists that the U’s will not go down “without a fight.”
Lee scored a cracking goal to put the U’s 2-1 up against relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers during a rip-roaring League One encounter at the Community Stadium on Good Friday.
However, Lee’s delightful strike was upstaged by team-mate Alex Gilbey just 60 seconds later.
Gilbey’s 30-yard beauty made it 3-1 in the 72nd minute, and substitute Richard Brindley completed a remarkable comeback with a fourth on 87 minutes.
Earlier, Rovers’ first-half opener from Gary McSheffrey had put the visitors in the driving seat, until Chris Porter turned the tide with his equaliser just after the hour mark.
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“We are not going to go down without a fight,” insisted goalscorer Lee.
“We are going to give everything. We are going to give 100%, right up until the last game, and hopefully we can pull it off.
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“Hope springs eternal for us, and things went for us in the second half. The gaffer (Kevin Keen) has done a great job for us, by not going mad at us at half-time, but instead, encouraging us to play our game.
“It’s been frustrating for us all, especially the gaffer. We’ve tried so hard to turn it around.
“Today you saw what we are capable of as a team. We’ve known that throughout the whole time I’ve been here, and even before I arrived (from West Ham).
“We knew we weren’t up to scratch in the first half. We sort of got sucked into their game.
“But for the second half, all credit to the gaffer. He told us to ‘go out there and play your game.’ We changed the formation a little bit, and it has come off for us.
“We’ve ended up playing how we know we can. Things went for us today, whereas they hadn’t in previous games.”
Friday’s win ended a five-month wait for a home league victory. In fact, it was only the U’s second win in their last 24 league matches.
As a result, they are off the bottom of the table, although they are still eight points adrift of safety, with eight games left.
“It was a must-win game. We said that at half-time,” said Lee.
“It was now or never, that’s exactly what the gaffer said at half-time. I thought we really stood up to the challenge today.”