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This was undoubtedly our worst performance of the season. I've just left a very disappointed dressing room. For the first time this season, we were not at the races and we didn't perform.
By Carl Marston
This was undoubtedly our worst performance of the season. I've just left a very disappointed dressing room. For the first time this season, we were not at the races and we didn't perform. But it's the first time that this has happened and we will learn from it. Too many players were off their game today and the quality was not there. You will always get punished for that at this level.
We were not under much pressure early on but we then put ourselves under pressure with two or three stray passes in the middle. We wanted to start the second-half in positive fashion but those two quick goals blew that plan out of the window! The game was dead after that, although we did pass the ball better later on.
The referee should have let the game go on for our goal to stand (Jamie Cureton's effort was wiped out for an earlier Leeds foul), and I don't think they should have had a penalty. But they are only two decisions. We needed to take the game to the opposition when it was 0-0, not when we were 3-0 down. I didn't rant or rave at the players but I'm not taking this defeat very well.
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We missed Greg Halford. He's been carrying an ankle injury in recent games and he did not feel right. It would not have been fair for him to play. But this is our first big defeat in 18 league and cup games, so we won't be over-reacting.”
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Since I've been at the club, Robbie Blake has been our little gem. We allow him to go anywhere. He was fantastic, and his general workload was good. He has the knack of getting into positions that will hurt the opposition. All in all, it was a good afternoon's work for us.
Colchester work on their set pieces and they're good at them but we looked solid and it was important to keep a clean sheet, especially as we have been all over the place in recent weeks. It will take a long, long time for this club to recover but we are starting to get a group of lads who want to do well for each other.”
I've lost a little bit of weight, and that was reflected in my performance. The gaffer was right to tell me that I needed to lose a few pounds. I have some more to give but I've already lost five or six pounds. I was finding it difficult at the start of the season because I wasn't playing many games and I was getting disinterested. But I'm now enjoying my football again. The gaffer wants to play me behind the two strikers and that gives me a lot of leeway.”