Williams hails team spirit
COLCHESTER United boss Geraint Williams believes that his side's “fantastic team spirit” will be worth several points this season.The U's once again showed terrific resilience to grind out a 1-1 draw at Luton Town on Tuesday night, despite coming under intense pressure during a one-sided second-half.
By Carl Marston
COLCHESTER United boss Geraint Williams believes that his side's “fantastic team spirit” will be worth several points this season.
The U's once again showed terrific resilience to grind out a 1-1 draw at Luton Town on Tuesday night, despite coming under intense pressure during a one-sided second-half. That followed a battling 2-1 win at Burnley last weekend.
The Essex club may have limited resources and a small squad, but they are not looking out of place in their first ever season of Championship football.
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The U's entertain QPR this weekend, and Williams is hoping for more of the same from his never-say-die troops.
“We're not going to get carried away, but we've just produced two decent away performances,” insisted Williams.
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“We showed fantastic team spirit at Luton, but we will need to rely on that many more times this season, because we have some very difficult places to go.
“A lot of other teams would have buckled under the pressure that we were put under by Luton. They are a good attacking team, and people will find out how tough it is to play at Kenilworth Road this season.
“I thought the first-half was very even, but they pressed us back in the second-half. However, we managed to stand firm.
Both sets of supporters were talking about just one player as they filtered out of Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night - heroic U's keeper Aidan Davison.
Williams remarked: “Of course Aidan (Davison) pulled off some fantastic saves. They weren't bad for an old fellow! (aged 38) It's great that everyone was talking about him that night. But there were many other great performances, under all that pressure. Wayne Brown came up with a superb goal-line clearance, and Jamie Cureton took his goal well.
“In fact, Jamie was disappointed that he didn't score two goals. We had to work very hard in the second-half, and Luton had many chances, but Jamie could also have scored a second goal. In the end, it was another point gained,” added Williams.
The U's now have seven points from seven fixtures, which is far healthier than their earlier tally of no points from four games.
This Saturday's visitors QPR are one the few teams below the U's. They were beaten by new league leaders Birmingham City 2-0 at Loftus Road on Tuesday night.