Woeful U's suffer another away defeat

COLCHESTER United's woeful away form continued with another disappointing 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last night.The Owls had not beaten the U's in their previous five encounters, but they won with something in hand against Geraint Williams' out-of-sorts troops.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United's woeful away form continued with another disappointing 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last night.

The Owls had not beaten the U's in their previous five encounters, but they won with something in hand against Geraint Williams' out-of-sorts troops.

A 35th-minute own goal from Matthew Mills summed up the U's frustrating evening in south Yorkshire, arriving just eight minutes after Frank Simek had scored the opener with his first goal of the season.


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“I'm disappointed that we haven't made Sheffield Wednesday work very hard for their win. We gifted them two sloppy goals,” rued U's manager Williams.

“Once again we gave ourselves a mountain to climb. You can't come to Hillsborough and concede two sloppy goals and expect to get something out of the game.

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“An own goal like Matthew (Mills) scored happens sometimes, but it really hurt because it put us 2-0 down.

“The plan was not to concede until half-time, and then bring on Jamie Guy in the second half to try and nick a goal. We did have two great chances to score late in the first half, through Kevin McLeod and Richard Garcia, but why did we wait until we were 2-0 down?

“We didn't concede as many chances as we had done in our previous away games at Plymouth and Derby, but we had no cutting edge. In the end, the second-half was incidental,” added Williams, who rested joint leading scorer Jamie Cureton (slight calf niggle).

United have now won just three of their 21 games on the road this season.

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