Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1: Carl Marston's 5 Talking Points
PUBLISHED: 17:52 30 September 2017
Colchester United writer Carl Marston highlights five Talking Points from today's fine 1-0 away win at Yeovil Town.
A total of 152 U’s fans were at Huish Park to witness only the U’s second away win of 2017.
RETURN OF MURRAY
The return of Sean Murray to the starting line-up was inspired.
In addition to scoring his first goal in a U’s shirt, with the 43rd minute winner via an accurate shot from the edge of the box, he bossed the midfield alongside Doug Loft, who also had a good game with both his passing and his intercepting.
INFLUENCE OF REID
Fresh from his brace at goals in the 2-2 draw at Grimsby in midweek, Reid looked a class act, particularly in the first half.
The Coventry City was the U’s main attacking outlet, with his bursts down the left flank, plus his willingness to shoot and cross into the danger zone.
He has developed into a very effective player for the U’s, and he also set up the winner for Murray.
The mere fact that the name of Kurtis Guthrie was on the team-sheet was a big boost for the U’s.
Guthrie netted 12 goals in his first season with the U’s last campaign, but has not featured since injuring his ankle in February.
He played 30 minutes for the under-23s last Monday, and although he only came on as a stoppage time substitute today, it bodes well for the future, especially as the U’s do look like they are struggling for goals up front.
DFENCES ON TOP
Defences bossed this game.
Yeovil defenders blocked a lot of U’s shots, especially in the first half, with Brandon Hanlan particularly unlucky not to score, as was Murray before he finally got his goal.
But it was the U’s defence who reigned supreme, in a 4-4-2 formation, keeping their first clean-sheet of the season.
Centre-halves Ryan Inniss and Frankie Kent hardly put a foot wrong, while full-backs Ryan Jackson and Kane Vincent-Young are both enjoying fine seasons.
The net result was that Sam Walker had very few saves to make.
U’s boss John McGreal likes to tinker with his formation, but the 4-4-2 system is working a treat at the moment.
That formation has now collected four points on the road this week, at Grimsby (2-2) and now Yeovil.
The U’s do look more solid as a unit in that shape, with the bonus of operating two strikers up top.