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“I’m really angry” – Colchester United manager hits out

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Danny Cowley, Colchester United’s manager, couldn’t disguise his dissatisfaction with his team’s performance during a 4-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers Wednesday night.

The U’s headed into the encounter at the JobServe Community Stadium knowing that a point would have secured their League Two status for another season. After just nine minutes, Jayden Fevrier gave the home team an early lead. However, their lead lasted only five minutes, as Luke Molyneux leveled before Harrison Biggins put Grant McCann’s team ahead shortly thereafter.

Doncaster were the surprise package of the second half of the season, demonstrating their potential in the second period. Tom Anderson and Joe Ironside scored to seal the victory, propelling the Yorkshire club to fifth place.

Prior to the match, Colchester had won two consecutive games for the first time since November. Despite their opponents’ nine consecutive wins before to the tie, they were confident in their ability to complete the task. They quickly crashed down to Earth, however, and now face a nerve-racking final day on Saturday.

Cowley was enraged by the performance, despite having overseen an improvement since taking over from Matthew Etherington in January. Speaking to Gazette News after the game, the former Lincoln City manager stated:

“It was a tough night for us.

“We have the ability to self harm, to self destruct, in a game where we let four terrible goals in.

“For 75 minutes, it was 2-1 and they’ve had three shots at goal, two from 30 yards and somehow they’re winning in the game.

“We were 2-1 down at half-time where we felt we shouldn’t have been, as we’d done a lot right. We were in total ascendency and they don’t even want to score any more goals, they want to hang onto what they’ve got and we gift them another two goals.

“I’ve just looked back at the goals and they’re very hard to defend. We actually played well box to box but you can’t say you’ve played well when we’ve conceded the goals that we have.

“It’s a damaging and really disappointing night and I’m really angry. We just did the basics so poorly.”

Colchester are three points ahead of Sutton United going into the final day. A trip to Crewe Alexandra awaits, as their relegation opponents travel to MK Dons. Although challenging on paper, the Buckinghamshire club cannot finish better or lower than fourth place and may be tempted to rest players ahead of their play-off semi-final match early next month.

Writer’s View

Danny Cowley would have wanted to have finished the job last night, but it was always going to be difficult against a squad that has forgotten how to lose. They are strong favourites to avoid relegation, with a three-point lead and a better goal difference. However, League Two is full of surprises, and there could be one more twist in the tale.

Colchester cannot rely on other outcomes and must go for the kill at Mornflake Stadium. It will be a stressful last day.

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