John McGreal: “It’s not nice, particularly after the run we have been on” - Colchester United 2-3 Crawley Town - Reaction

By Brian Jeeves in Football

Colchester United 2-3 Crawley Town - Reaction

Brian Jeeves reporting from the Weston Homes Community Stadium

COLCHESTER United manager, John McGreal, was left frustrated after his side’s five-match winning sequence at the Weston Homes Community Stadium was brought to its conclusion by struggling Crawley Town.

An impressive hat-trick from Jimmy Smith ensured the visitors all three Sky Bet League Two points, and McGreal was left to reflect on what might have been, especially after his side had started the game so strongly: “It’s not nice, particularly after the run we have been on, he said. “I thought we started the game ever so well, really well. We got a really good goal, but we looked like we came off it.

“I don’t know why. It’s not down to a lack of fitness, bodies and stuff that we’ve got.

“I’ve just looked at the stats and they’ve had three shots at goal and three goals. Tonight, I don’t think we’ve done the basics after the really good start that we had.”

McGreal had been robbed of a number of senior players due to injury but refused to use it as an excuse for the defeat, adding: “I’m not going to blame the injuries. I think it’s an air of not doing the right thing after getting a really good start. Don’t get me wrong, Crawley are a good passing team and they proved that at times. Once they got a little foothold into it, we just seemed a little bit deflated from when we actually scored, which is disappointing.”

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