Ball frustrated with U’s poor decision making

Brian Jeeves

Colchester United 3-3 Oldham Athletic – Reaction

It might have been a barnstormer of a game, but Stev Ball wasn’t overly impressed with the outcome after his Colchester United side allowed 2-0 and 3-2 leads slip as previously pointless Oldham Athletic claimed a share of the spoils in north Essex.

“It should have been three points today,” the U’s boss bemoaned.

“It’s about decisions in areas of the pitch and that’s where we need that experience at times and that understanding that we were winning the game.

“It wasn’t our best performance in the second half but I thought we were in control of the game.

“It’s about making the right call, at the right time.

“The players are really sore after that as I am – we’ve had 15 or 16 shots, three good goals and enough opportunities to win the game.”

“Colchester should have been home and hosed long before the Latics snatched an 87th-minute equaliser. A moment in the game which particularly grated the U’s chief.

“I felt really in control at 3-2.

“I know it’s only a one-goal difference but I didn’t really feel apart from a couple of skirmishes at the end that we’d concede again.

“It’s just the manner of the last goal that’s a bit sour tonight.

“We had chances to clear the ball.

“Where we have to do better is those key moments when we’re under a little bit of pressure.”

The U’s boss concluded: “It’s a learning curve for all of us, me included.

“We’ll go away and watch the game again and we could have done a lot better.”


Brian Jeeves