Home is where the heart is as U’s move into the play-off places

Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction

Steve Ball reflected upon another positive home performance from Colchester United as his side moved within three points for the Sky bet League Two automatic promotion places following a hard-fought victory over Leyton Orient at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Jevani Brown’s double – taking his tally to eleven for the season – proved decisive for the U’s: “It’s four league home wins in a row and five wins out of six at home in total, so it’s a good place to play for us,” boss Ball enthused.

“We’ve always enjoyed playing here and teams who come here tend to sit off us a little bit and fear us.

“We have to use that to our advantage but we have to turn that into our away form.”

Ball recognised the input of his master marksman, Brown, who has hit the heights after initially struggling for form during the last campaign: “JB took his goals well,” the U’s chief added.

“He’s such a confident boy Jevani and even through last year, he remained confident in his ability.

“He’s not the sort of kid to ever get his head down.”

Colchester was forced to conceded possession by a neat and tidy Orient side but ultimately offered enough in both boxes to earn the points: “It was so nice to see a really mature tactical performance,” Ball explained.

“I’ve just said to the players that coaches can give tactical information but it’s up to the players to execute it.

“We tweaked it a bit in the second half and we nullified them completely.

“Dean Gerken isn’t happy that we conceded late on and we were unnecessarily hanging on late on but I don’t think anyone can say that we didn’t deserve that win.”


Brian Jeeves

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