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Colchester United v Northampton Town – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Reaction
Colchester United 0-1 Northampton Town
Hayden Mullins offered an honest assessment after witnessing h8is Colchester United side come up short against a resolute Northampton Town outfit at the JobServe Community Stadium.
Jon Guthrie’s goal midway through the opening half sealed a second-successive Sky Bet League Two victory for the Cobblers. And although Colchester improved significantly after the interval, missed chances from Brendan Wiredu and Freddie Sears proved costly, while the late dismissal of Northampton defender, Fraser Horsfall made no difference to the outcome.
“Football is a cruel game sometimes but we didn’t help ourselves, in the first half,” Mullins bemoaned.
“We were too flat and we allowed them to control the tempo of the game.
“They slowed it down every opportunity they had, with every throw and every free-kick, every goal-kick – it was just so slow and there was no flow to the game in the first half.
“They got their goal which was poor from us and they held onto it.
“We were good in the second half, very good and we created a number of chances.
The U’s boss continued: “The goal gave them something to hang onto and there was a lot of gamesmanship from there with them slowing the game down.
“For their goal, the defenders have got to defend it out until the ball is cleared and it was a really soft goal that we conceded.
“Then we’re always trying to force the issue and I don’t think we really did it, in the first half.
“We didn’t really get the tempo going and we got sucked into their game plan.
“We spoke to the boys at half-time and we said that the tempo has got to be lifted and we need to be more on the front foot.
“We got that and in the second half, the majority of the game was played in their half.
“It was exactly what we needed and we needed to force the issue at home and take the game to them and we missed some great chances.
“They’re not a bad side and they’ve just been relegated.
“We knew that they were going to come here and stifle the game and that’s the big disappointment for me.”
On the missed opportunities, Mullins added: “Brendan came inside on his left foot with his shot and he’s been working on that – he was unlucky.
“Then Freddie went through one on one and you think he’ll tuck it away but the goalkeeper has done well but we should score.
“It was unlucky for Fred and sometimes when you go through, they’re the worst ones.
“There’s a little bit too much time to think about it.”