Small margins remain a concern for Cowley

Sutton United v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – VBS Community Stadium – Report

Sutton United 1-1 Colchester United

Danny Cowley pointed towards small margins which prevented Colchester United from picking up three priceless Sky Bet League Two points at bottom-of-the-table Sutton United and having to settle for one.

Cameron McGeehan gave the U’s an early lead at the VBS Community Stadium. However, Sutton hit back through Charlie Lakin.

Indeed, only a late penalty save from Owen Goodman from Harry Smith prevented Colchester from a damaging defeat. 

“Sometimes, in football moments can have a big influence on the outcome of the game.,” Cowley explained.

“We’re 1-0 up and we’re in a really good place in the game and in real control.

“Arthur Read has hit the inside of the post and we have another really good chance with Jayden Fevrier – if we find a second goal there, then you take a lot of their fight away.

“We didn’t and they’re small margins.

“To be fair, I felt we gifted them a goal and that allowed them to get some energy and momentum in the game and we had a difficult spell, going into half-time.

“We had to regroup at half-time and I thought we did that well and in the second half, we looked the better team, in that early period.

“At the moment, we lose our rhythm really quickly.

“We can make one bad decision and one bad execution and it can really affect our rhythm.

“We just need to be a little bit more durable than that, I think.”

On Goodman’s heroics, Cowley added: “I knew Owen would save it.

“That’s why I was calm, I was getting a sub ready – I watch him every day in training and he’s so fast across his line.

“He has such a high level of athleticism and I’m so pleased for him, because he’s had a couple of difficult moments recently and it’s easy to criticise.

“He made the mistake against Forest Green and he was a little bit disappointed with the Harrogate goal but after the Harrogate game, I didn’t speak to him.

“Some players, I feel the need to and to manage them but Owen is an elite goalkeeper and I think he’s got a really good mindset.

“He’s a boy who doesn’t get too low when he has a disappointment and too high when he has a moment like this and that is ultimately why he can manage himself without too much input by me.”

Brian Jeeves