Troubled U’s already looking shipwrecked

Colchester United v Rochdale – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Reaction

Colchester United 0-1 Rochdale 

It was a painful watch. Colchester United slipped to defeat against a Rochdale side previously without a win in all nine of their Sky Bet League Two matches.

The fans trudged out of the JobServe angry and agitated. The incoming manager, if he was watching, probably realised he has a titanic problem on his hands as the club seemingly hurtle towards relegation.

Rochdale’s Devante Rodney netted the only goal of the game midway through the first half from the penalty spot and although Freddie Sears passed up a similar opportunity for the U’s in the closing minutes, the visitors’ victory was thoroughly deserved.

Interim U’s boss, Steve Ball, disagreed: “I don’t think either side deserved to win but I thought we deserved something out of the game,” he explained.

“We started on the front foot in the first five or ten minutes.

“We got into some nice areas but that first goal is so important and midway through the first half, we lost our way, that’s for sure.

Ball continued: “There were some positive moments in the second half as far as territory and getting into good areas are concerned but it was the final bit.”

On the missed penalty, Ball added: “Freddie is a proven goal scorer – the keeper has guessed right and it wasn’t to be.

“These things happen in a game of football every single day.

“It’s really important that nothing is taken personally and that’s certainly not the case.”

Ball believes the incoming manager has a reasonable group to work with: “I think it’s a competitive squad for a new manager coming in,” he continued.

“We’ve got a really deep squad and there are options and quality in all areas for the new manager that comes in.

“He’ll have some good players to pick from and it’s just the matter of getting the right formula, to start winning games.”


Brian Jeeves