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Colchester United 2-0 Southend United – Reaction
Hayden Mullins could afford a smile after his Colchester United side recorded their second successive victory to all but seal their place in Sky Bet League Two.
The U’s saw off hapless local rivals, Southend United – the result as good as ending the Shrimpers 100-year stay in the Football League – Michael Folivi and combative skipper, Harry Pell, with the all-important goals.
“It’s a fantastic feeling and a momentum that we want to keep going,” the U’s Interim chief explained.
“It’s a really good atmosphere at the moment, from where we have been.
“There have been times when you leave this stadium this season really flat and down and it’s horrible and we’ve had some bad results and we’ve been on a really bad run.
“It’s great to go in there and see them all with a smile on their face – it’s a brilliant atmosphere and it’s one where now we’re coming off the back of two wins and a clean sheet in this one.”
Mullins spoke of the pressure in keeping Colchester in the Football League, adding: “It’s such a big thing, to lose your league status.
“It’s something we tried to keep away from the boys but also make them aware.
“It would have been so much better had the fans been here but to beat our local rivals and almost be safe is a pretty good feeling.”
Folivi opened the scoring for the U’s: “Mike is always on the move, in the box,” Mullins enthused.
“It’s the second goal he’s scored like that, after the one he scored against Walsall, last Saturday.
“He ended up with a tap in and you don’t care how they go in – it lifts us again and allows us to go on and get another goal.”
Meanwhile, the boss was thrilled with the contribution by Pell: “Harry has been a real driving force for us of late and he’s played a real captain’s role.
“He’s big for us on the pitch; he’s got a big voice and he’s experienced in the middle of the park.
“He battles away really well and he’s got good quality on the ball as well.
“I was really pleased for him to get the goal and it was a real captain’s performance.”
Southend’s Jason Demetriou was shown a straight red card for a horrific challenge on Pell which didn’t impress the U’s chief: “It was a bad challenge.
“I heard it and I heard the shin pad snap.
“If it’s in a different place and his leg his planted, it could have been a worse situation.
“There’s no need for it and there’s no place for it.
“There was an elbow in there on Harry as well which I think they’ve looked at and they’re going to look at again, off the ball.”