However, in the last minute of stoppage time, we released Weston down the left and very disappointingly, he headed for the corner the flag. We won a corner, but again we had no ambition to score from that, and the final whistle was blown.
Agree with pretty all of report, but Lionel Road in the middle of nowhere??
Are you looking at Lionel Road in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors or the one close to the Chiswick Flyover??
A great opening spell, the two early goals were well-deserved although David Hunt's came a bit out of the blue. He was unfortunate with the own goal and that seemed to give Colchester a bit of a spark and although the equaliser was deep into first-half stoppage time, they'd had a couple of near-misses in the few minutes before that.
When Colchester started the second period strongly, I feared that we'd quickly find ourselves behind but a fantastic goal from Charlie Mac put us back in control. I didn't think Diagouraga had a hugely influential game in midfield but he did brilliantly to set up the third goal and I really thought we would hold on for the win.
Some good performances - Szczesny, Legge, Hunt and MacDonald deserve a mention, along with O'Connor at full-back - but Sam Wood at left-back is a real worry. He got turned inside out far too often and didn't really stop anything coming from the left-hand side.
Colchester are awful to watch - typical Bothroyd hoof-ball team.
A good and well-deserved point against a difficult team to play against.
in the last 15 minutes they were looking for Lisbie at every opportunity,
Don't think he likes us very much as that is another less than balanced view of the game, our three goals were all well worked from open play only one of his was.
Whilst I think Boothroyd is talking sh*t - he is under real pressure there for the way his team plays and the fact it is no longer producing results - our first came from a free kick and the second from a corner.
I think I heard him say, in the post-match interview, that the "dominated possession"; funny how we had 51% according to the BBC. 49% domination, eh?Whilst I think Boothroyd is talking sh*t...
Their goals were a deflected OG, a scrappy one in the box and a deflection from a (decent) cross.
As I was walking to the ground, I spoke to an older Colchester supporter who was saying that although they are near the top of the table, the football played this season has been some of the worst he has seen in many years. He was not complimentary about Boothroyd's tactics, suggesting that he has no plan B at all - I think I've heard that said before at Watford!
The size of their crowds also suggests that fans aren't enjoying the "product"
Getting off the suject a bit, who is the guy in the wooly hat interviewing Andy on Bees World. He always refers to Andy as Mr Scott, so he is obviously got a lot of respect for him.................................................Many Thanks, Luv Wayfarer.
IMHO their first two goals were complete flukes.
The own goal, which as we all know, could have goen anywhere. And for the second the only reason the guy was unmarked was because they were rushing to take the corner - hit it too long and the guy arriving late from taking the previous corner was in a position to head in.
You know what I mean, I just hope our new ground isn't like theirs and has some character about it, when you see grounds like that stuck in a field by a motorway you do feel for the fans.
that is what the new brighton ground will be - a few miles out of brighton and on the way to lewes.
Frankly I have given up on this season as long as we avoid relegation. However must improve next season it is simply not god enough to let slip a two goal lead.
Think you're a bit off there - it's very well linked in terms of transport already, three stops (about 8 minutes) on the train from central brighton, plus buses 24hrs a day every 5-10 minutes and right next to two university campuses and about 10,000 students. It's a 30 second walk from Falmer train station as well. Easier to get to than the Withdean (or the Goldstone) from whichever way you come. Sounds very different from Doncaster.
It also looks like it'll be a nice ground inside.
I'm not a fan of Brighton but I'm envious of this development and tbf, their fans deserve some reward for the difficult times of the last couple of decades. So do we, but it looks like a longish wait for us............
Before the match, I would have taken a point, but with the way it went I would definitely see this as 2 points dropped. The 4-5-1 worked brilliantly - it showed that we always had an extra man in midfield, so we controlled the centre of the pitch. Also the fact that Charlie worked his socks off (as usual) meant that we posed plenty of threats upfront.
The first goal was a rocket of a shot from Hunt after the ball fell to him on the edge of the area. It didn't seem to go in the corner and the goalkeeper didn't move so I assume it was deflected. The 2nd was a superb header from Legge, converting a Hunt corner.
We seemed to be in complete control, but suddenly they halved the deficit after MacDonald looked to have been fouled but the referee gave a handball when he fell on the ball. Colchester got the ball to the right wing, and Hunt seemed to get his feet mixed up and the ball went off him and looped over Szczesny.
As the half went on, we dropped our work-rate and the players started to try to play too intricately and Colchester got a deserved equaliser. However, it came from a corner that seemed far deeper into stoppage time than the 2 minutes indicated.
We started the 2nd half brightly, and a great move released Diagouraga down the left who fed in MacDonald who somehow beat the keeper at his near post. From the start of the 2nd half, Colchester were attacking us almost exclusively down the right wing, and Wood was getting beaten time after time. I think he can do a good job there for us, but it seemed an obvious switch to bring on Foster with the amount of chances they were creating, and of course we eventually conceded that way with Prutton converting a cross.
In the last few minutes, we were hanging onto the point, and Colchester had about 4 corners in a row that were causing us problems. However, in the last minute of stoppage time, we released Weston down the left and very disappointingly, he headed for the corner the flag. We won a corner, but again we had no ambition to score from that, and the final whistle was blown.
Szczesny - was generally commanding, but maybe could have done better to keep the 2nd goal out.
O'Connor - had a solid match, but I don't think he did any better than Foster would have done in that position.
Legge - headed everything, didn't give their forwards anything and took his goal brilliantly.
Osborne - still not the finished product, but he was generally good and I think it would be a shame if we release him in the summer.
Wood - did well in the first half, but was bombarded in the 2nd half and couldn't cope, though Weston didn't always track back to help out.
Hunt - played well in front of the back 4, always looking to break up play and make himself available for possession.
Strevens - was effective in that he gave us extra height and support from deep for MacDonald, but occasionally tried to play like an actual winger and was nullified by their left back when he did so.
Bean - his usual self, got from box to box and wing to wing.
Diagouraga - didn't seem to do much, but did very well in the build-up for the 3rd goal.
Weston - looked confident and was very effective in the 1st half, but Colchester often doubled up on him in the 2nd half so he wasn't as much of a threat.
MacDonald - superb performance upfront, chased after everything and their centre-backs couldn't handle him.
i put on one of my festivals in stanmer park (on the other side of the A27) after the council got cold feet and moved us from 'the flat' which was our preferred venue.
I think getting to and from Falmer will be a nightmare with any sort of large crowd.
A common feature of all thse out of town grounds is no street parking. The local train station will not be able to handle than a few hundred at most.I thought Colchesters new ground was a ridiculous place to put a football stadium. OK if they only get sub 5k crowds but heaven knows how they could handle a large crowd.
I'm with you there, their fans annoy me and the pious "oh woe is us" wore thin a long time ago, however a good feature on the Late kick off this week about them did soften my heart a bit. Seems incredible that Archer & Belloti got away scot free after raping that club.