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Okuonghae believes Colchester United are tougher to beat
9:52am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
MAGNUS Okuonghae believes Colchester United have become harder to beat this season.
The U’s defence has been breached only 14 times in the 11 games in League One.
Only eight sides have let in fewer goals in the division, with three that Colchester have conceded coming against Wolves.
Okuonghae is now the U’s longest-serving outfield player, having joined them from Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009.
And having played under four different managers at U’s, the popular centre-back feels Joe Dunne’s side have developed a new-found tough streak.
Okuonghae said: “I think we’ve got that resilience back which has been part of our identity the whole time I’ve been here.
“We’re minimising the chances that teams get against us.
“Since I’ve been here we’ve always kept clean sheets and we’ve always been hard to beat.
“I think we’re getting back to that and we can get even better.
“We defend as a team and attack as a team, just as we win and lose as a team.
“We haven’t won the games we’d like recently but I think later on in the season we’ll appreciate the points that we’ve picked up. “But the important thing is not to go the other way.
“The good thing is that we’re getting chances to win games and we have to keep doing that.
“We know we need to score more goals and as a team, that’s what we’re working on.
“When we do that, we’ll go up the table.”
Okuonghae has played in all but one of Colchester’s league and cup games so far this season.
The 27-year-old been a near ever-present during the current campaign, which has seen the U’s hampered by injuries. Tom Eastman, Josh Thompson and Ryan Dickson have all been missing from the U’s back four in recent weeks.
But ahead of their trip to Brentford this weekend, Okuonghae insisted that Colchester have the personnel to deal with the situation.
He added: “The injury problems have been quite surreal, but we only really think about it when someone mentions it, which I think is a credit to our squad.
“When we go out there at Brentford on Saturday the fact that we’ll be missing players won’t cross our minds.
“We rally together and do what needs to be done – no-one is feeling sorry for themselves and it gives other players a chance.”
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