U's midfielder Wright targets more consistency

Gazette: Christmas cheer - U's manager Davud Wright is hoping that points make prizes over the festive period. Christmas cheer - U's manager Davud Wright is hoping that points make prizes over the festive period.

David Wright wants to give Colchester United supporters some Christmas cheer by helping the U’s bag back-to-back home wins over the festive period.

And the experienced U’s midfielder admits it is essential that they follow up their 2-0 win at Oldham Athletic last weekend by finishing 2013 on a high.

Colchester are preparing for two successive games at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, against sides currently situated in League One’s relegation zone.

Joe Dunne’s side play host to Stevenage on Boxing Day (kick-off 3pm) and follow that up by entertaining Crewe Alexandra, on Sunday.

Wright, who returned to the U’s starting line-up against Oldham, knows it is crucial that they keep their standards high, over the busy Christmas schedule.

He said: “We need to go into the game against Stevenage on Boxing Day and make sure that the Oldham win is not wasted.

“We need to do it against Stevenage and Crewe as well and we’ve spoken about getting that consistency.

“We’ve set standards and we need to hit them regularly now.

“We had earmarked December as a chance to drag us to where we want to be, which is looking to get into the top ten.

“We were extremely disappointed with the way things went against Notts County.

“We let ourselves down there but hopefully, the Oldham win and performance redeemed some of that.

“We have to go into our next two home games looking to finish the year off very strongly.”

Colchester’s win at Oldham was the perfect way to bounce back from their 4-0 home thrashing at the hands of Notts County.

The U’s were helped by Wright, who returned to the starting line-up after missing the Notts County game with a back injury.

“It was a very good response after what happened against Notts County,” said the 33-year-old former Ipswich Town player.

“It was a fabulous achievement to go from conceding four at home to coming to a difficult place and not conceding.

“We know what we’ve got in the dressing room and we know how we can play.

“It was a really good performance at Oldham, which is a really difficult place to go to.

“From the first minute, there was only one winner, which is all credit to the boys.”

Wright suffered a dead leg in the Oldham win but is confident of being fit for the Stevenage clash.

He said: “It should be alright - it’ll be sore for a couple of days but then it’s right as rain.”

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