Superb passing display earns U's victory against Gills

Gazette: Superb passing display earns U's victory against Gills Superb passing display earns U's victory against Gills

Colchester United’s passing football proved too much for Gillingham as the U’s eased to a superb 3-0 win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

It was a win that no-one in the crowd of 3,819 could deny was merited for the hosts and ensured they have now picked up ten points from their last five games.

Their goals came from Sanchez Watt, Clinton Morrison and Freddie Sears, while a fourth clean sheet in the last five outings will have been welcomed at the other end of the pitch.

It was 0-0 at half-time, but Gillingham would have been the far happier with that scoreline.

Colchester bossed the play throughout the first 45 minutes and apart from a few early forays by former Witham Town player Cody McDonald, the Gills were kept on the back foot.

At the other end, the U’s made sure that Gillingham keeper Stuart Nelson had a busy opening spell.

Colchester posed threats on both flanks, but the link-up between Luke Garbutt and Sanchez Watt on the left was the most productive.

Garbutt celebrated signing an extension to his loan deal from Premier League side Everton with a superb display.

He was central to everything that Colchester did well in the first half and it was from one of his shots that they had the best chance before the break when Nelson parried a fierce effort to Craig Eastmond, but he couldn’t control the rebound and his snap shot was off target with the goal gaping.

Perhaps the only criticism that could be thrown at the hosts was that they hadn’t finished off some of their chances, but it didn’t take them long to set that record straight after the interval.

The U’s pounced on a 50th minute error in midfield and broke with pace and precision, before Watt ended it by slamming the ball home for a deserved lead.

Marcus Bean, Dominic Vose and Brian Wilson had all been instrumental in the move and it heralded a further spell of home domination.

Colchester drove forward with increasing confidence and with Vose producing more and more threat off the right flank, it appeared only a matter of time before they got a second.

Vose curled a lovely effort just over and Garbutt tested Nelson with a low shot, but Colchester were unable to forge the second goal that their play deserved.

That was the case until the 85th minute when a free-kick by Garbutt came back to Watt on the edge of the box and his drilled shot was deflected into the net by Morrison’s deft touch.

It allowed Colchester to see the game out with comfort and gave the scoreline a little bit more of the look that their play had merited.

And Sears, making only his second appearance since late October, ensured their dominance was really reflected as he struck in injury time from 25 yards to make it 3-0.

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6:46pm Sat 11 Jan 14

norwood70 says...

Another excellent result. Now the players are starting to return from injury the performances are getting better. Still expect the Anti Joe Dunne people (aka Blueandwhitebaz) to find negatives and criticise something!!
Another excellent result. Now the players are starting to return from injury the performances are getting better. Still expect the Anti Joe Dunne people (aka Blueandwhitebaz) to find negatives and criticise something!! norwood70
  • Score: -13

6:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Medicated Soap says...

A solid win against a very poor Gillingham side, which gives us some breathing space and hopefully something to build on for the rest of the season!

A sluggish and uninspiring first half on the Cuckoo Bog, which was only Luke Garbutt lit up with his quality deliveries of the ball proving a threat. For the first time this season the U’s really stepped up a gear in the second half, becoming dominant in possession and creating chances. Sanchez Watt announced his return from injury with style; starting and finishing the move for the first goal and his low angled goal bound shot was bundled in by Clinton Morrison just before the commencement of stoppage time to finally wrap up the points. Credit to the Gillingham keeper for keeping them in the game until late on with a series of good saves. It was great to see Freddie Sears score on his return to action with the last kick of the game to give the scoreline some extra gloss.

While there’s no question whatsoever that we’ve ridden our luck against Oldham, Stevenage, and MK Dons in recent weeks, Gillingham created virtually nothing over the course of ninety minutes and the U’s were clear and deserved winners this afternoon!

Are we finally turning a corner with Joe Dunne? It’s now four clean sheets from the five games since the Notts County debacle, some encouraging signs, but I shall reserve judgement until the Sam Walker situation is resolved.

Up The U’s!
A solid win against a very poor Gillingham side, which gives us some breathing space and hopefully something to build on for the rest of the season! A sluggish and uninspiring first half on the Cuckoo Bog, which was only Luke Garbutt lit up with his quality deliveries of the ball proving a threat. For the first time this season the U’s really stepped up a gear in the second half, becoming dominant in possession and creating chances. Sanchez Watt announced his return from injury with style; starting and finishing the move for the first goal and his low angled goal bound shot was bundled in by Clinton Morrison just before the commencement of stoppage time to finally wrap up the points. Credit to the Gillingham keeper for keeping them in the game until late on with a series of good saves. It was great to see Freddie Sears score on his return to action with the last kick of the game to give the scoreline some extra gloss. While there’s no question whatsoever that we’ve ridden our luck against Oldham, Stevenage, and MK Dons in recent weeks, Gillingham created virtually nothing over the course of ninety minutes and the U’s were clear and deserved winners this afternoon! Are we finally turning a corner with Joe Dunne? It’s now four clean sheets from the five games since the Notts County debacle, some encouraging signs, but I shall reserve judgement until the Sam Walker situation is resolved. Up The U’s! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 25

6:58pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ontheball says...

Good win, judgement held back.
Good win, judgement held back. Ontheball
  • Score: 19

7:20pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bampotonian says...

I saw Gillingham wore all pink. Were we actually playing a team of nancy boys?
I saw Gillingham wore all pink. Were we actually playing a team of nancy boys? Bampotonian
  • Score: -25

8:43pm Sat 11 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

This was probably the most enjoyable game I have ever been to at the WHCS. The 3 - 0 score line flattered Gillingham who really only showed up in the first 20 minutes after which time the U's totally dominated and could easily have doubled their score if it hadn't been for the Gillingham keeper who pulled of several smart saves. It was good to see Sanchez Watt find his feet after the first 15 minutes to give the Gills right back a torrid time. He rounded off a good overall performance in the second half with his first goal of the season and provided a great strike which Clinton Morrison diverted for the second goal. Freddie Sears, who came on for the last 6 minutes, scored a peach of a goal cutting inside from the left and letting fly. Dominic Vose also had a very good game and he posed problems for the Gills on the right flank. Clinton Morrison had easily his best game in a United Shirt and not only lead the line well but managed to divert the Sanchez strike for his second goal of the season. The defence never looked in any real trouble all afternoon and Sam Walker probably had his easiest game for the U's. Bean, Eastmond and Wright all put in a good shift in midfield and totally wrestled the initiative away from the Gills. Although there were many fine performances, I couldn't really argue with Luke Garbutt once again being made man of the match as he was the one U's player who really stood out in the first half when we found it a little difficult to get going. However, the man of the match could have gone to any of Morrison, Vose, Garbutt, Okuonghae or Watt and it would have been difficult to argue against.



A great game in which we got out exactly what effort we were prepared to put in. Many congratulations to both the management team and the players. More games like this and the fans will return.
This was probably the most enjoyable game I have ever been to at the WHCS. The 3 - 0 score line flattered Gillingham who really only showed up in the first 20 minutes after which time the U's totally dominated and could easily have doubled their score if it hadn't been for the Gillingham keeper who pulled of several smart saves. It was good to see Sanchez Watt find his feet after the first 15 minutes to give the Gills right back a torrid time. He rounded off a good overall performance in the second half with his first goal of the season and provided a great strike which Clinton Morrison diverted for the second goal. Freddie Sears, who came on for the last 6 minutes, scored a peach of a goal cutting inside from the left and letting fly. Dominic Vose also had a very good game and he posed problems for the Gills on the right flank. Clinton Morrison had easily his best game in a United Shirt and not only lead the line well but managed to divert the Sanchez strike for his second goal of the season. The defence never looked in any real trouble all afternoon and Sam Walker probably had his easiest game for the U's. Bean, Eastmond and Wright all put in a good shift in midfield and totally wrestled the initiative away from the Gills. Although there were many fine performances, I couldn't really argue with Luke Garbutt once again being made man of the match as he was the one U's player who really stood out in the first half when we found it a little difficult to get going. However, the man of the match could have gone to any of Morrison, Vose, Garbutt, Okuonghae or Watt and it would have been difficult to argue against. A great game in which we got out exactly what effort we were prepared to put in. Many congratulations to both the management team and the players. More games like this and the fans will return. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 22

8:49pm Sat 11 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Norwood70 have you ever been had! I believe in giving praise where praise is due and this performance was well worthy of praise.
Norwood70 have you ever been had! I believe in giving praise where praise is due and this performance was well worthy of praise. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 14

9:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Boris says...

Gillingham beat Wolves last week, yet they were outplayed this afternoon. Just goes to show that Col U are not the only team that blows hot and cold.
Gillingham beat Wolves last week, yet they were outplayed this afternoon. Just goes to show that Col U are not the only team that blows hot and cold. Boris
  • Score: -2

11:47pm Sat 11 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Don't crow to much gillingham were a joke from the first whistle to the last.I thought no nine had eaten all the pies until the late on substitution brought us mr t + some.and what about the pink outfits? Lol.up the u's.
Don't crow to much gillingham were a joke from the first whistle to the last.I thought no nine had eaten all the pies until the late on substitution brought us mr t + some.and what about the pink outfits? Lol.up the u's. stevedawson
  • Score: 9

7:24am Sun 12 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

Well played Col U.

Who would have predicted that we would get 6 points from them this season?
Who would have predicted that Sheffield United would be so bad?
Who would have predicted that we could win 4-0, 3-0 and lose 0-4, 1-2 over Christmas?
Well played Col U. Who would have predicted that we would get 6 points from them this season? Who would have predicted that Sheffield United would be so bad? Who would have predicted that we could win 4-0, 3-0 and lose 0-4, 1-2 over Christmas? super waluigi
  • Score: -5

9:44am Sun 12 Jan 14

angryman!!! says...

The boys were really good even in the first half When there was some grumbles I thought we were good. Just need to keep doing what we did second half take shots. Watts really makes a difference. Vose work rate is superb. Garbut will surely be in the premiership next season.
When we have all injured players back and if we keep walker I think with a bit of luck we still could push the playoffs.
It's such an incosistent league with every one still being able to beat each other. You just need a run, look at brentford, where we were winning then gifted them the game since then they've gone on and on.
Good to see the over zealous stewarding again in the south stand!
The boys were really good even in the first half When there was some grumbles I thought we were good. Just need to keep doing what we did second half take shots. Watts really makes a difference. Vose work rate is superb. Garbut will surely be in the premiership next season. When we have all injured players back and if we keep walker I think with a bit of luck we still could push the playoffs. It's such an incosistent league with every one still being able to beat each other. You just need a run, look at brentford, where we were winning then gifted them the game since then they've gone on and on. Good to see the over zealous stewarding again in the south stand! angryman!!!
  • Score: 8

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