Watt sent off as U's battle to a point at Swindon

Gazette: Marching orders - Sanchez Watt was sent off on his birthday for Colchester at Swindon. Marching orders - Sanchez Watt was sent off on his birthday for Colchester at Swindon.

Sanchez Watt received a card he did not want on his birthday after he was sent off in Colchester United’s 0-0 draw at Swindon Town.

The U’s forward, who had already been booked earlier in the match, received his marching orders on his 23rd birthday following an altercation with the Robins’ Nathan Thompson, just past the midway point in the second half.

It left Colchester to play the remaining 21 minutes of the game with only ten men at the County Ground, as the U’s claimed a good away point.

The game survived two pitch inspections, after strong winds and heavy rain swept into the Wiltshire area in the hours before the match.

Referee Darren Sheldrake passed the surface fit for play but in truth the severe conditions made it highly difficult for both sets of players to produce any kind of spectacle, as showed in the first half.

Although Colchester had their moments in attack, it was Swindon who looked the most dangerous side in the opening 45 minutes.

Midway through the first half, Alex Pritchard’s rasping shot forced goalkeeper Sam Walker to push the ball away for a corner after a breakdown in communication in the U’s midfield.

U’s skipper Brian Wilson almost put through his own net soon after as Swindon looked for an opener but the sides went in level at the break.

A similar pattern ensued in the second half, with the U’s struggling to get out of their own half in the minutes that immediately followed half-time.

But Colchester were left up against it when Watt was sent off, leaving the U’s to play the rest of the game with ten men.

They were forced to defend for long periods and Nathan Byrne came close to winning it for Swindon in the closing stages.

But the U's battled gamely and came away with a well-earned point.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester’s game at Swindon, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.

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10:24pm Fri 14 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

'We are going to attack' said Joe 'that's where our strength is'. The final statistics said we only had one shot on goal and none on target. Having said that great credit to the ten men after Watt was sent off. I personally thought Sanchez should have been replaced by Sears as he was never really in the game but instead Joe replaced Vose with Sears. Watt's sending off was more to do with him being frustrated by his own performance rather than though anything else in my opinion.
'We are going to attack' said Joe 'that's where our strength is'. The final statistics said we only had one shot on goal and none on target. Having said that great credit to the ten men after Watt was sent off. I personally thought Sanchez should have been replaced by Sears as he was never really in the game but instead Joe replaced Vose with Sears. Watt's sending off was more to do with him being frustrated by his own performance rather than though anything else in my opinion. BlueandWhiteBaz
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10:39pm Fri 14 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

Didn't go tonight so will leave it mainly to those that did. Draw away at Swindon is a fmgoid result minus watt I'd really good, all in all we'll done. Needs a result at home to make up for it thou!
Didn't go tonight so will leave it mainly to those that did. Draw away at Swindon is a fmgoid result minus watt I'd really good, all in all we'll done. Needs a result at home to make up for it thou! angryman!!!
  • Score: 5

12:35am Sat 15 Feb 14

Boris says...

angryman!!! wrote:
Didn't go tonight so will leave it mainly to those that did. Draw away at Swindon is a fmgoid result minus watt I'd really good, all in all we'll done. Needs a result at home to make up for it thou!
Let's hope the WHCS pitch is playable for the PNE game.
[quote][p][bold]angryman!!![/bold] wrote: Didn't go tonight so will leave it mainly to those that did. Draw away at Swindon is a fmgoid result minus watt I'd really good, all in all we'll done. Needs a result at home to make up for it thou![/p][/quote]Let's hope the WHCS pitch is playable for the PNE game. Boris
  • Score: 3

10:12am Sat 15 Feb 14

crazy comments says...

Any point that you can get away from home you have to be happy with. Good result in my opinion,
Any point that you can get away from home you have to be happy with. Good result in my opinion, crazy comments
  • Score: 4

10:12am Sat 15 Feb 14

crazy comments says...

Any point that you can get away from home you have to be happy with. Good result in my opinion,
Any point that you can get away from home you have to be happy with. Good result in my opinion, crazy comments
  • Score: 2

11:23am Sat 15 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

Good point only if your winning your home games
Good point only if your winning your home games angryman!!!
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Sat 15 Feb 14

crazy comments says...

angryman!!! wrote:
Good point only if your winning your home games
I agree with you on that.
[quote][p][bold]angryman!!![/bold] wrote: Good point only if your winning your home games[/p][/quote]I agree with you on that. crazy comments
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11:33am Sun 16 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

That's the whole point, we don't win enough at home when the onus is on us to attack. Let's face it we are a long way off from making the WHCS a fortress.
That's the whole point, we don't win enough at home when the onus is on us to attack. Let's face it we are a long way off from making the WHCS a fortress. BlueandWhiteBaz
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