Colchester United head coach John McGreal said Sammie Szmodics' wonderful winner at Barnet was worthy of winning any game.

Szmodics' magnificent strike with seven minutes remaining secured the U's a fine 1-0 win at the Hive, to make it five games unbeaten away from home in League Two for McGreal's side.

McGreal said: "It was a great goal.

"It's been a lot of frustration with Sam with his injuries but now he's put himself as our joint leading goalscorer and what a strike.

"It was a goal that could have won any game of football in whatever division and I'm really pleased for him, because it's been hard work for him to get back and we've had to look after him, over the last couple of games.

"We want to play him as much as we can as we know he's a threat and we're delighted for him."

Colchester had more than 600 supporters backing them at the Hive and boss McGreal said their backing made a big difference.

He said: "They've had to dig in with us for a while.

"Sam (Walker) made a couple of saves for us but I just sensed in the second half, we were getting in and around it and it was as though they were trying to pull the ball into the net.

"It gave the boys a hell of a lift and we gained that territory and huffing and puffing around it and then a bit of magic from Sam won it.

"I have to say "well done" to the fans especially after Tuesday night (at Southend United in the Checkatrade Trophy) where we didn't perform well and didn't have a shot on goal.

"For more than 600 of them to come today, I'm absolutely delighted for them and we got the win together, which is great."