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U's lacked quality, admits boss Ward
Colchester United manager John Ward admitted his side lacked the necessary quality after watching them slump to a third successive defeat.
The U’s are now bottom of the League One table, following their 2-1 home loss at the hands of Doncaster Rovers this afternoon.
Colchester fell behind to David Cotterill’s fine third-minute strike.
And although Magnus Okuonghae equalised with a deflected shot on the half hour, an own goal by midfielder Andrew Bond handed Rovers all three points at the Weston Homes Community Stadium .
Ward said: “We’ve tried as hard as we can.
“In basic terms every player put their best effort in and I don’t think anybody shirked that, with the substitutes too.
“The whole squad has put their best efforts in to win the game.
“But we’ve conceded two exceptionally soft goals from our point of view.
“I know there’s no good time to do anything but we put ourselves in a position where we’ve been chasing the game for a large part of the match.
“We tried hard to do that but we want to be in a position where it’s a bit safer and better and we haven’t been able to do that in either penalty box.
“I thought we stood up and fought but at least the team went in at half-time level and with pride restored.
“We stood up well after the second goal went in against us too and I feel for my team a little bit because we’ve lacked a bit of quality – I accept that – but at the same time we had to chase the game.”
See Monday’s Gazette for a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester United ’s defeat to Doncaster Rovers.