Sears - U's are on the up after Pompey win

Gazette: Spot on - Freddie Sears celebrates with George Porter after scoring a penalty for Colchester United in their 3-2 win over Portsmouth. Picture: WARREN PAGE Spot on - Freddie Sears celebrates with George Porter after scoring a penalty for Colchester United in their 3-2 win over Portsmouth. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Freddie Sears declared the only way is up for Colchester United after helping them claim back-to-back wins.

The in-form forward scored for the third successive match to help the U’s to a 3-2 triumph over fellow strugglers Portsmouth, at Fratton Park.

Colchester are now three points above the relegation zone in League One, after notching up successive wins for the first time since October.

Sears said: “It was a massive three points for us.

“This is the stage of the season where you need wins, to stay ahead of the teams in and around you.

“The win against Walsall the week before took a lot of pressure off our shoulders and the boys have been flying.

“The only way is up for us now, if we keep digging in and winning games."

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full match report, pictures and reaction to the U's win at Portsmouth, see Monday's Gazette.

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10:10am Mon 4 Feb 13

Surb says...

Well done Sears! Keep it up please.
Well done Sears! Keep it up please. Surb

10:27am Mon 4 Feb 13

TheCaptain says...

Highlights look good on TV. Come on boys get us to a nice safe mid table position. I didn't think the players were that bad just lacking confidence which appears to be back and the younger player seem to have the hunger to win.
Highlights look good on TV. Come on boys get us to a nice safe mid table position. I didn't think the players were that bad just lacking confidence which appears to be back and the younger player seem to have the hunger to win. TheCaptain

12:34pm Mon 4 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.
Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table. BlueandWhiteBaz

12:38pm Mon 4 Feb 13

TheCaptain says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.
Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.[/p][/quote]Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now. TheCaptain

1:27pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Surb says...

TheCaptain wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.
Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now.
I agree with "TheCaptain" the job David Wright is doing, is what we have needed. We haven't had a guy to control the midfield since Watson left. - I'm not saying David is a new watson just a guy that controls the midfield.
[quote][p][bold]TheCaptain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.[/p][/quote]Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now.[/p][/quote]I agree with "TheCaptain" the job David Wright is doing, is what we have needed. We haven't had a guy to control the midfield since Watson left. - I'm not saying David is a new watson just a guy that controls the midfield. Surb

2:11pm Mon 4 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

Surb wrote:
TheCaptain wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote: Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.
Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now.
I agree with "TheCaptain" the job David Wright is doing, is what we have needed. We haven't had a guy to control the midfield since Watson left. - I'm not saying David is a new watson just a guy that controls the midfield.
Sorry Captain and Surb to spoil your day,but David Wright is not a play maker. However I'm not condemming David Wright because he has added some vital experience to the defence. We once had David Fox who Lambert bought in, who was a play maker,but his stay was short lived. One thing is for certain, JD will know the kind of guy that fits the bill and hopefully that will be the Arsenal youngster Eastmond in the close season. It's obvious what Joe has planned by the way players are now going out off the exit door, so I still expect more welcome departures in the near future. Joe's skating on thin ice with this player movement,when in a relegation battle, but one I admire for having the guts to take a gamble. Next season will be the best team we have had for years that i'm sure off. Up the U's win or lose.
[quote][p][bold]Surb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheCaptain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.[/p][/quote]Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now.[/p][/quote]I agree with "TheCaptain" the job David Wright is doing, is what we have needed. We haven't had a guy to control the midfield since Watson left. - I'm not saying David is a new watson just a guy that controls the midfield.[/p][/quote]Sorry Captain and Surb to spoil your day,but David Wright is not a play maker. However I'm not condemming David Wright because he has added some vital experience to the defence. We once had David Fox who Lambert bought in, who was a play maker,but his stay was short lived. One thing is for certain, JD will know the kind of guy that fits the bill and hopefully that will be the Arsenal youngster Eastmond in the close season. It's obvious what Joe has planned by the way players are now going out off the exit door, so I still expect more welcome departures in the near future. Joe's skating on thin ice with this player movement,when in a relegation battle, but one I admire for having the guts to take a gamble. Next season will be the best team we have had for years that i'm sure off. Up the U's win or lose. crazy comments

3:48pm Mon 4 Feb 13

TheCaptain says...

crazy comments wrote:
Surb wrote:
TheCaptain wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote: Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.
Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now.
I agree with "TheCaptain" the job David Wright is doing, is what we have needed. We haven't had a guy to control the midfield since Watson left. - I'm not saying David is a new watson just a guy that controls the midfield.
Sorry Captain and Surb to spoil your day,but David Wright is not a play maker. However I'm not condemming David Wright because he has added some vital experience to the defence. We once had David Fox who Lambert bought in, who was a play maker,but his stay was short lived. One thing is for certain, JD will know the kind of guy that fits the bill and hopefully that will be the Arsenal youngster Eastmond in the close season. It's obvious what Joe has planned by the way players are now going out off the exit door, so I still expect more welcome departures in the near future. Joe's skating on thin ice with this player movement,when in a relegation battle, but one I admire for having the guts to take a gamble. Next season will be the best team we have had for years that i'm sure off. Up the U's win or lose.
I don't know much about Wright, perhaps I was just hoping he was the man. The midfield looked better though with him last week.

The other midfielders recently that have gone on to better are Hammond and Jackson. Now if we still had them and Fox perhaps.......
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Surb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheCaptain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Undoutedly the last two games have been good confidence builders, but I still think the so called recovery is very fragile. We are still missing something in the centre of midfield when we are under the cosh. We don't have too many problems being able to win the ball, but we must stop the rot by promptly giving it back to the opposition. Still think we are two or three players short of having a team that can get us to midway in the table.[/p][/quote]Isn't that the job that David Wright has. Played 2 won 2. Perhaps we have the player now.[/p][/quote]I agree with "TheCaptain" the job David Wright is doing, is what we have needed. We haven't had a guy to control the midfield since Watson left. - I'm not saying David is a new watson just a guy that controls the midfield.[/p][/quote]Sorry Captain and Surb to spoil your day,but David Wright is not a play maker. However I'm not condemming David Wright because he has added some vital experience to the defence. We once had David Fox who Lambert bought in, who was a play maker,but his stay was short lived. One thing is for certain, JD will know the kind of guy that fits the bill and hopefully that will be the Arsenal youngster Eastmond in the close season. It's obvious what Joe has planned by the way players are now going out off the exit door, so I still expect more welcome departures in the near future. Joe's skating on thin ice with this player movement,when in a relegation battle, but one I admire for having the guts to take a gamble. Next season will be the best team we have had for years that i'm sure off. Up the U's win or lose.[/p][/quote]I don't know much about Wright, perhaps I was just hoping he was the man. The midfield looked better though with him last week. The other midfielders recently that have gone on to better are Hammond and Jackson. Now if we still had them and Fox perhaps....... TheCaptain

4:32pm Mon 4 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I didn't realize I had written a good discussion paper but so be it. Certainly I don't take anything away from David Wright and it wasn't my intention to point the finger at him specifically. What we need to avoid in our midfield is the push on the panic button when our opposition build up a head of steam. Someone who can keep their head, put a foot on the ball and retain possession. Certainly it looked like some of the younger element in our team paniced and too many passes ended up going astray and were picked up by the opposition in terms of both first and second balls. Hence, it caused wave after wave of attacks and if it had been a slightly more accomplished team than Portsmouth we wouldn't have come home with 3 points that's for sure.

Yes I appreciate the uphoria from getting two wins on the spin, but we also have to look at things realistically. If we can't keep possession when the heat gets turned up we will continue to lose many more games than we win, which we can ill afford. With no more easy games this season, it is still an issue to be concerned about both from my own perspective and, I would think, Joe Dunne's too..
I didn't realize I had written a good discussion paper but so be it. Certainly I don't take anything away from David Wright and it wasn't my intention to point the finger at him specifically. What we need to avoid in our midfield is the push on the panic button when our opposition build up a head of steam. Someone who can keep their head, put a foot on the ball and retain possession. Certainly it looked like some of the younger element in our team paniced and too many passes ended up going astray and were picked up by the opposition in terms of both first and second balls. Hence, it caused wave after wave of attacks and if it had been a slightly more accomplished team than Portsmouth we wouldn't have come home with 3 points that's for sure. Yes I appreciate the uphoria from getting two wins on the spin, but we also have to look at things realistically. If we can't keep possession when the heat gets turned up we will continue to lose many more games than we win, which we can ill afford. With no more easy games this season, it is still an issue to be concerned about both from my own perspective and, I would think, Joe Dunne's too.. BlueandWhiteBaz

6:08pm Mon 4 Feb 13

lollardknight says...

I think finally we have a squad who have something about them. Wright and Porter look great additions, with Jabo's strength and Sears with his pace and ability we look like we are going to score on every attack now. For the last few seasons with Izzet, Wordsworth and henderson we have lacked pace or skill, wordsworth would score a free kick every fifteen games or so but that was it. Now we seem to have a good all round squad, oh and a very good keeper too. Now lets beat swindon.
I think finally we have a squad who have something about them. Wright and Porter look great additions, with Jabo's strength and Sears with his pace and ability we look like we are going to score on every attack now. For the last few seasons with Izzet, Wordsworth and henderson we have lacked pace or skill, wordsworth would score a free kick every fifteen games or so but that was it. Now we seem to have a good all round squad, oh and a very good keeper too. Now lets beat swindon. lollardknight

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