U's unity can help survival fight says skipper Kem

Gazette: United - Colchester United skipper Kem Izzet believes there is an increased harmony within the U's squad. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO69249-05) United - Colchester United skipper Kem Izzet believes there is an increased harmony within the U's squad. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO69249-05)

Skipper Kem Izzet believes Colchester United’s new-found togetherness can help them beat the drop.

The U’s have dropped back into the League One relegation zone, following Oldham Athletic’s win over Stevenage.

Izzet has experienced at first hand what it is like to be involved in a relegation battle.

The long-serving U’s midfielder played 39 games for Colchester when they were relegated from the Championship, in 2008.

Now the 32-year-old is part of Joe Dunne’s new-look U’s squad battling to preserve their status, in the third tier.

Izzet says he has been encouraged by increased harmony in the U’s dressing room over recent weeks, following a number of squad changes in the transfer window.

And ahead of vital back-to-back home games, the experienced campaigner strongly feels that player solidarity is essential for any squad battling the drop.

Izzet said: “The main thing you need when you’re fighting relegation is togetherness.

“You also need to work hard, cut out mistakes and to score goals and I feel we’ve done all of that recently.

“The squad is a lot closer together now and it’s a pleasure to be in the dressing room again.

“It’s one unified group and everyone is together, both in training and in meetings."

See Thursday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including Duguid's Diary.

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2:24pm Thu 21 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Score goals??
Score goals?? wellnow
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8:09pm Thu 21 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

What's missing Kim is real passion and fight. Last night I witnessed exactly what that is.Southend showed me last night that if you want to win a game then you have to give it the all if you want to win. That they did, against a very good strong Orient team. They were aggresive in the tackle, fought for every single god dam ball as if their lives depended on it, and never stopped running. I'm still waiting to see that fully from Col utd this season. I dont believe in all the hard luck stories and fed up to the back teeth hearing how good the team spirit is. Ive worked with some horrible bast-rds in my lifetime, but if they done a good job what the hell did it matter otherwise. Being nice gets you nowhere.When the transfer window re opened in January,then I thought we might have a good chance of staying up. There was plenty of good experienced players around to help steady the ship, but for me to many youngsters were brought in at once,far to soon. What we really need is a younger Kim from a few years ago.Still hurry back Kim because we need battlers and fighters that will get stuck in.
What's missing Kim is real passion and fight. Last night I witnessed exactly what that is.Southend showed me last night that if you want to win a game then you have to give it the all if you want to win. That they did, against a very good strong Orient team. They were aggresive in the tackle, fought for every single god dam ball as if their lives depended on it, and never stopped running. I'm still waiting to see that fully from Col utd this season. I dont believe in all the hard luck stories and fed up to the back teeth hearing how good the team spirit is. Ive worked with some horrible bast-rds in my lifetime, but if they done a good job what the hell did it matter otherwise. Being nice gets you nowhere.When the transfer window re opened in January,then I thought we might have a good chance of staying up. There was plenty of good experienced players around to help steady the ship, but for me to many youngsters were brought in at once,far to soon. What we really need is a younger Kim from a few years ago.Still hurry back Kim because we need battlers and fighters that will get stuck in. crazy comments
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2:40pm Fri 22 Feb 13

totallyfootball says...

Says the bloke who spends more time injured than fit!
Says the bloke who spends more time injured than fit! totallyfootball
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