COLCHESTER United head coach Hayden Mullins has urged his side to build on their impressive win over Harrogate Town.

The U's chalked up their first win in five in League Two this afternoon, thanks to substitute Sylvester Jasper's late winner at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Colchester's win was their first home league triumph of the season and boss Mullins wants it to be a start of a good run.

Mullins said: "We've got to build on this and gain some real momentum.

"I think away from home we're OK as the form shows and it's at home where we really need to stamp our authority.

"At home, we've definitely got to find a way of putting teams on the back foot, whether it be with a pair up top and the way we play, that's the way we've got to do it.

“We knew we were coming up against a very good side.

“Harrogate have shown over the past couple of weeks that they’re a tough, tough side to break down and to beat.

“They scored six in their last game (against Scunthorpe) and we knew they were going to be a tough test.

“We went up against them and matched them and I thought from the beginning of the game, we were positive.


“We had a threat up there - the front two really gave us a really good platform.

"The energy we showed and the way we pressed was very good.

"We knew that they're a team that like to put a bit of pressure on you, from back to front.

"They wanted to go into (Luke) Armstrong and look to pick seconds up, so we knew that was coming.

"We knew that their full-backs like to press high and get space in behind for the counter-attacks.

"I didn't see it going the way it did go when we did score but I knew there would be a bit of space for us.

“I think the boys have been very good and focused the whole week."

Jasper came off the bench to bag Colchester's winner against Harrogate, supplying a sweet finish following Brendan Wiredu's excellent run from within his own half.

The Fulham loanee had hit the crossbar a few minutes earlier and made a difference after coming on, in what was a tight encounter.

“It was a fantastic goal to win it," said Mullins.

“The way we scored was a fantastic way to win a game.


“The run from Brendan (Wiredu) was brilliant and he’s got so much of that in his locker.

“He’s such an explosive player and when he does get going, he’s hard to stop.

“He found the pass for Sylv (Jasper) whose finish was excellent.

"Sylvester is a bright, young football player.

"It's been a real good week's work and it's tough to pick an XI when you have bright players like Sylv.

"It's a credit to him the way he keeps going and how bright he is.

"We just felt we needed something a bit different when Sylv came on.

"Noah has given us loads of energy and we know what we get off him but we just needed someone to take a chance almost.

"For Sylv to come on and score the winner was fantastic."