HAYDEN Mullins felt his Colchester United's excellent win over high-flying Exeter City was their best of the season so far.

The U's were in fine form to end the Grecians' 20-match unbeaten run with an outstanding 3-1 triumph, at the JobServe Community Stadium.

First-half goals from Sylvester Jasper and Noah Chilvers set them on their way.

And although Padraig Amond pulled a goal back for the visitors just after the midway point in the second half, U's leading scorer Freddie Sears struck soon after to seal Colchester's fine win.

U's head coach Mullins said: "I'd say it was our best win of the season so far.

"If we'd have made it 4-1, it'd definitely have been that!

“We played really well at Stevenage and didn’t get the goals that we deserved.

“I think that was a better performance than it was tonight.

“We came up against a much better side in Exeter and we were clinical, which was very pleasing and it was a very good win.

“We were the better team for large periods against Stevenage and we got done with the penalty and took no points.

“We were solid in what we were doing and looked assured – we took our chances and scored some really good goals.

“Exeter had come off such a long unbeaten run and it was always going to be a tough game.

“They were always going to start strongly and try and be bright and attack the game.

"I’m sure they’d have looked at us and thought they could dominate us but the boys did everything we asked of them.”


Colchester were much the better team in the first half and deserved their two-goal lead.

And although Exeter improved in the second half, the U's contained their in-form visitors well to wrap up the win.

It was the first time that they have scored three goals at home for more than a year.

"We've got some really bright players," said Mullins.

"Sylv (Jasper) has got that and I've asked for Sylv to take a few more chances.

"I think he shot from a little bit too far out on Saturday (at Stevenage); he tried just too many outside the box.

"But tonight he has caught the goalkeeper kind of off guard with his shot.

"We then went 2-0 up and it's not as cagey.

"I asked the boys not to be cagey; we've got to be brave with 45 minutes left but there's always going to be an element of that, with a team chasing.

"We don't want to open it up too much so you kind of find yourself dropping off a little bit too much.


"It was a good finish by Noah.

"I thought it might have taken a little bit of a deflection but he hit it really well.

"It was a great ball in from Cameron (Coxe) and Noah's finished it really, really well.

"That set us up nicely and we knew we'd get chances on the counter attack.

"We thought about a shape change that we might have to go to which we did and it proved right and Freddie (Sears) gets himself a well-deserved goal, too.

"Exeter are a good side who have scored plenty of goals and have beaten a lot of good sides, this season.

"I'm happy that we've brought their run to an end and it shows our boys where we've been with our performances and results, up until this game.

"I think Scunthorpe, Sudbury, Ipswich away and I'd put Stevenage in that albeit the result and tonight and we've got to be really happy with our work tonight."