COURTNEY Senior says his dazzling display against Newport County rates as one of his best in a Colchester United shirt.

The 21-year-old attacker was outstanding for the U’s in their 3-0 win, capping his 50th league appearance with an impressive individual performance and a fine long-range goal.

Senior said: “I thought I played well - it was definitely up there as one of my best games for Colchester.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence at the moment, with the three points and the goal.

“Even the Newport manager (Mike Flynn) came up to me and said ‘excellent’, so it’s always good to hear that.

“The gaffer (John McGreal) is really on me, which is good for me.

“But he also says enjoy it and when he says that, I think that’s when I play my best football.

“At the moment, I’ve got a lot of confidence, I’m playing with freedom and it’s showing on the pitch.

“I thought I had a lot more space - I’ve been working on my movement in training to receive the ball and I’m feeling positive.”

Senior netted Colchester's second goal in their victory over Newport, his sixth goal of the season.

And the former Brentford youngster revealed he has been told to shoot more during games - by his U's team-mates.

“The boys have said that I have to be a lot greedier," said Senior, who has made 37 appearances in all competitions for Colchester so far, this season.

“I kept shooting and scoring in training and the boys have told me to carry on doing that.

“In the first half, I took a few shots – a few were off target.

“I should have scored one where (Sammie) Szmodics put me through.

“But I made up for it with the second goal - when it opened up and I had a shot, I was so happy to score a goal."

Colchester got back to winning ways against Newport, to move back into the League Two play-off places.

Senior says they will be looking to build on the performance and win when they host fellow promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers, tomorrow night.

He added: “After the 3-0 loss against Swindon, we knew that we had to play well and bounce back and that’s what we did.

“It’s important to win the games against teams who are in and around you but we’re just taking it game by game and trying to win every game.

“We’ll try and take what we did against Newport into the Forest Green game and carry on pushing."