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Colchester United travel to Lamex Stadium for next game

25 January 2021

Steve Ball's Colchester United squad won't have long to dwell on their performance at Morecambe, where they were defeated 3-0, with a trip to Stevenage coming up on Tuesday evening.

Despite a promising first half from the U's, Ball's side trailed 1-0 at the break with Adam Phillips striking the opener just seconds before the half-time whistle blew. 

After hitting the woodwork twice in the first forty-five, Colchester United could count themselves unlukcy not to have taken the lead during the game, but further goals in the second half from Toumani Diagouraga and John O'Sullivan sent the three points the way of the hosts on Saturday afternoon. 

The players and staff will have to move on quickly from this game though, as their next game is coming up quickly, with a trip to Stevenage on Tuesday evening. 

Struggling Stevenage are sitting just above the relegation zone with twenty-one points from twenty-two games, Tuesday's opponents are only out of the bottom two on goal difference. 

Speaking ahead of the game, U's boss Steve Ball was looking at the game as an opportunity to turn around recent fortunes. 

"All I can say is to keep the faith, keep positive, we have loads of games coming up. We have another game on Tuesday night, let's hope we go there and get a win." - Steve Ball

"I know the fans are frustrated, they're frustrated, I'm frustrated. I'd say to any fan that watched the first half performance against Morecambe, that they saw a fluid, attacking team that looked confident, that had a game plan, that looked organised. 

"There has been a few times this year where we have lost and then had a blank week, which I didn't want. If ever I want a game, it's now. 

"The players were hurting after Morecambe, there was a bit of anger in there, disappointment and frustration, because we were the better side in the first half. We are going again, picking ourselves up, and getting prepared right for Tuesday."

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