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Wilson: We have to put it right
9:56am Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
BRIAN Wilson has admitted Colchester United’s players owe it to their supporters to make amends for their dismal Dagenham defeat.
The ten-man U’s were dumped out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by their League Two opponents after losing 4-1 at Victoria Road on Tuesday night.
Wilson had given Colchester a half-time lead in the first-round tie with a superb free-kick to celebrate his appointment as club captain.
But things went badly wrong for the U’s in the second half, with the Daggers hitting back with four goals and Magnus Okuonghae sent off against his former club.
Wilson said it is up to Colchester’s players to respond quickly to the defeat, starting with their League One game against Coventry City on Sunday.
Wilson said: “There are no excuses and the lads are feeling it hard. “It’s down to us to make amends to the gaffer and the fans – the fans who came to support us at Dagenham were brilliant.
“I hold my hands up as a captain and I’m sure the other players will do that as well.
“Now it’s down to me and the other experienced players to lift the young lads and pull them through it.
“It’s down to us to put it right for Sunday, because it’s unacceptable.
“We made a brilliant start in the first half and I thought that we played some terrific stuff.
“But in the second half, we never really got going and the gaffer made it clear to us at full-time what his thoughts were.
“We had Magnus sent off but we still should have stayed strong.
“We did it at Hartlepool last season with ten men to get a draw and we should have seen the game out.
“But we didn’t and it’s very sloppy on our part, especially considering the start to the season that we’ve had.”
Colchester’s miserable night at Dagenham was compounded by the fact that they collected a number of injuries too. Gavin Massey and Clinton Morrison both suffered hamstring strains in the game, while Wilson picked up a calf knock.
They add to the injuries already being nursed by Sanchez Watt, Freddie Sears and Drey Wright, while Okuonghae is suspended.
“I picked my injury up in the first 15 minutes – I tried to play through it and it didn’t go,” said the experienced U’s right-back.
“I got a kick on the calf, but hopefully it’ll settle down in the next couple of days.
“We’ve got quite a few injuries at the moment but hopefully, we can get them right for Sunday.”
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