U's play out battling draw with Millers

Essex County Standard: Unlucky - Sanchez Watt had a goal disallowed and also hit the bar in the U's draw with Rotherham United. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90942-08) Unlucky - Sanchez Watt had a goal disallowed and also hit the bar in the U's draw with Rotherham United. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90942-08)

Colchester United halted their losing run by playing out a battling 0-0 draw with in-form Rotherham United, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

David Wright volleyed a difficult chance onto the roof of the net, following Sanchez Watt’s deep cross to the far post.

But the biggest flashpoint of the half came ten minutes before the break when Watt tucked the ball into the vacant net, only for referee Brendan Malone to rule the effort out for a foul on Rotherham keeper Adam Collin.

It proved to be one of Malone’s meaningful last acts in the middle, as he departed minutes later with the earlier injury he had sustained and was replaced by fourth official, Essex’s Fred Graham.

Graham waved away Rotherham’s penalty appeals in the fourth minute of stoppage-time when Colchester defender Magnus Okuonghae appeared to shove Kieran Agard inside the area, prior to an even first half coming to an end.

Agard spectacularly volleyed over from Lee Frecklington’s cross in the minutes that immediately followed half-time and Haris Vuckic fired straight at U’s keeper Sam Walker, as the visitors warmed to the task.

Walker plucked Agard’s looping effort out of the air as it was heading towards the top corner and the U’s shot-stopper then made an ever better save minutes later to stop former Braintree Town striker Alex Revell’s low shot.

But midway through the second half, Watt was desperately unlucky to see his close-range shot crash against the crossbar, following Wright’s ball into the area.

Rotherham substitute Nicky Adams volleyed a good chance over from close range with 12 minutes to go but as the clock ticked down, the play ebbed and flowed and either side might have claimed the points but in the end, the spoils were shared.

For a full report and pictures, see Wednesday's Gazette.

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10:25pm Tue 4 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Good result, ok performance and shocking attendance.
Good result, ok performance and shocking attendance. angryman!!!
  • Score: 19

10:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

A great performance; albeit that tangible chances for both sides were limited. I reckon the U's just shaded it and were a little unlucky to have the 'goal' disallowed. Before the match; most U's fans would have taken a boring gritty 0-0 draw against this promotion chasing side that had scored ten in the last two games and are unbeaten since Xmas. Instead both sides were entertaining and each deserved a point.

Although the points daylight between the U's and the relegation zone remains slim; we still have 14 games to play; of which 9 are against teams in the bottom half of the table and 6 of these are at home. Hence most of our toughest fixtures are now behind us. We also still have two games in hand; and a far superior goal difference compared to those below us. Today's point was an important to consolidate our position and as a confidence boost for the games to come. Well done chaps.
A great performance; albeit that tangible chances for both sides were limited. I reckon the U's just shaded it and were a little unlucky to have the 'goal' disallowed. Before the match; most U's fans would have taken a boring gritty 0-0 draw against this promotion chasing side that had scored ten in the last two games and are unbeaten since Xmas. Instead both sides were entertaining and each deserved a point. Although the points daylight between the U's and the relegation zone remains slim; we still have 14 games to play; of which 9 are against teams in the bottom half of the table and 6 of these are at home. Hence most of our toughest fixtures are now behind us. We also still have two games in hand; and a far superior goal difference compared to those below us. Today's point was an important to consolidate our position and as a confidence boost for the games to come. Well done chaps. Noah4x4
  • Score: -23

11:22pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Medicated Soap says...

It’s a useful point from a dour performance which had zero entertainment value and left me searching for the neck brace. Ominously for the third time in six matches, we didn't manage to register a shot on target during the entire 90+ minutes. Beyond ridiculous! Also of concern was the dismal attendance: just over 2k U’s fans braved this dire borefest, which is a shocking turnout against one of the sides in the top six.

The U’s only escaped defeat this evening because the Rotherham strikers had an off day! Aside from Sanchez Watt clipping the outside of the post midway through the second half, we offered absolutely nothing as an attacking force and could be out there until 2015 and never find the back of the net.

In a game of few ‘highlights’ the referee made a hash of correctly ruling out a Sanchez Watt goal after Gavin Massey had blatantly fouled the Rotherham keeper, before being replaced by the fourth official through injury(?). Alex Revell should’ve given the Yorkshire men the three points put his effort too near Sam Walker.

Two points from eighteen is classic relegation form leaves which leaves us rock bottom of the current form table. IMO the next two home games against Coventry and Bradford will play a crucial role in determining whether we survive this season’s relegation battle or not.
It’s a useful point from a dour performance which had zero entertainment value and left me searching for the neck brace. Ominously for the third time in six matches, we didn't manage to register a shot on target during the entire 90+ minutes. Beyond ridiculous! Also of concern was the dismal attendance: just over 2k U’s fans braved this dire borefest, which is a shocking turnout against one of the sides in the top six. The U’s only escaped defeat this evening because the Rotherham strikers had an off day! Aside from Sanchez Watt clipping the outside of the post midway through the second half, we offered absolutely nothing as an attacking force and could be out there until 2015 and never find the back of the net. In a game of few ‘highlights’ the referee made a hash of correctly ruling out a Sanchez Watt goal after Gavin Massey had blatantly fouled the Rotherham keeper, before being replaced by the fourth official through injury(?). Alex Revell should’ve given the Yorkshire men the three points put his effort too near Sam Walker. Two points from eighteen is classic relegation form leaves which leaves us rock bottom of the current form table. IMO the next two home games against Coventry and Bradford will play a crucial role in determining whether we survive this season’s relegation battle or not. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 16

12:23am Wed 5 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

The attendances are not going to increase until there is something worth watching and something for the fans to cheer about.

Having been a U's supporter for over 45 years I just don't know when I have felt so despondent with the whole setup at the club and the direction we are heading, which is in the direction of League Two.

I just don't think Joe Dunne is the right man to get this team to gel, there is something missing and he is the only one watching that just can't see it.
The attendances are not going to increase until there is something worth watching and something for the fans to cheer about. Having been a U's supporter for over 45 years I just don't know when I have felt so despondent with the whole setup at the club and the direction we are heading, which is in the direction of League Two. I just don't think Joe Dunne is the right man to get this team to gel, there is something missing and he is the only one watching that just can't see it. West Stand United
  • Score: 17

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