Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

Platt Puts Points Beyond Oldham - Report

Platt Puts Points Beyond Oldham - Report

Colchester U (1) 1 V Oldham (0) 0

Platt, 2

Saturday, March 7 2009 Boundary Park
Attendance: 4,591


Clive Platt`s effort sealed a win for Colchester United yesterday against Oldham after a very professional away-day display.

The first-half performance was hailed by one interviewee as the best-ever since Paul Lambert arrived in October. The Scot admitted that the team could have been four-nil up at the break.

Platt`s goal, his sixth of the season, came inside two minutes as a barnstorming start by United evoked their vintage smash-and-grab tactics of 2006/7 in the Championship.

"After the first-half, we should have been out of sight - we should have had four." Lambert told the BBC after the game. "It wouldn`t have flattered us, because I thought we were terrific."

By contrast, the opposing manager called his XI a "shambles." Oldham`s side featured former Premier League talents like on-loan striker, Dean Windass, Sean Gregan and Steve Kabba.

That Colchester have a double-header of home games to come against strugglers Crew Alexandria and then Swindon Town makes this win look timely, even if it is premature to say it could be a last-chance spring board toward the play-off positions.

The U`s made several changes to the side that drew against Huddersfield this week, with injury preventing midfielder Mark Yeates and Paul Reid from inclusion; Yeates was not even in the squad, for the first time this campaign.

Defender Chris Coyne and striker Steven Gillespie deputised, the latter handed his first start since January having spent the previous four matches on the bench. Ex-Oldham boys Marc Tierney and Scott Vernon also both featured in the game.

Platt`s solitary game-winner was because of his good reactions. The powerful striker claimed a stray back-pass from one-time Aston Villa defender Reuben Hazell to force an opener.

It was intended for Oldham goalkeeper, Greg Fleming, but instead the chance fell to Platt thanks to this mistake.

The side grew in confidence, and Hazell was again in action, this time for a positive reason - he managed to clear the ball off the line from Marc Tierney, while the home side weathered an onslaught from the lively United midfield. Simon Hackney, David Perkins and Kem Izzet all had opportunities to extend the lead. Steve Gillespie also hit the bar.

In the second half, Oldham improved. Mark Cousins palmed Kabba`s early effort away and the Latics also hit the post.

Another save from Cousins, who kept his place from the surprise selection this week after injury to Jimmy Walker, kept Colchester`s win intact, and United won a deserved three points.

U's: Cousins, Maybury, Coyne, Baldwin, Tierney, Hackney (Wordsworth 77), Perkins, Hammond, Izzet, Gillespie (Vernon 65), Platt (Wasiu 78).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, White.







VITAL COLCHESTER: LATEST NEWS

Skipper Understands U's Concerns

Fans Have Confidence In Gerken: Poll

Oldham Vs U's - Preview





We want to know YOUR thoughts...


VITAL COLCHESTER; YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE!


VITAL COLCHESTER IS 100% UNOFFICIAL - FOR THE FANS, BY THE FANS!






For the very latest League One odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Sunday March 8 2009
Time: 11:11AM

Comments

0
Great win, good to see Platt on the score sheet... Bring On Swindon!
StevieG Col U
08/03/2009 11:37:00
0
Great win, good to see Platt on the score sheet... Bring On Swindon!
StevieG Col U
08/03/2009 11:37:00
0
Great 3 points. Need a winning streak to reach the play offs.
KIPPAX
08/03/2009 14:42:00
0
Great 3 points. Need a winning streak to reach the play offs.
KIPPAX
08/03/2009 14:42:00
0
Sure do! Hope we win the next two games at home - then it's GAME ON!
Matt_Us
10/03/2009 15:18:00
0
Sure do! Hope we win the next two games at home - then it's GAME ON!
Matt_Us
10/03/2009 15:18:00
0
Yeah, starting against Swindon tonight.
StevieG Col U
10/03/2009 15:38:00
0
Yeah, starting against Swindon tonight.
StevieG Col U
10/03/2009 15:38:00
0
Another three points - maybe you can make the play-offs yet. Good luck.
Thaibluefan
11/03/2009 13:57:00
0
Another three points - maybe you can make the play-offs yet. Good luck.
Thaibluefan
11/03/2009 13:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

League Cup Draw Wednesday 1pm

Four hours after the Football League fixture list is revealed, the League Cup first round...

League Two Fixtures For 2016/17 Released Tomorrow

The coming League Two fixtures for the 2016/17 season will be announced early tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Colchester Fans To Travel 8,175 Miles In 2016/17

With the make up of League Two known for the coming 2016/17 season with the curtain drawn on the 2015/16 year and all Play Off winners announced, here is how far Colchester...

Football League - Fixture Day & 2016/17 Key Dates

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season, and the all important fixtures will be released on Wednesday June 22 at 9am.

Archived Vital Colchester Articles

Vital Colchester articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Colchester v Rochdale
Suggested By:
Colchester win0%
Rochdale win100%
Draw0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)