Josh Thompson Praises U's Spirit
Josh Thompson bagged his first goal for the club to pull the U's back level in yesterday's 2-1 win at Bury, and he praised the team spirit in the U's dressing room after the game as being a key component in the revival this season.
Thompson made an impressive start to life with the U's after joining from Portsmouth, but after taking on the captain's armband the 22-year-old's form began to suffer and he found himself back out of the starting eleven.
However, an ankle injury picked up by Tom Eastman last weekend has given the former Celtic man his chance, and he bagged his first goal in U's colours yesterday as he powered home a header from a corner.
'It was about time I scored as I've had a few chances,' he told BBC Essex after the game. 'It was a great ball from Billy [Clifford] and you make your move. Every so often the ball comes straight at you so you just have to let it hit you and it goes in!'
The U's found themselves down to ten men after just four minutes of the first half when George Porter was dismissed for kicking out at Mark Carrington, but despite the onslaught of their hosts, Thompson believes his side felt comfortable throughout.
'The game was exactly how it looked, yet I think everyone felt comfortable that they wouldn't score. As strange as that sounds,' he reflected.
'We got lucky too, but if you work hard then you get that sometimes and we all felt that we would see it out. It would have left the fans on the edge of their seats I'm sure, but there's no better feeling than in that dressing room right now.
'Physically it was a shift and it's draining mentally, too. But it's good for the lads to get a rest now and three points under those circumstances makes it even sweeter.'
Following defeat at home to Scunthorpe, the U's were sliding ever closer to the trap door into League Two off the back of nine successive league defeats, but the turnaround since then has been remarkable.
Thompson held praise for the team spirit in the dressing room that Joe Dunne has built, and it is something that has been raised elsewhere with Billy Clifford also praising the 'personalities and characters' that Dunne has assembled.
The U's have picked up twenty points from the twelve games since that defeat to Scunthorpe, and brings cause for optimism when next season arrives should safety be reached any time soon.
Thompson continued: 'I don't think that the team spirit has ever been in any doubt. To come off of that run of defeats that we had to get to how we're doing now, you can't do that without a good team spirit.
'I don't think it is any surprise that we've got through it now and all of the lads are brilliant.
'We have quality in the team attacking so we believe that in any game, against any opposition, we will get chances to score. So even if we only have ten men, if we defend well we will still get chances.'
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