Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

QPR V Colchester Match Report

QPR V Colchester Match Report

QPR (1) 1 Colchester (0) 0

Jones, 36

Loftus Road
Attendance: 11,319

Monday, 1st January 2007


These two sides met like ships in the night on New Year`s Day, at opposite ends of the table. Colchester United, however, failed to get anything from an encounter pitching them against a QPR side low on confidence, but high on personnel.

Instead of continuing to sail in opposing directions in the League, United hit the iceberg, having begun the game as slight favourites going into their fourth Championship clash in space of ten days.

West London side QPR, who took got all three points despite only scoring once, had lost seven of their last eight fixtures, failing to net more than a single goal in any of them. Colchester could also claim to be specialists at losing by an odd goal, particularly on the road, because of a poor tally of just two away wins so far this season.

QPR manager John Gregory had 35 first-team players from which to select his matchday squad of 16, while Colchester, whose already fragile squad was tested, lost skipper Karl Duguid to an injury before kick-off. The 28-year old midfielder had been expected to start, but withdrew after suspected headache complaints, thought to be related to the damaged eye he suffered at Preston on December 23rd.

As Colchester manager Geraint Williams highlighted in his programme notes on Boxing Day: "Christmas is a great time for families. For the professional footballer it is their busiest time of the year." The hectic schedule certainly told on this Colchester team, which had remained unchanged from the side that started against Wolverhampton.

A triangle of dangerous attackers in this game, Lee Cook, Dextor Blackstock and Ray Jones, were identified as opposing danger men, with Cook flashing a shot just wide after 18 minutes. The midfielder was a main protagonist, just as he had been for an out-of-sorts Rangers, in the corresponding fixture at Layer Road, three months ago.

Greg Halford, set to leave for pastures new within the next month, at first failed to deal with tricky winger Cook. The 22-yaer old did get the better of his marker 15 minutes later, by beating three QPR players to assist Jamie Cureton in the box, but his shot was blocked.

A few Colchester attempts, including an early blast from Richard Garcia, flew over the bar, before the home side broke the deadlock to go a goal up on thirty-six minutes. Physically imposing striker Ray Jones had fired a looping header past the otherwise excellent Dean Gerken, the latter of whom was responsible for denying Rangers several other opportunities to have taken the lead.

Gerken, also called into action when a shot hit the bar right after half-time, kept Colchester in a game that should already have been over by this point. QPR had been superior, and remained on top, until the seventy-minute mark, although their lack of confidence in front of goal, combined with some fine Gerken stops, gave Colchester a fighting chance of perhaps taking a point.

The young 'keeper has replaced regular stopper Aidan Davison between the sticks, after a run of good form, although he does owe the Northern Irish man some thanks. Davison, who delayed his desire to retire to America to prime his understudy, will now hang up his gloves at the end of the season.

The tide did begin to turn during the last quarter, and on-loan Hammer Hogan Ephraim impressed, after coming off the bench, playing with a precocious sense of youthful desire with every exertion of his pace on the ball. The attacking player doubled up as a central midfielder, also appearing on the left, then the right, hand side, and seemed the most likely to score or turn provider for the U`s.

But all this was too little too late from Colchester, whose opposition nullified the predatory threat of Chris Iwelumo and Jamie Cureton, by continually catching them offside, all afternoon.

Teams gunning for promotion would have seen off this QRP side with little trouble, and Colchester might have got something on another day, although 1-0 was a fair result in all. Now, the start of the first transfer window in 2007 threatens to open a new can of worms, as it provides the fist acid test of Robbie Cowling`s successful autumn takeover.

As Colchester fall unwillingly into the month of January, they wave goodbye to a 2006 that has arguably been the club`s most successful year of all time, in which the U`s secured a promotion to the Championship. Another few victories, and United will almost certainly be here to stay.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football


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

Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Tuesday January 2 2007
Time: 9:52AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
You can't win 'em all, we play QPR next.
Tigerphil
03/01/2007 15:26:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

Colchester - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will Colchester Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Wholescale League Changes For Colchester?

The Football League have confirmed that Colchester United have received a 'discussion document' that details proposed major changes to the make up of the game in this country.

A New Season - New Rules For Colchester

With the curtain almost drawn on the 2015/16 campaign, with a handful of Play Off games to go and most looking towards the European Championships in France...

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 Wigan 46 24 15 7 87 37
P Burton 46 25 10 11 85 20
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 84 22
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 81 24
5 Bradford 46 23 11 12 80 15
6 Barnsley 46 22 8 16 74 16
7 Scunthorpe 46 21 11 14 74 13
8 Coventry 46 19 12 15 69 18
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 69 15
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 7
11 Sheff Utd 46 18 12 16 66 5
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 65 -2
13 Peterborough 46 19 6 21 63 9
14 Bury 46 16 12 18 60 -17
15 Southend 46 16 11 19 59 -6
16 Swindon 46 16 11 19 59 -7
17 Oldham 46 12 18 16 54 -14
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 53 -12
19 Fleetwood 46 12 15 19 51 -4
20 Shrewsbury 46 13 11 22 50 -21
R Doncaster 46 11 13 22 46 -16
R Blackpool 46 12 10 24 46 -23
R Colchester 46 9 13 24 40 -42
R Crewe 46 7 13 26 34 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)