No margin for error over run-in

WITH just 15 points left to play for, Blues boss Jim Magilton has told his players there is no margin for error.After picking up just one point from the past two games Magilton believes they have to win all five remaining games, starting with Cardiff on Wednesday and Norwich on Sunday.

Derek Davis

WITH just 15 points left to play for, Blues boss Jim Magilton has told his players there is no margin for error.

After picking up just one point from the past two games Magilton believes they have to win all five remaining games, starting with Cardiff on Wednesday and Norwich on Sunday.

Magilton said: “This leaves us with a massive two home games and we have to win both. Wednesday against Cardiff is our game in hand and we must win.

“We have no more leeway, we can't afford to lose any more games we must win all five now.”

Even with the defeat Town stayed seventh while Colchester survive at least another week in the Championship, to Magilton's delight.

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He said: “I'm glad they survive at least another week. When they had the ball they moved it well. I'm glad for George (Williams) and his players. After what happened to them at West Brom it shows a lot of character to bounce back in the manner that they did.”

Magilton blamed shocking defending and scorned opportunities for his team's defeat.

Magilton said: “They were two shocking goals. It was like knife through butter. Defensively we were poor with the goals.

“The first goal was very poor from our point of view. That gave them confidence and a foothold in the game.

“We pressed in the second half and they hit us on the counter and again it was a poor goal for us to give away.”

The Blues did get the ball in the net but Danny Haynes was judged offside as he headed in an Alan Quinn cross.

Magilton added: “I felt we should have had a penalty when Alan Lee was brought down in the second half but you have to get on with it.”

“It happened quickly so I'm not sure but I thought Gavin Williams was onside on another occasion but it is a difficult job for linesmen as it happens so quickly but I also think they ball watch.”

Wastefulness in front of goal, mainly by Lee, cost them too.

Magilton said: “Colchester have not had a clean sheet all season yet they get one against us.

“We huffed and puffed all day. We had some very good chances but if you don't take them in a game like this it comes back to haunt you which it did today.

“They looked a bit nervy to start with and we started brightly with corners and half chances, while Alan Lee had a great chance.”