Kit makes his pitch for top job

COLCHESTER United caretaker manager Kit Symons revealed that he is yet to have an interview for the vacant post at the Essex club.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United caretaker manager Kit Symons revealed that he is yet to have an interview for the vacant post at the Essex club.

But Symons' own chances of succeeding Geraint Williams as the new boss were given a boost by last night's 1-0 win at Gillingham in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie.

“I'm really enjoying it and it's no secret that I would like to get the job long-term,” said Symons after Mark Yeates had grabbed the winner in Kent.

“I have not had an interview as yet, though I suppose in a way my interview is taking place as we go on, whatever that period of time will be.

“I'm convinced I can do a good job, given the time, though whether I get that time remains to be seen. All I can try and do is get as many good results as possible.

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“That's two wins and two defeats now, though it's a shame that the two defeats have come at home. If they had been away, then not so many eyebrows would have been raised.

“In my situation, I didn't want to make too many changes to the team, because I wanted to win the game. I needed that in my predicament. What will happen to me will happen.

“All wins are nice, but a win away home and a clean-sheet is particularly pleasing. It wasn't always pretty, but we showed resilience and a strong character.

“It was really tight in the first half, but I tweaked things a little at half-time and I thought we were better after that. I thought we deserved our win,” added Symons.

The U's caretaker boss also gave special mention to match-winner Yeates, and rookie keeper Mark Cousins, who kept his second clean-sheet in just two senior starts.

“Mark (Cousins) impressed. It was a near flawless display, so he will be keeping Dean Gerken on his toes.

“We closed out the game well after we scored. We didn't just sit back. We pressed them high up the pitch, and played with our heads as well as our hearts.”

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