Colchester United manager John McGreal admitted that he was delighted with the attacking performance from his side as they defeated Grimsby Town 1-0 at the JobServe Community Stadium to continue their hopes of achieving a play-off place in Sky Bet League Two.

Striker Frank Nouble netted the only goal in the first half as the home side dominated the match without  being put under any real pressure by opponents Grimsby Town.

The U’s created 18 shots on goal while nine of those efforts required intervention from visiting keeper James McKeown. After the match, United boss McGreal hailed his side’s attacking display as ‘excellent’.

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“I thought we were excellent” said McGreal when speaking to The72 after the match.

“I thought we were outstanding. The defending was minimal but we had to deal with the diagonal ball which is what they do to the lads up top.

“Some of the attacking play was breathtaking, we had 18 or 19 shots with 10 or 11 on target.

“The only downside was we only got one goal to show for it which is a bit or a sore point but we got the three points which is all that counts.”

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The victory, combined with Exeter City’s 3-1 home defeat to Crawley Town earlier in the day has allowed Colchester United to close the gap between themselves and the play-off places to just two points, which was another thing which pleased their manager.

Speaking about the situation which his side find themselves in, McGreal added “I think that was one of our most important games of the season.

“After what has gone on over the last couple of weeks and also knowing that Exeter had played before us, we know that there is one place up for grabs.

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“We’ve broken it down into a four game season. We can’t affect what goes on elsewhere but we are reliant upon the results on elsewhere.

“It’s going to be interesting but with the pressure that has come this week, just look at the performance. The problem is that now we are going to have to go and replicate it.”

Colchester United travel to relegation-threatened Yeovil Town on Easter Monday as they look to keep up the heat on both seventh-placed Exeter City and eighth-placed Carlisle United in the race for a play-off place.


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