Curle vows to keep fighting after early Colchester strikes sink Latics

Date published: 20 August 2021

Two early goals from Colchester proved enough to condemn Latics to a fourth defeat in their opening four League Two games.

Keith Curle's side continue to prop up the fourth tier table after another troubling reverse - one which ended with fans invading the pitch at the final whistle and venting their anger at the club's ownership.

"What can you do?" said Curle.

"We know we’re fighting for results at the wrong end of the table, but they’ll come.

“We’ve just got to get on with it and keep fighting.

“This is the horrible side of the job when you’re on a run of bad results, but I won’t walk away from it.

“I thought we deserved something from the game.

“I think they had three chances and scored two goals, we had three and didn’t score.

“I know we’re capable of turning fortunes around.

“I won’t be frightened of throwing a few teenagers onto the field.

“The likes of Harry Vaughan showed in the second half that they’re not phased – they won’t shy away from the situation.”

Colchester were two up after only 12 minutes at Boundary Park.

Freddie Sears slotted home a penalty after Brendan Wiredu had been bundled over by Davis Keillor-Dunn.

Noah Chilvers then drilled home an angled strike from 20 yards after pouncing on a loose ball.

Keillor-Dunn almost halved the deficit when he was thwarted by a smart save from Shamal George.

The U’s ‘keeper then denied the onrushing Hallam Hope, with Keillor-Dunn firing the rebound woefully over the top.

Hope saw a well-struck effort blocked after the restart, while at the other end Alan Judge swivelled before firing over from 18 yards.

With 17 minutes left Latics struck when Dylan Bahamboula volleyed home neatly after being teed up by sub Harry Vaughan.

Sub Cameron Coxe missed a couple of late chances for Colchester.

Some disgruntled Latics fans then spilled onto the pitch at full-time in a mini-protest at the club's owners.

Curle added: "I can understand the fans’ feelings, but it was just a few young kids running onto the pitch as far as I could see.

“I don’t believe there was any malice intended.

“They shouldn’t have been on there, of course, but that’s something for the safety stewards to look at.”

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