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Colchester 4-0 Wednesday

Colchester United
4 - 0

Layer Road

18/10/06 - 19:45

Attendance: 5,097


A four-star performance from newly-promoted Colchester United saw Wednesday fall to their biggest defeat of the season at Layer Road on a glum night for Paul Sturrock and his team on Wednesday.

The Owls looked to make the long trek to Colchester in a bid to kick-start their troublesome start to the season and carry on from Saturday's 2-1 victory over Barnsley at Hillsborough - but it seemed Halloween came a fortnight too early for Sturrock's men.

Sturrock made five changes to the side that beat rivals Barnsley at the weekend with Graham Coughlan passing a late fitness test to replace Tommy Spurr in the centre of defence while Burton O'Brien, Lee Bullen and Marcus Tudgay all came in to replace Glenn Whelen, Chris Brunt and Drew Talbot respectively.

The U's meanwhile, named the same outfield ten for the eight game in a row - a luxury the Owls boss would crave for. And the hosts made the brighter start to the game as Richard Garcia was given a striking chance on goal from Kevin Watson only to waste his opportunity.

Steve Maclean had the Owls first chance on goal but his low effort was easily saved by Davison after Iwelumo and Cureton had both gone close at the other end.

And Wednesday were presented with an even better chance minutes later as Greg Halford's attempted clearance landed at the feet of Yoann Folly but the Frenchman failed to keep his effort down and it went sailing over Davison's goal.

Colchester broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark as Halford launched a hopeful ball towards the penalty area and hitman Cureton nipped in behind Bougherra to lob Jones and net his 150th career goal to the delight of the home fans.

Half-time: Colchester United 1-0 Wednesday

Wednesday made the brighter start to the second half as they looked desperate to make an immediate impact after the break and level the scores - but it could have been the hosts who doubled their lead as Cureton again nipped in but Bougherra managed to scramble back and clear the ball off the line.

At the other end Marcus Tudgay almost took advantage of a rare mistake at the back for the U's as Davison spilled a Burton O'Brien cross and followed it up by clearing the danger for a corner as the former Derby man was about to pounce.

Yoann Folly also had a chance with a volley before Steve Maclean missed the chance of the match after a low Tudgay cross found the former Rangers man unmarked four yards out but he snatched at his shot and someone sent it over the bar and in to the U's fans.

The chance was to be the turning point of the match as the hosts went on to double their advantage and effectively secure the three points as Greg Halford fired an unstoppable long-range effort by Jones just before the hour mark.

And it got worse for Paul Sturrock's men five minutes later when Iwelumo latched onto Garcia's throughball and fired a low shot past Jones' outstretched right glove to make it 3-0 on the night.

Duguid rubbed salt in the wounds with a fourth-late on to leave Sturrock with much to ponder ahead of the vital clash with QPR at the weekend - and a long, long journey back up to South Yorkshire ahead.

Colchester: Davison; Halford (White 88), Brown, Baldwin, Barker; Garcia (McLeod 73), Izzet, Watson, Duguid; Iwelumo, Cureton (Guy 81). Subs: Gerken, Jackson.

Wednesday: Jones; Simek, Bougherra, Coughlan, Hills; Bullen (Lunt 63), Folly, O'Brien, Small; Tudgay (Talbot 63), MacLean (Burton 63). Subs: Adamson, Spurr.

Paul Sturrock told the official site:

'I feel let down and it's time for a change as far as the players are concerned.

'Several of them have come to the end of their tether at this football club. It's time for players who have had their sell-by date to be moved on very quickly and it's got to the stage where we've got to get some serious Championship players in.'

'The players should be apologetic too. I would like them to look in the mirror and be honest with themselves.'

Date:Wednesday October 18 2006
Time: 10:28PM


Dog s**t
19/10/2006 09:08:00
bullen, hills, o'brien, burton, jones all past their sell by date, not good enough to play for the mighty owls
19/10/2006 10:09:00
Why get rid of so many players ? We cannot afford to replace them. Get rid of Sturrock NOW, he has lost the dressing room, you only had to read inbetween the lines from JP on the radio last night to know he has lost the dressing room, once you loose the dressing room, you cannot stay. I notice Wednesday4Europe did not mention getting rid of Steve Maclean, how many goals has he contributed ? He is either not scoring or always injured, remember how we kept patching Hirsty up, hoping he would get back to old ways, and we all know it will never happen.
19/10/2006 10:17:00
19/10/2006 10:18:00
We can't afford to get rid of Sturrock either. How many times have we sacked managers in the past only to go on and get someone who still couldn't get it right? Sturrocks been our most successful manager in recent years so surely we must give him a chance. He's working with his hands tied behind his back.
19/10/2006 10:33:00
Look at our squad Welshowl. Do Burnley and Colchester really have a better squad ? Forget that day in May 2005, since then we have been awful for 18 months. He does not know how to play strikers, even at Plymouth his strikers very rarely scored, if our midfield are not scoring, we have no chance of surviving. we need passion, and never say die. Nigel Pearson still lives in Sheffield, I am quite sure he would not let players cross that line if they were not up for it. How can Sturrock not be blamed. He has spent last 2 months moaning about injuries, and when his players are back we will be OK, and now he has said those players are crap and he wants rid of them, so what is going on. Do we have to have 6 months of bad results while he tinkers with the squad. NO !!! GET RID NOW !!!
19/10/2006 10:55:00
passion without tactical nouse is a dangerous thing. Ask newcastle fans
19/10/2006 11:51:00
I agree with wednesday4eurpoe that a certain amount of tactical nouse is required, but we don't have Lampard & Gerard,a nd we are not in Champions league. Lets be honnest, look at the top half of our Division, there are not a lot of Tinkering tactical managers in there, and who would say no to having someone like Big Sam Alladyce here ?
19/10/2006 12:34:00
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