Stats – Colchester game

Saturday, 26 August 2000, 0:00
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Swansea City 0 Colchester United 2 Scorer: Lua Lua 15, 83 Attendance: 6257 Formation (4-4-2): Freestone Howard, Bound, Smith, Jones Coates, Cusack, Jenkins, Price Watkin, Mutton Player Ratings: Freestone 6 – Beaten four times in total, three times by Lua Lua, two of them goals. Both Lua Lua and Lock hit the woodwork. Looked shaky at times, not as in control as usual. Jones 6 – Couldn’t cope with Lua Lua, but who can blame him. Almost surrendered in the second half. Howard 5 – Poor game, absent without leave for the first goal and generally didn’t defend well enough. Smith 6 – Also tried to contain Lua Lua – and failed. Bound 7 – A generous seven, but he did clear the ball away when put in some shocking situations by his fellow players. Cusack 7 – Battled to try to regain control of midfield, but didn’t manage it. Man of the Match but that’s no compliment. Jenkins 6 – Contributed to Cusack’s problems by not controlling his midfield patch enough. Looked more comfortable on the wing versus West Brom on Tuesday. Price 6 – Had a couple of decent chances but again did not put them away. Needs to hit form more often. Coates 4 – Oh dear. A performance that should be cut out by the censors on Soccer Sunday this week. The laughable “invisible man” free kick incident was the low point of a very, very low day for Coatesy. Watkin 6 – Not much he could do today, his strength his playing it on for others around him. Trouble was, those around him were not at the races. Mutton 5 – Unfortunately, not what was hoped. A rare chance to show what he could do from the start, but proved out of his depth. A member of the Walter Boyd school of jumping for headers. Subs: Thomas 6 (Howard 50) – On for nearly a whole half, didn’t do much. Casey 6 (Coates 55) – Better than Coates (surprise!) but would have stood out as being disappointing had the team played well today. Roberts 6 (Mutton 70) – Not the saviour that the North Bank’s chants suggested he would be. A six his perhaps cruel given we hardly saw him today, but hey, after watching that game, I’m not in a giving mood.

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