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Striker left with mixed emotions after stalemate

18 August 2018

Striker Craig Davies was left with mixed emotions after his stunning strike was cancelled out by Sammie Szmodics' added-time equaliser, which ensured spoils were shared at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

The striker observed the majority of the game from the bench, but after entering the fray just shy of the hour mark, he made no mistake when giving his side the lead in the 81st minute.

However, it was bitter-sweet for the substitute as he watched the visiting side salvage a point with the last kick of the game.

“It’s nice to come on and get a goal but it feels a little bit like a kick in the teeth to concede in the fashion that we did late on,” said Davies.

“Especially after last week’s draw against Yeovil, I mean you only have to see what they did to Notts County last night, but today I felt we should have got all three points.

"It’s nice to come on and get a goal but it feels a little bit like a kick in the teeth to concede in the fashion that we did late on."

Craig Davies, striker



“I felt like they weren’t causing us massive problems and even when I came on it still felt that way. So, to concede like that is disappointing but we go again on Tuesday night.”

Davies netted his second league goal of the season in stupendous fashion – and felt frustrated that it did not turn out to be the match-winning strike.

“I knew I caught it sweet so when it hit the net I was happy.

“I wanted to try and get a right-footed shot off but an extra touch killed the angle, then it got blocked and it fell nicely onto my left.

“From that point onwards I thought it was either going to hit the top corner or the Pizza Hut behind the stand – luckily it went in the top corner” he stated.

The striker then added that he believes Colchester are a dangerous side – citing that a point may be crucial down the line.

“They [Colchester] are a good team and they’ll be up there at the end of the season. They’ve got some good players so I think it could prove to be a valuable point, but I feel at the moment because of the fashion of their equaliser it’s a little disappointing.

“Everybody’s disappointed – even the supporters are going to be disappointed – because we should have seen the game out but we’ll learn from that and make sure it doesn’t happen again later on in the season.”

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