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One of the pleasing things about Saturday''s win was that three of the goals came from players pulling the ball back from beyond a full back. There is surely no better way to create chances then crosses, - the attackers can move faster and change direction to meet the ball, whereas defenders are back-pedalling, and even run the risk of an own goal.This was a marked contrast with the game at Bramall Lane, when we hardly ever got past defenders, - at best we were outisde but level with defenders who could probably block any cross or force a desperate centre. Even Hucks was reduced to going inside. It was great to see him going past the fullback and pulling back for Curo''s first goal.I suspect that Colchester''s fullbacks are far less strong in the tackle and with less pace, but it was still great to see our wide players, and even Fozzy, gettting beyond defenders and creating glorious opportunitites for strikers.We may not meet other teams as accommodating as the Us, who after all have conceded more goals than anyone else, but perhaps we have learned  that an astute pass to someone wide can put him beyond the fullback and in a very productive position.Well done City, and well done the three who got beyond the defence for the three goals!

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Failing to get behind defences so just playing the ball around in front of teams has been one of the failings of our season and the reason Cureton has had so few of the sort of chances he relishes.

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It was good to see Hucks absolutely skin a full back for pace and then pick out Cureton with a good cross, proper proper wing play. Hopefully he can produce a few more perfomances like that and justify he offer of a new contract!

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