Lennie's comments after Colchester disaster

Last updated : 20 April 2003 By Michael Morris

"That was the most disappointing performance since I have been at the Club and the first time we have lost two in a row."

"Theoretically we are still in it but we have made life very difficult for ourselves.

"To be fair to the players we lifted our game after their goal but when we got near their box we achieved nothing."

As regards substituting Gareth Ainsworth which was obviously not popular with the crowd, he added: "I just wanted to try something different and personally don't think his substitution had anything to do with the defeat.

"I must make changes for our final three matches and get confidence restored to the players. Somehow we must lose the fear factor.

"We are not enjoying any breaks but that is no excuse for making so many enforced errors and concentration is the key and our defence has let us down too many times.

"This is probably the worst performance since I came to the club."

Further to the comments made above Lennie also said

"I have to take it on the chin. If you pay your money you are entitled to your opinion."

Robert Earnshaw expressed his disappointment by saying

"We are devastated after Saturday's result.

"It was a bad, bad defeat. But I think we have to look forward. Crewe lost and the main thing is that it's still in our own hands.

"That's the lifeline we've got to look at. We've got to forget about this and carry on. But we know we let everyone down."

"If we win all our remaining games, we'll go up. It's as simple as that.

"It's going to be tough because we're up against three of the biggest sides in the league."