U's youngsters share the spoils with Lions

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: On target - Freddie Ladapo scored Colchester United under-21s' second goal in their 2-2 draw with Millwall. On target - Freddie Ladapo scored Colchester United under-21s' second goal in their 2-2 draw with Millwall.

Colchester United drew 2-2 with Millwall at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, in their latest Under-21 Professional Development League game.

The U's fell behind in the third minute to Tobi Alabi's strike.

But Colchester were back on level terms just after the half hour through Jordan Sanderson, who slotted home after an enterprising run from Drey Wright.

Alex Gilbey cleared off the line for the U's just before half-time but the home side took the lead from the penalty spot just before the hour mark. 

Ben Coker was fouled in the area and Freddie Ladapo slotted home the resultant spot-kick.

But Aiden O'Brien earned the Lions a share of the spoils and the same player may have claimed all three points late on for the visitors when he missed a gilt-edged opportunity in the closing stages.

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10:12am Tue 11 Dec 12

Surb says...

Well done guys, at least there is one team that looks good. Maybe the senior team needs some of the youngsters in it.
Well done guys, at least there is one team that looks good. Maybe the senior team needs some of the youngsters in it. Surb

4:18pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Noah4x4 says...

After a terrible start, the youngsters got organised and played some lovely fluent passing football; dominating much of the game as regards possession. Did remind me of what Eastmond and Watt once brought to the First XI before their injuries.

But unfortunately, some were a little out-muscled and out jumped by Millwall and too often second best in 50/50 tackles. Hence, whilst we had loads of quality possession, it perhaps didn't deliver quite what it deserved. Super game to watch, and 2-2 a fair result, although loads of missed chances by both.

However, the only players that look physically strong enough for a possible immediate first team berth are the ones that we already know, and whom Joe Dunne is already blooding, like Drey Wright and Alex Gilby. However, Ben Coker, whom I believe was also deemed necessary of 'bulking up' did look stronger and hence is offering promise once again, and Jackson Ramm is one to watch.

In summary, I feel that we need to look to the transfer window rather than youth for any immediate solutions, but the future is definitely brighter. These lads will inevitably grow physically and mentally stronger.
After a terrible start, the youngsters got organised and played some lovely fluent passing football; dominating much of the game as regards possession. Did remind me of what Eastmond and Watt once brought to the First XI before their injuries. But unfortunately, some were a little out-muscled and out jumped by Millwall and too often second best in 50/50 tackles. Hence, whilst we had loads of quality possession, it perhaps didn't deliver quite what it deserved. Super game to watch, and 2-2 a fair result, although loads of missed chances by both. However, the only players that look physically strong enough for a possible immediate first team berth are the ones that we already know, and whom Joe Dunne is already blooding, like Drey Wright and Alex Gilby. However, Ben Coker, whom I believe was also deemed necessary of 'bulking up' did look stronger and hence is offering promise once again, and Jackson Ramm is one to watch. In summary, I feel that we need to look to the transfer window rather than youth for any immediate solutions, but the future is definitely brighter. These lads will inevitably grow physically and mentally stronger. Noah4x4

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