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Colchester find a late leveller at the County Ground

Flynn reveals 'frustrating week' in market capped off by Town surrendering two points

Manager Michael Flynn bemoaned “probably my most frustrating week in terms of the window” after Swindon Town were pegged back late on against Colchester United.

Town saw key loan duo Dan Kemp and Jake Young recalled by their respective loan clubs last week, with midfielder Dawson Devoy brought in on loan from MK Dons.

Defender Williams Kokolo signed a contract extension with the club and Ricky Aguiar was recalled from his loan spell at non-league Worthing.

But Flynn revealed how the club was let down by deals late last week, ahead of their 2-2 draw with the U’s.

He told the club website: “We know we are short on numbers, it’s been probably my most frustrating week in terms of the window.

“We’ve agreed deals with players, with clubs. We’ve had one player who got injured after we agreed a deal, who would have started.

“We’ve had clubs change their mind on the 11th hour, so it’s been very, very frustrating but next week I’m hoping that we have three or four through the door.”

Town took the lead at the County Ground via a Charlie Austin Penalty on 18 minutes, after Udoka Godwin-Malife was brought down in the box.

A cross from the right then found the head of Austin, whose effort was turned in by Tom Brewitt to make it 2-0 just before the break.

Colchester’s Matt Jay then pulled one back with a glanced header ahead of half-time, before disaster struck for the hosts late on.

A corner from the right was not claimed by Swindon keeper Lewis Ward, allowing Bradley Ihionvien to snatch a stoppage-time leveller for the away side.

Giving his overall take on the game, Flynn said: “Frustrating. We showed we worked hard for each other. We stuck together, we put in a lot of fight but we lacked in quality  - especially in the second half.

“Ultimately, two set-plays we have conceded and individual errors, you get punished at this level.”

He added: “It’s not just the quality on the ball, it was the quality of the thought process. The last goal was… it was littered with mistakes. From our goal-kick to the two players running into each other, to the corner.

“Look, they are all easily avoided when we are switched on.

“We’ve got to learn because, like I said, individual errors at this level – you get punished.

“It’s been a tough week but I’m hoping that next week is a lot brighter. I am hoping for three or four through the door.”

(Picture: Rob Noyes)


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