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Report: Colchester United Under-23s 1 Blues Under-23s 2

“His (Andrews) general hold-up play has developed so much and he’s definitely added another dimension to his game.

Steve Spooner

Josh Andrews continued his blistering form in front of goal as Blues Under-23s came from behind to record a third successive victory on the road.

Steve Spooner’s side fell behind after just three minutes but two well-taken finishes, Andrew’s sixth and seventh of the season, helped the visitors turn the game on its head.

The powerful frontman converted a Marcel Oakley cross with a neat touch and finish to put Blues back on level terms inside the first five minutes.

But Andrews had to wait until the 85th minute to double his tally for the day, turning inside the U’s penalty area to create the half yard needed, before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

In truth, Blues should have been out of sight by the time Andrew’s struck home the late winner but were denied on countless occasions by a resolute Colchester ‘keeper.

It’s now seven goals in four outings for 19-year-old Andrews and Spooner was keen to highlight the improvements made by the Blues matchwinner.

“Everybody knows he’s a big lad but he’s really grown into his body this year,” Spooner noted. “We have to remember he’s still a young man but you can see he’s playing with more physicality.

“He’s not just tall, he’s got a real size about him. Now he’s punching his weight and using it correctly.

“When you’re that size people think you just go long into them but the way we play, trying to work the ball through the thirds and play through the lines, he’s had to adapt his game.

“And the one thing people underestimate about Josh is, he’s quick for a big lad. You get him on the gallop and he’s a real threat.

“It’s not just the 15-20 yard runs he makes, he’s now finding and working space for himself inside the box.

“We’ve spoken to him about the finer details, watching Jukey (Lukas Jutkiewicz) who uses his body well, backing into defenders and jumping early to hang up there.

“He’s thinking about all these things now and he’s getting his body between the centre-half and ball.

“His general hold-up play has developed so much and he’s definitely added another dimension to his game.”

Despite Andrews' brace, Spooner felt his side were lacking the necessary quality to put Colchester to the sword.

Blues dominated the second period and whilst they should have added to the scoreline, Spooner didn’t want it to detract from the positive pressing game carried out by his players.

“I thought it was a good team performance overall.” Spooner added. “We showed resilience when we needed to so that was really pleasing.

“It speaks for itself when over the course of two away games, we’ve scored five and conceded one, deflected goal.

“We know we have goals in the team but it’s about the other side of the game as well.

“Some of our passing was good, our patterns, our movement and rotation but we lacked that little bit of quality.

“We didn’t sustain enough pressure for long enough periods. Our counter attacking football had been good of late but we seemed to be lacking on a final pass and final decision.

“We created some really good goalscoring opportunities but from a defensive point of view, Mike Dodds and Danny Barham have done some good work with the players this week on pressing and it paid off a few times in the second half.

“We looked a real threat from set plays too, one was cleared off the line from another Andrews header so that was encouraging.”

Blues will be hoping to extend their unbeaten stretch on the road to five games when they face Barnsley on Tuesday 24 November.

Blues: Rouse, Oakley, Gordon, Redmond, Roberts (Noakes 65), Thompson-Sommers, Campbell, Hurst, Concannon (Miller 65), Fernandez, Andrews

Not Used: Soldevila, Sun

Goals: Andrews (x2)

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