Colchester United 0 Scunthorpe United 0

Last updated : 20 December 2008 By Footymad Previewer
Colchester United are still finding it difficult to win at home, although they played well in this entertaining goalless draw against high-flying Scunthorpe United.

On another day the U's could have scored several goals but in the end they were frustrated by some below-par finishing.

Ironically, it was Scunthorpe that actually carved out the best two scoring opportunities of the afternoon. Both of them fell to striker Gary Hooper, one in either half, and on both counts he fluffed in front of goal.

He was clean through in the first half, only to completely miss his kick with just keeper Jimmy Walker to beat and, in the second half, he dragged a shot wide in another one-on-one situation.

But otherwise, Scunthorpe were content to soak up the pressure and defend in numbers.

Scott Vernon squandered the Colchester's best chance of the first half when he failed to connect cleanly with an empty goal beckoning, while main dangerman Mark Yeates warmed the hands of keeper Joe Murphy with a couple of long-range thunderbolts.

Colchester almost secured all three points in the last minute of normal time.

Man-of-the-match Dean Hammond, who played a fine captain's role in midfield, sent substitute Steven Gillespie free on goal with a superb throughball.

Gillespie, who has just returned from a hamstring injury, hit his shot well enough but it rolled agonisingly wide of the far post.

Colchester have, therefore won only two games at home since they moved to their new Community Stadium, from 12 starts.

It is Colchester's away record that is keeping them away from the relegation zone, and it will shortly only be a matter of time before their home form clicks into place.

Their manager Paul Lambert said after the draw: "We're on the right road and we aren't a million miles away from where we want to be.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't get all three points because I thought we were the better team."