Hull City 1 Colester United 1: Colchester buoyed by Jackson as Hull can only tread water

By Rory Squires
Monday 18 February 2008 01:00

Although Colchester are third from bottom in the Championship, they have now lost only once in seven games in 2008 and their manager, Geraint Williams, believes they do not have to fear anyone.

Colchester claimed a deserved draw away on Saturday to boost their survival bid. Johnnie Jackson opened the scoring for them before Fraizer Campbell equalised. Williams said: "It is to the credit of the players that, even though we find ourselves in this position in the league, they can still have such a positive attitude.

"We can go anywhere in this league, and as long as we impose ourselves on the contest, we can get something from the game. There's a fantastic atmosphere at the club. We're all in it together, but we know we have to keep picking up points between now and the end of the season."

Hull's manager, Phil Brown, had mixed feelings, saying: "We are still unbeaten in five games and nine points from five games is not a bad return, but we are disappointed to only get a point. It was a fair result. We were obviously looking for a win, but it was a sticky performance from us. We have no excuses, we weren't good enough.

"We have shown signs of progress and last season we would probably have lost that game, but we need to be winning games like that. I thought the script was written for Wayne Brown to score a late winner, but the goalkeeper pulled off a world-class save.

"We are still unbeaten in five games and nine points from five games is not a bad return, but we are disappointed to only get a point."

Brown hailed the performance of Campbell, who notched his eighth goal of the season. "His movement in the box is first class and the kid has more or less everything he needs to be a top-class striker."

Goals: Jackson (47) 0-1; Campbell (64) 1-1.

Hull (4-4-2): Myhill; Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Pedersen; France, Ashbee, Walton (Folan, 46), Barmby (Marney, 16); Campbell, Okocha. Substitutes not used: Tyler (gk), Doyle, Featherstone.

Colchester (4-4-2): Gerken; Ifil, Coyne, Virgo (Granville, 46), White; McLeod, Izzet, Duguid, Jackson; Vernon, Platt. Substitutes not used: Cousins (gk), Watson, Sheringham, Guttridge.

Referee: P Walton (Northamptonshire).

Booked: Hull Walton, Marney; Colchester McLeod.

Man of the match: Campbell.

Attendance: 15,664.

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