Colchester United: Tony Humes hopeful side can escape drop

Tony Humes
Tony Humes was promoted to manager in September 2014 after Joe Dunne's departure

Colchester United manager Tony Humes is hopeful his side can upset the odds and beat two promotion hopefuls to secure their League One status.

The U's, two points off safety in 23rd place, face two home matches against fourth-placed Swindon on Tuesday and second-placed Preston on Sunday.

An 87th-minute Chris Porter penalty gave Colchester victory over Fleetwood to keep alive their survival hopes.

"If we win our final two matches we will get out of it," he told BBC Essex.

"We have said all along that it is about ourselves, what we do and it is in our hands. We have to go into Tuesday night's match with the belief that we can win.

"If you have not been through a relegation battle before you do not have any experience to fall back on but our players have been through it now and will be better of for it in the long run."

Gavin Massey
Gavin Massey scored his eighth goal of the season against Fleetwood on Saturday

Colchester were trailing 2-1 against Fleetwood on Saturday with 15 minutes remaining, before two goals in the last six minutes earned them a crucial three points.

Two more wins will mean they finish the season with 54 points while Crawley and Notts County who sit above them in the table can only achieve a maximum of 53 points.

And Humes believes the resilience his young team showed proves they have the ability to pull off an escape.

"There are a lot of young players out there and they are affected by knockbacks that happen out there but we recovered from the two goals that we conceded and kept going," he said.

"You always fear the worst but if you put your faith into the players and they are sticking together and keep going they will get something out of it and credit it to them they did."

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