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Ward praise for Cousins

19 August 2012

Colchester manager John Ward insisted he would have expected nothing less from Mark Cousins after the goalkeeper produced a series of stunning stops to deny Preston in a goalless draw at Deepdale.

Jeffrey Monakana was twice frustrated by Cousins while Nicky Wroe and Scott Laird were also denied by the U's stopper as both sides were forced to settle for a point.

"My goalkeeper has made two or three excellent saves - I kind of expect Mark to do that now but we perhaps didn't do enough at the other end to give ourselves a chance to win it," said Ward.

"In the main, the shots were from distance and I've got a goalkeeper who was up to it. I'm happy with the clean sheet.

"There's a really strong attitude in this team. We knew it was going to be a scrappy and competitive game."

Lilywhites manager Graham Westley is looking to bolster his firepower - with David Healy and Stuart Beavon the two names in the frame.

"We had five players who needed to go out of the door and we needed to get the finances and squad budget in order," he said.

"We've made no secret we've made a bid for Beavon, it's been turned down and the demands on the table are not what we're going to be able to meet.

"It's looking as though the distance between us and Wycombe is going to be hard to bridge.

"In terms of David Healy, I'm having a look and a chat with him and understanding the possibilities there because the last thing I want to do is make a decision that is bad for the club."

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