As 4-1 wins go, it was hardly convincing.
Nervous United could have been one down in the first minute, and Iain Turner made a good save to prevent Chris Porter making it 1-1.
Colchester had ten corners to our none, they had more shots overall and as many on target. All our shots on target went in.
I was half-joking when I said at the end of the match that we won because our superior individual quality came through, but that is actually what happened, especially with the second goal.
Another thing I said was that I thought we had signed the wrong Rochdale player: it should have been the gangly Jerseyan Peter Vincenti, who caused us all manner of problems coming in from the left and winning headers at the Lane.
Matt Done had got himself offside several times in the first half hour (let’s put it down to keenness) and chased the central defenders down without ever getting there in time, but suddenly he showed what he can do.
The lightning break started by Jamie Murphy and carried on by Bob Harris’s great pass gave Done a bit of space and time to think, which is often a bad thing.
But he sidefooted the ball slowly out of the reach of the keeper.
He showed equal finishing ability in the second half - it didn’t appear to us that he handled the ball first.
So United are back in the top six, but are nearer fifth form bottom than fourth from top.
Any team that wins three on the trot can think of the play-offs, and the converse is true.
Not long ago Rochdale were fifth, now they’re 12th, and Port Vale, once in the top six, are even lower.
Consistency is needed, and United haven’t been too good at that.