And why shouldn’t he!
When you’ve saved two penalties in as many games, technically three but one was retaken with him judged to have been ‘too far off his line’, to earn back-to-back wins for Colchester you rightly deserve the kind of praise Jamie Jones has come in for.
This has been the case with Tony Humes praising his performances for Colchester since arriving on loan with the U’s.
Jones, secured on a three-month loan from Preston earlier in the month, has helped the U’s to seven points from three-matches played against Chesterfield, Sheffield United and Gillingham since arriving.
However, it’s been his penalty saves against Sheffield United and Gillingham that have made the main difference with Humes praising his efforts to the BBC.
‘You can say he won the game for us. It gives the back four a lot of confidence with him doing that.
‘The more he saves the more pressure’s on the penalty-taker in games to come.
‘But it’s not just that part of his game; he’s very calm, he talks to the back four very well and I think he’s a great acquisition for us.’
Jones saved two Billy Sharp penalties against Sheffield United but one had to be retaken, with him beaten but the late save from Sharp against the Blades made sure Colchester won three-two at Bramall Lane with his save to deny Cody McDonald against Gillingham ensuring a two-one win over the Gills at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday.
It took until that Sheffield United win for Colchester to win, it’s now back-to-back wins and an unbeaten run developing but the U’s boss isn’t getting carried away.
He added confidence is growing and his new players starting to gel but knows there’s still ‘an awful long way to go’ yet.
‘We’re growing. We knew we had to bring players in and they take time to gel,’ he said.
‘Don’t get carried away with it because, like we said a few weeks ago when we only had three points, there’s an awful long way to go.
‘But it’s a nice feeling to get the first home win on the back of a fantastic win at Sheffield United. We’ll keep growing in confidence and if we dig in that way we’ll be a difficult side to play against this season.’
Jones Takes The Plaudits
And why shouldn’t he!