Stevenage striker Kurtis Guthrie on scoring against old club Colchester United: ‘I let the football do the talking, and they stopped talking’

PUBLISHED: 20:21 06 October 2018 | UPDATED: 20:37 06 October 2018

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal by gesturing to the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal by gesturing to the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage striker Kurtis Guthrie enjoys ‘silencing’ Colchester United after scoring in Boro’s 3-1 win over his former club.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in front of the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in front of the Colchester United fans in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The 25-year-old’s contract at the U’s was mutually terminated in April, and in his first match against his old side, he was jeered from the start.

However, Guthrie silenced them in the 44th minute, heading in an equaliser before running off with his finger to his lips and performing a knee-slide in front of the visitor’s dugout.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Boro went on to score two more in the second-half, with the Jersey-born forward assisting Emmanuel Sonupe for Boro’s third.

Speaking after the game, Guthrie said: “I let the football do the talking, and they (Colchester’s fans) soon stopped talking.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

“It silenced them which is nice.

“They should know by now, it (the jeering) fuels me. I love it.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

“I think we controlled the game and gave the fans exactly what they wanted to see. It was a great atmosphere and great result.”

The close-range header was Guthrie’s first in League Two for Stevenage, and he was delighted to get off the mark.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage brings the ball forward in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage brings the ball forward in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Guthrie added: “I’ve been chomping at the bit to get a start down the middle, that’s my preferred position, where I want to be playing.

“The gaffer rewarded me with that and I’d like to think I’ve repaid him.”

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage wins a corner off Tom Eastman of Colchester United in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage wins a corner off Tom Eastman of Colchester United in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Boss Dino Maamria added: “Kurtis was awesome today.

“He was determined to win the game and he did everything possible.”

Michael Timlin of Stevenage takes the camera of club photographer Jim Steele during celebrations of their third goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOMichael Timlin of Stevenage takes the camera of club photographer Jim Steele during celebrations of their third goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The pacey striker had to leave the pitch in injury-time, and Maamria said the striker had dislocated his shoulder.

However, Guthrie said: “It’s sore but it’s not enough to dampen my spirits today.”

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