COLCHESTER United head coach Steve Ball described his side's triumph over Leyton Orient as a 'mature tactical performance' following their 2-1 win this afternoon.

A brace from in-form Jevani Brown helped the U's to a fourth straight league home win, despite substitute Sam Ling's late consolation for the O's.

The win lifted Colchester up into the League Two play-off places and boss Ball was pleased with his side's display.

Ball said: “It was so nice to see a really mature tactical performance.

“I’ve just said to the players that coaches can give tactical information but it’s up to the players to execute it.

“We tweaked it a bit in the second half and we nullified them completely.

“Dean Gerken isn’t happy that we conceded late on and we were unnecessarily hanging on late on but I don’t think anyone can say that we didn’t deserve that win.

“It’s four league home wins in a row and five wins out of six at home in total, so it’s a good place to play for us.

“We’ve always enjoyed playing here and teams who come here tend to sit off us a little bit and fear us.

“We have to use that to our advantage but we have to turn that into our away form."

Brown has now scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, following his brace against the O's.

He gave Colchester a tenth-minute lead after latching onto Michael Folivi's pass to score.

And Brown then scored again with 18 minutes remaining, finishing neatly into the near post after Orient had not cleared a Courtney Senior effort.

The former Cambridge United forward has netted an impressive eight goals in his last four games and boss Ball was quick to praise his in-form marksman.

“JB took his goals well," added Ball.

“He’s such a confident boy Jevani and even through last year, he remained confident in his ability.

“He’s not the sort of kid to ever get his head down."