IN-FORM Jevani Brown took his goal tally into double figures – and then revealed he sees himself now as a centre-forward.

The Colchester United marksman bagged a brace in his side’s 2-1 triumph over Leyton Orient to make it 11 goals for the season and eight in his last four matches.

Brown has been playing as the U’s main forward this season under boss Steve Ball, having previously played the bulk of his career as a number ten.

And the prolific 26-year-old declared he now regards himself as a striker, rather than an attacking midfielder.

Brown said: “I’m a number nine – I’m not a number ten anymore!

“I’d played up front on quite a few occasions but before if you’d asked me what my favourite position was, I’d have said the number ten role.

“But this season, that’s changed.

“I’ve never started a season like this and I’m delighted with the 11 goals, so far.

“It could be more and it should be more but I’ll just take each game as they come.”

Brown scored twice in Colchester’s win over Orient, a victory which took them up into the League Two play-off positions.

“I’m delighted with the performance of the team and we got the three points, which is the main thing,” said the former Cambridge United forward.

“I should have got a hat-trick but I’ll take two.

“Mike (Folivi) has been brilliant since he’s come in and he’s someone I’ve connected with straight away.

“He was brilliant and got the assist for the first goal.

“I was calm in front of goal but that’s just how I live – I’ve very calm in general.

“I had a couple of other chances where I should have scored as well.

“The keeper has done well and I should have done better but you can’t let it stay on your mind, too much because if you do get another chance, you might end up missing it.

“You try to get over it as soon as possible.

“I’ll take the three points and move on and look forward to next week.”

Brown admitted he was disappointed to be substituted against Orient with five minutes remaining – preventing him from trying to complete his hat-trick.

But the forward insisted the main priority was securing three points for the U’s.

Brown added: “I wasn’t too happy (about being substituted) because I thought there may be another chance where I could get another hat-trick.

“But at the end of the day, the gaffer has taken me off and it’s his decision.

“I’m not really that bothered about it, just disappointed that I couldn’t get my hat-trick sooner.

“The gaffer did say to me after the game ‘well done’ and for me, it’s about getting the three points.”