Omar Sowunmi returned to Colchester United's starting line-up

OMAR Sowunmi says he is ‘buzzing’ to be back in Colchester United’s starting line-up after shining on his return to the side.

The 24-year-old centre-back produced an impressive display after being recalled to the U’s side for their 2-1 win at Salford City.

Sowunmi’s start at Salford was only his fourth for Colchester in League Two since he joined them from Yeovil Town, last summer.

The Colchester-born defender has had to bide his time and wait for his opportunities this season but says he is glad to be back in the fold, after impressing alongside skipper Luke Prosser at Moor Lane.

Sowunmi said: “I’m buzzing to be back in the team.

“I’ve obviously waited patiently and my chance came – it was good to be out there again.

“I’d played an under-23 game at the start of the week (against Coventry) and it was good to get minutes in, which was all obviously building up for the weekend.”

Sowunmi played his part in helping Colchester get back to winning ways, following the disappointment of suffering back-to-back defeats.

The U’s lie sixth in the League Two table, after goals from Kwame Poku and Callum Harriott sealed them a notable away victory in difficult conditions.

“It was a massive three points for us, regardless of league position or anything like that,” said Sowunmi, who started his career at Ipswich Town.

“Winning any game is always important and that’s what we’re all always fighting for, three points in every game.

“They were two great goals for us from Kwame (Poku) and Cal (Harriott).

“But everyone played their part, from the strikers all the way back to Gerks (Dean Gerken) in goal.

“It was a war out there but we won it – it was a tough game.

“The conditions were terrible and the pitch wasn’t the best to say the least, with the wind and the rain.

“We’re all battlers here and even if the boys have got little niggles, they’ll still play through it if they can.”

Sowunmi made a number of key interceptions and blocks at Salford, including an excellent second-half clearance in his own six-yard box to deny Brandon Thomas-Asante what looked a certain goal.

Sowunmi added: “Moments like that are important and they come from building each other up and confidence within the team.”