Ray Crawford: ‘Colchester need to re-group’ - Accrington Stanley v Colchester United (Saturday 3pm) - Preview

By Brian Jeeves in Football

By Brian Jeeves

ONE-TIME Colchester United striker, Ray Crawford, admitted he hadn’t seen Tuesday’s defeat at the hands of Crawley Town coming.

The U’s travel to Accrington Stanley looking for an immediate response on Saturday. Speaking to Yellow Sports ahead of the trip to east Lancashire, Crawford said: “Colchester shipped a couple of sloppy goals. Theses things happen, we all knew that the run couldn’t go on forever. They just need to get it out of their system, regroup and move on.

“I know Colchester were missing several experienced players due to injury, which meant a lot of younger lads were drafted in. They will need as many minutes at this level as possible to adjust from under 21’s football. The experience will have been good for some of them, but they need to learn fast.”

Crawford felt confident that Colchester could bounce back at the Crown Ground, adding: “Accrington are a decent side and picked up a useful point from an incredible 4-4 draw at Mansfield Town on Tuesday. However, that aside, goals have been a rare commodity for them. They will certainly be looking to take advantage of the U’s injury problems at the back.

“Colchester still created a number of chances against Crawley. On another night, they take a few of them and still win the game. That will be the positive they take into this one.”

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