Confident Colchester impress Crawford

Cambridge United v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – The Abbey Stadium – Tuesday 7:45pm – Preview

Eight points from a possible twelve, decent performances on the road and a place amongst the contenders for a Sky Bet League Two play-off berth. Life isn’t too bad for supporters of Colchester United just now and Ray Crawford is no exception.

The former U’s frontman has been impressed with Steve Ball’s men of late and he believes they are more than capable of continuing that particular sequence when they visit a Cambridge United side that has lost their mojo of late.

“I’m looking forward to every game at the moment,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“I was confident the team would recover after Exeter and they have done that. It’s now a case of harnessing this consistency and remaining in touch with the chasing pack.”

The U’s face a Cambridge side that has lost three on the bounce and hasn’t won in five league outings: “We need to make the most of the opportunity because they have already shown what a good side they are,” Crawford continued.

“At the moment, we probably head there as favourites. It’s a game we can win – I think we will take something from the game. But we must be mindful that you don’t just become a bad side overnight. Cambridge will pull out all the stops to rediscover their early-season form.

“But football is about now. We are the in-form team, we must play on the front foot and dictate the pattern of the game.

“Out immediate games are very winnable. It’s now down up to the squad to prove our promotion credentials.”

Crawford offered special praise to Luke Norris, whose strike earned the U’s a share of the spoils at Port Vale last time out: “He’s had to be patient for opportunities and has responded magnificently, giving the manager plenty to think about.

“It would have been very easy for Luke to hide or sulk what with sitting on the bench so often. I think he has shown everyone that he’s a bigger character than that.

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Cambridge United 1-1 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Cambridge United 1-2 Colchester United

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