Crawford believes U’s are moving in the right direction

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Colchester United v Grimsby Town – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

Another point – A small step in the right direction…

Sure, Colchester United are still hovering hazardously above the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone, but they appear to have discovered a thick skin after displaying something of a soft underbelly on a far too regular basis.

Despite taking the lead at the Poundland Bescot Stadium, thanks to Frank Nouble’s early goal, Colchester were forced to settle for a share of the spoils with Walsall. Ray Crawford focused on the positives.

“We seem to be a lot more solid and playing with a little more confidence.” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.

“Counting the Papa John’s match, we are three unbeaten. I know we desperately need points on the board, but we look a lot more likely to start picking them up than we did several weeks ago.

“I know it is still a case of small steps. We haven’t turned into promotion contenders overnight. Far from it. But we do look like a team that has half a chance of climbing the table.

“I looked at the squad for the Walsall game. Skuse, Sears, Chilvers, Newby, Tchamadeu and Chesters were on a strong bench. We had a bit of strength in depth. We haven’t had those options for some time. We have footballers capable of changing the game.”

Grimsby Town come to the JobServe on Saturday, unbeaten since the opening day of the season and sitting two points outside the play-off places: “This will be a test of whether we have begun to evolve,” Crawford added.

“Grimsby are unbeaten in six matches, but they have found goals hard to come by in the league. I think we are more than a match for them and need to be targeting the game for three points.

“I’ve said from the start that we need to win our home games and this is no exception. there must now be a bit of belief in the dressing room. The players will be looking forward to the games. Sometimes, when things are not going well, you fear the matches and how the crowd are going to react. The league position doesn’t look great, but we have something to build on.

“We are creating a bit more but need to be a bit more ruthless. Everyone can see that. But there are signs of improvement and reasons for the fans to be a little more optimistic.”

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

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