Crawford calls for more fighting spirit from the U’s

Port Vale v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Vale Park – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

A whirlwind finale – A point salvaged – Sure, it was far from perfect, but Colchester United displayed enough spark in the final few minutes of Tuesday evening 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers to suggest they have a squad capable of far more than they are currently producing.

Noah Chilvers’ stunning late strike ensured the Sky Bet League Two dropzone remained at arms-length and former frontman, Ray Crawford wants to see the North Essex outfit build on the four points accumulated from the last two games.

“We are doing good things in flashes – It’s got to be consistent,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“We largely went through the motions again for most of the match. Sitting deep, creeping up the pitch, creating very little – It’s not good to watch and up until the final minutes, I think the supporters would probably agree.

“Colchester have to find a way to be more expansive, better to watch. The squad is far better than its league position is suggesting. I want to see them play with a little more bravery. It’s hardly evident at the moment.”

Colchester faces a tough trip to promotion-chasing Port Vale, before hosting another ambitious outfit, Sutton United next Tuesday and Crawford believes Hayden Mullins’ group should be firmly focused on a minimum of a further four points from the six on offer: “We need to be ambitious. The manager needs to be ambitious.

“Colchester seem to be on the back foot most of the time. There’s not a lot between the teams in this league. If we had a go at them, we would win more than our fair share with this team.

“Port Vale is a tough place to go. They fancy themselves for automatic promotion but have shown vulnerability defending and have conceded more goals than the U’s to date.

“If we can get something at Vale Park it will set us up nicely for the home game next week. Ambition has to come from within. I remain positive that this team can do a lot better and give the supporters something to shout about.”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Port Vale 1-1 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Port Vale 2-0 Colchester United

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