Crawford calls on U’s to find a way forward

Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Sunday, December 26 (3pm)

Sutton United v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Gander Green Lane – Wednesday, December 29 (7:45pm)

Crawley Town v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Broadfield Stadium – Saturday, January 1 (1pm)

Colchester United head into the busy festive period glancing nervously over their shoulder following another indifferent opening half of the season.

The U’s currently sit just six points above the dropzone and although former frontman, Ray Crawford is backing Hayden Mullins’ side to pull clear of the bottom two, he is concerned that the North Essex’s sides’ struggles are becoming accepted as normal by those with the club at heart.

“We appointed Hayden because we were in trouble towards the bottom of the league, but we’re not that much better off this time around,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“It concerns me because eventually, it will catch up with us and Colchester will be relegated from the league. At times, we have been superb, competing and taking points off teams towards the top of the table. But every time we appear to have turned it around, a negative result pops up and we struggle to rediscover any consistency.”

Crawford continued: “The three games over Christmas and the New Year are extremely difficult. Of course, I’ll back the boys to get through it positively. My heart will always rule my head where the U’s are concerned.

“But if we come through this period with nothing to show, then I fear the second half of the season will become another dogfight with every game a cup final.

“Orient and Sutton fancy their chances of promotion, while Crawley has already beaten us at the JobServe. I think the fans are already nervous. They are seeing the same old problems over and over. Colchester recruited several new faces this season, but the football is still often poor to watch. The supporters are frustrated, and I don’t blame them.

“We have a squad capable of getting out of trouble. They should be challenging in the top half of the table. But for whatever reason, we seem to be dogged with inconsistency. Unless that changes, we could be in for an uncomfortable few months, with our Football League status on the line, just as it was at times last season.”

Ray Crawford’s predictions;
Colchester United 1-0 Leyton Orient
Sutton United 1-1 Colchester United
Crawley Town 1-1 Colchester United

Jeevesie’s predictions;
Colchester United 1-2 Leyton Orient
Sutton United 2-0 Colchester United
Crawley Town 1-1 Colchester United

Brian Jeeves