Crawford calls on U’s to show their teeth

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

Ray Crawford would like to see Colchester United show a little more adventure and put to bed any Sky Bet League Two relegation fears when play-off contenders, Tranmere Rovers visit the Job Serve Community Stadium on Saturday.

The U’s were beaten 1-0 by league leaders, Forest Green Rovers on Monday evening. A disappointed Crawford believed it was a missed opportunity for Wayne Browne’s men.

“Apart from an early chance for Noah Chilvers, and Corie Andrews hit the post in the final stages, but that aside, I thought we showed them far too much respect.,” he told Yellow Sport.

“As daft as it sounds, at times it looked as if we were content to be 1-0 down and just stay in the game. Forest Green could have been three goals up at half-time. I wanted us to give them something to think about. It never really happened.

“I still think we will stay up, although we mustn’t get complacent. However, there seemed to be an acceptance that the performance was good enough. As I’ve said before, when standards lower, eventually it catches up with you.”

Looking ahead to Tranmere Rovers’ visit at the weekend, Crawford added: “They come here knowing they have a decent chance of getting automatic promotion. It will be a tough game.

“But their recent form includes two defeats and a draw amongst their last five matches. We need to show a bit more, be a bit more confident in our ability, get more players forward. This was lacking against Forest Green.

“We sprung forward as individuals. There was never anyone in support, which was a shame because a couple of times, Freddie Sears and Noah Chilvers dashed forward but were quickly crowded out.

“We had more than 6,000 people through the gates time out. We need a few of those to stick with it but they will want to be entertained. This is another home match. Another opportunity to show some ambition.

“The pressure on Tranmere is a little different to that on us. I think we will be safe with one or two wins, while they need every single point available to achieve the top three.

“A point wouldn’t be the end of the world and I think that is achievable. But we have to start setting our sights higher because at the moment it is a struggle to get excited about watching the U’s and expecting them to achieve anything.”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 0-0 Tranmere Rovers

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