Colchester United v Exeter City – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
Another defeat, another agonising look over their collective shoulders from the Colchester United support.
The latest, the U’s seventh in a winless twelve-match run, has left them in twentieth place, with a ten-point cushion from those in the Sky Bet League Two dropzone.
But with those below them gradually chipping into that margin, Ray Crawford joined the ranks of the concerned U’s faithful: “I don’t know how we are going to put a stop to this run, but I know where it will end if we don’t,” he told Yellow Sport.
“I thought we’d shown improvement against Mansfield, but we’ve not been able to back that up, showing very little threat against a Crawley side who were on a bad run themselves.
“Confidence is clearly shot to pieces. What is the answer? A new manager or new faces in the squad? It’s apparent that we don’t have everybody singing from the same hymnbook and that is a problem in itself.
“We play Exeter and Forest Green this week. I don’t see us winning either game at the moment, although we could get a point at home. Finances were spoken about at the start of lockdown and I understand the clubs’ existence is most important. But while we have sunk like a stone, those clubs, along with the likes of Cambridge, Newport and Cheltenham – no bigger or better off than us – continue to challenge – why?”
Turning his attention to the U’s clash with the Grecians, Crawford added: “They are unbeaten in their last three and will be fresh following the postponement of last Saturday’s game with Grimsby.
“I’d imagine they are pretty confident having thrashed the U’s 6-1 earlier in the season too.
“The Colchester supporters want to see a team having a go, taking the game to the opposition and showing bravery and flair. We saw a glimpse of that against Mansfield but need to discover that positivity consistently and very quickly otherwise relegation is a real possibility for a club with the potential to be doing so much better.”
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 0-0 Exeter City
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 0-2 Exeter City