Crawford feeling the strain of U’s perilous situation

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

Unbeaten in five – Slipped into the bottom two – It’s difficult to know whether you’re coming or going if you are of a Colchester United persuasion right now.

The U’s took for points from a possible six over Easter but found themselves in the relegation zone due to the form of their chief rivals to avoid the drop, Sutton United.

Ray Crawford feels no different: “This is agonising,” he told Yellow Sport.

“Just when we start getting it right, so do the other teams around us. I’ve said all along that we can’t rely on anyone else and that has proved to be correct.

“Of course, it is still in our own hands with games in hand. But we have to win them and the next two matches are against Wrexham and Stockport – two of the top three.”

The former frontman continued: “We are a more structured side under Danny and Nicky Cowley. But we are lacking the ruthless streak, ironically provided by loanee Joe Taylor before the brothers took charge. 

“But we have to work with what we have. We have competed in every match since the Cowley’s were appointed. We have to believe we can get something from these two matches, and then win at least three of the others.

“Wrexham’s Hollywood image makes them the team everyone wants to beat. However, they have only lost ten of their forty-one matches so far, but that includes Tuesday’s trip to Doncaster. 

“Despite that, we are the underdogs, but then again, we seem to be most weeks. I think the management likes that scenario, although the situation we find ourselves in doesn’t really lift any of the pressure.

“Player for player, we all know that Wrexham and Stockport have the greater qualities. For us, it is all about matching them for effort, bottle and heart. Where we are now, that is all we can ask for and all the players can offer.”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 1-1 Wrexham 

Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 1-2 Wrexham 

Brian Jeeves