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Salford City v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Peninsula Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
It was an unusually deflated Ray Crawford who spoke to Yellow Sport ahead of Colchester United’s Sky Bet League Two trip to Salford City on Saturday.
COVID concerns caused the late postponement of last weekend’s clash with Tranmere Rovers at the JobServe Community Stadium. Nevertheless, prior to that, the out of sorts U’s had slipped into midtable following a five-match winless sequence and coupled with the departure of striker, Luke Norris, Crawford saw very little to be optimistic about ahead of their trip to the North-West.
“I’ve got to be honest, I’m very frustrated and disappointed with what’s going on at Colchester at the moment,” the former frontman explained.
“Some people will look at the league table and think it’s ok because we are nowhere near the bottom. But look at the bigger picture. Quite a few of the teams below us are picking up points – even Southend, right at the bottom, are in better form than us.
“Unless we pick up, that gap will quickly close. We will be closer to the bottom than the top and losing is a hard habit to break.”
Crawford thought it was an odd decision to allow striker Norris to sign for Stevenage, particularly at a time when Colchester are finding goals hard to come by: “I don’t get it at all,” he added.
“His goals per game ratio for the club stood up reasonably well, especially as he spent so much time on the bench. I guess the manager must have a good reason. Whatever, Colchester need to find an adequate replacement because what we are seeing at the moment clearly isn’t good enough.
“I’ve seen it before. Complacency will see you slip into a relegation scrap pretty quickly. Current form would suggest Colchester don’t have the stomach for that.”
Crawford wasn’t convinced the U’s fortunes were about to immediately change either: “Salford have lost their last two, but to be honest, I think they are stronger than us both in terms of quality and mentality.
“It’s very unusual for me to predict a defeat and it pains me to do that, but I simply can’t see us getting anything.
“If that inspires the players to do something about it, my work here is done. But the fact remains, Colchester’s current form is worse than those at the bottom. That has to change, and quickly!”
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Salford City 1-0 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Salford City 2-1 Colchester United