Crawford urges U’s to stand up and fight

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Ray Crawford took the positives from Colchester United’s Sky Bet League One draw at Sutton United but urged the U’s to stop getting bullied as they bid to pull clear of the relegation trap door.

Cameron McGeehan gave the U’s an early lead at the VBS Community Stadium. However, Sutton hit back through Charlie Lakin, and only a late penalty save from Owen Goodman from Harry Smith prevented Colchester from a damaging defeat. 

“It’s points dropped if you look at the first twenty minutes and a point gained if you look at the next seventy-odd,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.

“I guess when it’s 1-1 with ten minutes to go and you’ve had a penalty awarded against you, the result is largely positive. But we need to stop getting bullied by these sides. We need to stand up for ourselves a bit more.

“Sutton aren’t a good side, but they are physical and they battle. Too often, we came up short in trying to match them. I think, come the end of the season, Danny and Niucky will look to recruit a bit of physicality for the side, but in the meantime, we need to stand up to it.”

Crawford continued: “As I mentioned, it is probably a point gained in the great scheme of things, but with others picking up points, we remain in trouble. We desperately need to turn some of these draws into victories. Saying that we would have lost the majority of those matches before Danny and Nicky arrived.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s trip to Salford City, Crawford added: “Salford were heavily beaten by Mansfield at the weekend, but that game aside, they have picked up of late and have opened up a decent cushion from those below them.

“We need to pick something up because we have a tough run of games coming up and we down want to be drawn further into a three or four-way shootout.

“No doubt, the Cowley’s ultimate ambition is to put together a team capable of challenging for promotion. But for now, and for the remainder of this season, we need to kick, punch and scratch our way out of trouble. Whatever it takes, we need to learn how to do it, and fast!”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Salford City 1-1 Colchester United

Jeevesie’s prediction: Salford City 1-0 Colchester United


Brian Jeeves