Crawford’s concerns grow as U’s slip perilously close to the dropzone

Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview

It was another case of one tentative step forward and three back for Colchester United as Sky Bet League Two relegation rivals, Port Vale took the points at the JobServe, leaving the U’s support and Ray Crawford in a spin.

Back-to-back draws had set Colchester up nicely for this one. But with Vale snaffling the points thanks to Devante Rodney’s first-half strike and Barrow snatching a last-gasp winner against Crawley Town, teh U’s now appear to be in a head-to-head battle with bitter rivals Southend along with Grimsby Town to avoid the drop.

“There is very little to be positive about,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“I know that Callum Harriott and Kwame Pokub were missing, but the problem we have scoring goals stems back some time now. Scunthorpe’s late equaliser against Southend has given us a bit of slack, but we seem to beco0ming reliant on other results which is a dangerous game.

“It must be apparent to the owner that this isn’t good enough and hasn’t been for some time. The fans are up in arms – they’ve seen it all before and with lockdown having offered people a chance to reset their lives, I’d bet a fair few will not be returning anytime soon.

“Colchester still need to win at least two matches, which on the evidence of Saturday is going to be a tall order. We are in big trouble and I can’t see how we are going to turn it around with so few matches remaining?”

Colchester welcome Tranmere Rovers to the JobServe on Tuesday. The Birkenhead outfit looking a good bet for automatic promotion and almost nailed on for the play-offs.

“I was optimistic ahead of the Port Vale game but that has gone. I keep looking for a response from the team and it doesn’t materialise. I don’t see us doing much better in this one, but I’m trying to be positive with my prediction. If we are beaten again and Southend win their game with Walsall, we are inviting ourselves into a deadly game of Russian Roulette.”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 1-3 Tranmere Rovers

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Brian Jeeves

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