Ray Crawford: Colchester must now remain focused after cup euphoria

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Oldham Athletic v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Boundary Park (Saturday 3pm)

Oldham Athletic v Colchester United – Preview:

RAY CRAWFORD reflected upon a stellar week at Colchester United but has urged the players to remain focused when they return to Sky Bet League Two action at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

The U’s picked up their first league success last weekend – A Luke Norris penalty proving decisive as Northampton Town were beaten by a goal to nil at the JobServe Community Stadium.

The U’s then received national recognition after dispatching Premier League Crystal Palace from the Carabao Cup – 18-year-old Noah Chilvers dispatching the all-important kick as the north Essex side prevailed following a penalty shootout.

Uphoria reached a new level when Colchester was rewarded for that victory, receiving a home draw with Tottenham Hotspur in round-three. Nevertheless, with domestic points still a priority, Crawford believes a sound mindset is now required as his former club look to kick on.

“It’s been terrific this week, I’ve loved every minute of it,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“The win over Northampton was massively important, especially along with a clean sheet. But to win the cup tie at Selhurst Park was beyond our wildest dreams. It was great seeing the picture of the supporters celebrating and now they have more to look forward to with Spurs coming.

“Having taken all that in, its a case if back down to earth in the league. With all due respect to Oldham, they won’t be the first team on the minds of the fans just now. But it’s important John McGreal initials into the players a different attitude.

“They too picked up their first league win of the season last week – beating Cambridge on their travels. In many ways, this match could prove to be more difficult for Colchester because they have to lift themselves again.”

Crawford continued: “Boundary Park is a tough place to go in this division. Colchester needs to replicate their recent defensive improvement to take anything.

“The manager has brought in Theo Robinson and Freddie Hinds to boost the attack. Both will be keen to impress during their loan spell – I think we go to Oldham in a good place.

“After we beat Leeds in 1971, out league form initially picked up and we looked on course for promotion from the Fourth Division. However, towards the end of the season – perhaps the cup run had taken the wind out of our sails – I remember us losing 4-0 at Oldham. It was a bad day at the office and we went on to miss out on promotion by two points.

“Hopefully, this Colchester team will enjoy a better trip to the north-west. There’s plenty to do ahead of Tottenham – and that starts this Saturday.”

Oldham Athletic v Colchester United – Head to head:

Oldham Athletic won: 15

Drawn: 20

Colchester United won: 13

Oldham Athletic v Colchester United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

February 14, 2015 – Sky Bet League One

Oldham Athletic 0-1 Colchester United

August 18, 2015 – Sky Bet League One

Colchester United 0-0 Oldham Athletic

January 2, 2016 – Sky Bet League One

Oldham Athletic 1-1 Colchester United

September 22, 2018 – Sky Bet League Two

Oldham Athletic 3-3 Colchester United

April 6, 2019 – Sky Bet League Two

Colchester United 0-2 Oldham Athletic

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Oldham Athletic 1-1 Colchester United

Jeevesie’s prediction: Oldham Athletic 0-1 Colchester United 

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Brian Jeeves

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