Ray Crawford: Colchester must ride on this wave of positivity

Colchester United v Stevenage – JobServe Community Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm

Colchester United v Stevenage – Preview:

RAY CRAWFORD thought Colchester United’s trip to Macclesfield Town had served as a reality check but believed the club is in a great position to turn this season into something very special.

Theo Robinson’s goal cancelled out Emmanuel Osadebe’s opener for the Silkmen to earn the U’s a share of the Sky Bet League Two spoils at Moss Rose – a result, of the back of knocking Tottenham Hotspur out of the Carabao Cup – might be seen by some as frustrating. Nevertheless, Crawford though Colchester’s trip to the North West could plant the player’s feet back on the ground and springboard them on a run toward the promotion places.

Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of Saturday’s clash with bottom of the table Stevenage at the JobServe Community Stadium, Crawford said: “Colchester have got themselves notice with the Palace and Spurs games, plus they are going along reasonably well in the league. They now need to harness that positivity – that cone only be achieved if they push for promotion.

“No disrespect to Macclesfield, but it must have been difficult for everyone connected with Colchester to lift themselves after Spurs. But they will need to do that every week. Ultimately, we won’t win the Carabao Cup but we do have a genuine chance of promotion. The team need to focus on that – anything else is an added bonus.”

Looking ahead to the visit of Stevenage, Crawford added: “They are on the bottom without a win, everyone thinks Colchester will win – I think Colchester will win – but perhaps that makes this a more tricky fixture than usual?

“They haven’t won a game yet but drew with Cambridge United last week. They will win at some point and that will probably be sooner rather than later. However, Colchester has to ensure that doesn’t happen on Saturday.

“We need to be confident and fully focused. Luke Prosser and Tom Eastman have provided us with a solid platform at the back, both displaying leadership and taking responsibility. You can see that gradually rubbing off on the rest of them and that’s why there has been an improvement this season.

“As I said, I believe Colchester will win. Stevenage will try to keep it tight, perhaps spoil the game by stopping us from playing. The U’s might need to be patient and so will the crowd. But at this stage of the season, it is all about getting three points.

“The U’s are on the map what with their cup exploits. It’s time for the town to get behind them and the players to push on and get us back up into League One.”

Colchester United v Stevenage – Head to head:

Colchester United won: 7
Drawn: 2
Stevenage won: 3

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

April 8, 2017 – League Two
Colchester United 4-0 Stevenage

August 12, 2017 – League Two
Colchester United 1-1 Stevenage

March 24, 2018 – League Two
Stevenage 0-1 Colchester United

October 6, 2018 – League Two
Stevenage 3-1 Colchester United

December 26, 2018 – League Two
Colchester United 1-2 Stevenage

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 1-0 Stevenage
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 2-0 Stevenage


Brian Jeeves

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