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Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview
Ray Crawford was relieved to see Colchester United snatch a share of the Sky Bet League Two spoils against fellow strugglers, Oldham Athletic, but remained alarmed that interim boss, Wayne Brown had suggested the relegation six-pointer wasn’t a must-win encounter for the North Essex side.
“I was gobsmacked,” the former U’s frontman told Yellow Sport.
“Colchester United are a professional football club. People are paying good money to watch them play. As a footballer or a manager, you owe it to them before yourself. League, cup, pre-season friendly? You play to win!
“When you are struggling towards the bottom of the table, you need everyone on side, particularly the supporters. Colchester has thirteen matches left this season. As far as I’m concerned, they are all must-win. And regardless of whether they are in League Two or the National League, next season, those games are all must-win as well!
“In saying that, Colchester battled back to get a point which could prove vital. We need leaders, we need bravery. We have two home matches this week. Four points from six will be the minimum requirement, although we must be targeting a clean sweep.”
The first of those important matches see Leyton Orient head to the JobServe Community Stadium. The East Londoners with relegation issues of their own to deal with following a winless run stretching back eleven matches.
“Orient are struggling for goals and appear to be out of luck, confidence and ideas. We beat them at Brisbane Road. Only another win will do, particularly with the two teams below us holding games in hand.
“Winning would see us go above them in the table. It’s not just a must-win, it’s a win at all costs!
“This is about bravery. Staring your teammates or the supporters in the eyes, able to say you’ve done your bit. We’ve got to admit that flirting with the wrong end of League Two has caught up with Colchester United. Collectively, those wearing the shirts owe it to the supporters to get the club out of this mess!”
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 2-0 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 1-0 Leyton Orient