Ray Crawford: I’m probably beginning to sound like an old broken record, moaning about missed opportunities

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

Colchester United v Macclesfield Town – Preview:

Once again, Ray Crawford was left critical of Colchester United’s frontmen after the North Essex side played out their fourth successive Sky Bet League Two draw.

This time it was struggling Morecambe who claimed a share of the spoils, and although Colchester’s unbeaten league run currently stands at twelve matches, the succession of stalemates has seen them slip away from the play-off places.

“The frustrating thing is, these are all matches Colchester could and should have won,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“I’m probably beginning to sound like an old broken record, moaning about missed opportunities, but that is the truth of it. Colchester has wasted several decent chances to establish themselves amongst the play-off places – even challenge for automatic promotion – and now they have work to do.

The most recent of the drawn fixtures saw the bottom two, Morecambe and Stevenage, both frustrate Colchester. And now they face another struggling side in the shape of Macclesfield Town, a club whose issues both on and off the field have been well-documented of late.

“They’ve got severe financial problems and are fighting for their very existence, let alone their place in the league. I think the young team that has represented them have shown tremendous spirit,” Crawford added.

“This will be a similar challenge to the last two – we have to be more ruthless, we have to start scoring goals, particularly in front of our crowd.

“I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating any chances – that is the one bonus. But the fact is, however good the unbeaten run is, while we are only picking up a draw, those above us are winning.

“The next few months will pass very quickly. Colchester must get back on it, quickly, and ensure they are back amongst the play-off places as soon as possible.”

Colchester United v Macclesfield Town – Head to head:

Colchester United won: 2
Drawn: 4
Macclesfield Town won: 1

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

November 6, 1998 – Division Two
Colchester United 1-1 Macclesfield Town

March 13, 1999 – Division Two
Macclesfield Town 2-0 Colchester United

December 8, 2018 – League Two
Colchester United 1-0 Macclesfield Town

February 16, 2019 – League Two
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Colchester United

September 28, 2019 – League Two
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Colchester United

Ray Crawford prediction: Colchester United 3-0 Macclesfield Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 2-0 Macclesfield Town

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Brian Jeeves

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