Ray Crawford: More of the same please, Colchester

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Colchester United v Grimsby Town – JobServe Community Stadium – – Sky Bet League Two – Tuesday 7:45pm

Colchester United v Grimsby Town – Preview:

Ray Crawford was hugely impressed with Colchester United’s response as they returned to action following the conclusion of their sixteen-match unbeaten Sky Bet League Two sequence.

Theo Robinson bagged a brace after Ben Stevenson had opened the scoring as the U’s dismantled in-form Plymouth Argyle at the JobServe Community Stadium and Crawford has called for more of the same when Grimsby Town are the visitors to North Essex on Tuesday evening.

“I had a feeling we would bounce back, but wow – that was a fantastic performance,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“It was an explosive start to the game. To be three-up by half-time was fantastic. It proved that the boys have the mental strength and the quality to see this promotion push through.

“Theo Robinson continues to impress me. It goes to show that if you feel comfortable about your surroundings, your form can improve. I think he is now enjoying his football at Colchester.”

Looking ahead to the visit of Grimsby Town, Crawford added: “They are unbeaten in three after getting a point at Bradford at the weekend. Ian Holloway has made them difficult to beat.

“But once again, this is a home game and we should be expecting Colchester to take all three points. You have to be good enough, you need a plan B and above all, you must have quality. Colchester possesses all of these traits at the moment. It’s now all about consistency and holding our nerve during the run-in.”

Colchester United v Grimsby Town – Head to head:

Colchester United won: 15
Drawn: 9
Grimsby Town won: 13

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

September 26, 2017 – League Two
Grimsby Town 2-2 Colchester United

January 20, 2018 – League Two
Colchester United 1-1 Grimsby Town

October 23, 2018 – League Two
Grimsby Town 1-0 Colchester United

April 19, 2019 – League Two
Colchester United 1-0 Grimsby Town

August 20, 2019 – League Two
Grimsby Town 2-2 Colchester United

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

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