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Colchester United v Walsall – Saturday, September 7 – Jobserve Community Stadium 3pm
Colchester United v Walsall – Preview:
ANOTHER WEEK, another two victories – Colchester United appear to have kickstarted their season on all fronts and Ray Crawford can barely hide his delight.
Back-to-back Sky Bet League two victories, Carabao Cup progress and now a 3-2 win over League One Gillingham on their own patch as the leasing.com Trophy group stages got underway.
“It seems to have clicked and now I want more of the same from Colchester,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.
“Obviously, the game during the week might not hold the same interest either to the club or the supporters. But winning can become a habit if you are full of confidence. The momentum continues to build – the players start looking forward to each game.
“It was good to see new boys, Paris Cowan-Hall and Theo Robinson get on the scoresheet at Gillingham. We needed the goals to come from other sources, relieving the pressure a little.”
Looking ahead to the visit of Walsall to the JobServe Community Stadium, Crawford added: “It’s another winnable game. Walsall hasn’t started the way they would have liked following relegation last season. I think manager Daryl Clarke is still unsure of his best starting eleven. I don’t expect them to be towards the bottom for long, but Colchester must strike while there is uncertainty. Get those three points on the board.
“I’m sure John McGreal will be pleased with what he has seen, particularly as the team have kept three clean sheets in their last four games. It’s now all about confidence and concentration – they have proved to have the ability.
“With the Tottenham cup match hovering just over the horizon, local interest in the club has gathered pace. The boys need to keep that positive vibe coming by winning their domestic matches, keeping the supporters on board as well as spreading the message to get a few more through the turnstiles.”
Colchester United v Walsall – Head to head:
Colchester United won: 24
Walsall won: 25
Colchester United v Walsall – Last five meetings (all competitions):
May 3, 2014 – League One
Walsall 0-1 Colchester United
September 6, 2014 – League One
Walsall 0-0 Colchester United
January 17, 2015 – League One
Colchester United 0-2 Walsall
October 24, 2015 – League One
Colchester United 4-4 Walsall
March 19, 2016 – League One
Walsall 2-1 Colchester United
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 2-0 Walsall
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 2-1 Walsall