Exeter City v Colchester United – St James Park – Sky Bet League Two play-off (second-leg) – Monday 5:15pm
Exeter City v Colchester United – Preview;
RAY CRAWFORD has issued a rallying cry to the Colchester United players ahead of their huge Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final second-leg with Exeter City at St James Park.
The U’s head west hanging on to a slender single goal advantage following Cohen Bramall’s stunning late free-kick at the JobServe Community Stadium last Thursday and Crawford believes they book a Wembley berth with a similarly resolute performance at St James Park.
“The first-leg was far from a classic, but we have the lead and looked defensively sound,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.
“The players were disciplined defensively, particularly Tom Eastman and Luke Prosser. The pair showed leadership and desire – you can see how much it means to them to see this through.
“Of course, the tie is far from over but we have an advantage thanks to Cohen’s piece of brilliance. He was the one player on the pitch capable of providing a magic moment like that.”
Colchester are now ninety minutes from a potential final with either Cheltenham Town or Northampton Town and despite the lack of a crowd, Crawford has urged the players to write themselves into U’s history.
“The chance to play at Wembley is special whether it’s a full house or one man and his dog in the stands. Of course, we want to get through and we want the fans to be there, but that’s not the case at the moment.
“The boys have to view this as an opportunity to book a place at the home of football. Exeter will have the same mindset and will believe they are still in the tie. But the mental strength in this Colchester side is incredible. They have it in them to do the job – they were the better team in the first-leg and everyone who watched the game on TV will know that.
“I’d love to see Colchester win promotion. The players and above all, the supporters deserve it. Hopefully, they can take another step towards that becoming a reality on Monday evening.”
Exeter City v Colchester United – Head to head;
Colchester United won; 28
Exeter City won; 31
Exeter City v Colchester United – Last five meetings (all competitions);
November 24, 2018 – League Two
Colchester United 1-1 Exeter City
March 16, 2019 – League Two
Exeter City 3-0 Colchester United
December 19, 2019 – League Two
Colchester United 2-2 Exeter City
January 25, 2020 – League Two
Exeter City 0-0 Colchester United
June 18, 2020 – League Two play-off semi-final first-leg
Colchester United 1-0 Exeter City
Ray Crawford’s prediction; Exeter City 0-1 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction; Exeter City 0-0 Colchester United