Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Ray Crawford focused on the positives from Colchester United’s goalless Sky Bet League Two draw with promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town but confessed the U’s are some way from challenging themselves after their fifth game without a league victory.
“We’ve kept a clean sheet against one of the better teams and ended the run of defeats, but that’s about it at the moment,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.
“We’ve lost our spark and are not creating many chances which is very worrying. I know Colchester are only two points off the play-off places, but recent results suggest that gap could get bigger. Something needs to change.
“I’ve seen fans calling for Steve Ball to be replaced as manager. If that is to be the case, Colchester will need someone with experience of the league and a healthy book of contacts to bolster the squad in key areas. But is this the route the club want to take?
“We can only focus on what we have at the moment. We must concentrate on the next game.”
Crawford continued: “We take on a Tranmere Rovers team struggling for form themselves and have to make it count. The supporters are the most important people at any football club and the Colchester supporters don’t seem to be too happy at the moment.
“This team can change that. They’ve proved at various stages in the season that they can. But mindsets must be reset. Performances against Cambridge, Morecambe and Southend were not good enough. And although we were resolute against Cheltenham, we didn’t look like a team with flair and confidence.
“It’s not a case of a New Years resolution – In football, you should strive to improve every time you go out there. But ultimately, Colchester United are getting judged by their supporters and anything other than a win on Saturday will bring about more pressure and questions on a squad which should be doing far better.”
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 2-1 Tranmere Rovers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 1-0 Tranmere Rovers