Ray Crawford: U’s must recognise they are in a relegation battle

Salford City v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Peninsula Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview

Nine games without a Sky Bet League Two victory and not looking like ending that sequence any time soon. These are worrying times for Colchester United and former frontman, Ray Crawford, hopes the clubs’ hierarchy have recognised the warning signs.

“Colchester must recognise they are in a relegation battle, “ Crawford told Yellow Sport after Scunthorpe United had taken the points at the JobServe Community Stadium on Friday evening.

“For me, we don’t even look like winning at the moment. Admittedly, it was a terrific strike from Alfie Beestin, but nobody closed him down. The defending was questionable and as for the attack, we were feeble and flat and looked every bit a relegation-threatened team.”

Crawford was encouraged by the return of Frank Nouble – the former West Ham forward arriving back in North Essex on a loan deal from Plymouth Argyle: “It’s a good move, but begs the question, why did we let Frank go in the first place?

“Frank is a warrior at this level. The sort of player required in a battle and that is exactly what Colchester find themselves in. The recent run of results is slightly masked by the league position, but make no mistake, we are in trouble if nothing changes pretty soon.

“I’ve had a look through the fixtures and can honestly say, in this form I can’t see Colchester winning any of their next nine matches either!”

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s trip to Salford City, Crawford added: “They are on the fringes of the play-offs but haven’t won in three games. Unfortunately, I can see us extending that run at the moment.

“Steve Ball and Colchester must go back to basics. Strip it back to the core and find out what and where it has gone wrong? Only then, can we start turning the corner. I just hope the owner and manager can see it before its too late because relegation for Colchester would be a disaster.”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Salford City 2-0 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Salford City 3-0 Colchester United

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