Ray Crawford: U’s need to be more ruthless

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Stevenage v Colchester United – The Lamex Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm

Stevenage v Colchester United – Preview:

COLCHESTER UNITED extended their unbeaten Sky Bet League Two sequence to ten matches, but former frontman, Ray Crawford, hoped drawn matches wouldn’t return to haunt the U’s in their bid for promotion.

Both Exeter City and Crawley Town left the JobServe with a share of the spoils – the U’s have now drawn nine of their twenty-four matches to date – leaving John McGreal’s men in sixth place, five points outside the automatic promotion places.

“It’s great that the run has continued, but it’s so tight up there – it could be the difference between success and failure,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“It’s difficult to criticise a team going well, but home points are particularly important and we have dropped too many, particularly against teams I think we should be comfortably beating.

“I know Exeter wasn’t a bad result, particularly as we finished with ten men following Tom Lapslie’s sending off. But Crawley was there for the taking. Looking back, we’ve lost at home to Morecambe and Cambridge as well as dropping points against the likes of Port Vale, Grimsby and Macclesfield. We have to be more ruthless and kill teams off.”

Crawford insisted only a victory would be good enough when the U’s head to bottom of the table Stevenage on Saturday.

“Stevenage have only won two league matches all season, they are in trouble and will be fighting for their lives,” Crawford added.

“They made it tough form Colchester at our place and even beat us in the leasing.com Trophy. We have to be professional about it, but we have to make up for lost ground and ensure we take all three points.

“Importantly, we haven’t lost too much momentum during the busy Christmas period. But now is the time to push on, hold our nerve and repeatedly ask questions of the teams above us.”

Stevenage v Colchester United – Head to head:

Stevenage won: 4
Drawn: 2
Colchester United won: 8

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

March 24, 2018 – League Two
Stevenage 0-1 Colchester United

October 6, 2018 – League Two
Stevenage 3-1 Colchester United

December 26, 2018 – League Two
Colchester United 1-2 Stevenage

October 5, 2019 – League Two
Colchester United 3-1 Stevenage

December 3, 2019 – leasing.com Trophy
Colchester United 1-2 Stevenage

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Stevenage 0-2 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Stevenage 1-3 Colchester United


Brian Jeeves

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