Ray Crawford: We’ve got to be bold, brave and try to win a football match

Brian Jeeves

Stevenage v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Lamex Stadium – Friday (3pm) and Colchester United v Crewe Alexandra – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Monday (3pm) – Preview

Ray Crawford believes the Easter period will be key to Colchester United’s battle to avoid relegation.

The U’s are without a win in eight league outings, a sequence which has seen them slip within three points of the dropzone following a string of frustrating performances.

Ben Garner’s side heads to promotion-chasing Stevenage on Good Friday before hosting Crewe Alexandra at the JobServe Community Stadium on easter Monday.

“By hook or crook we need to start winning,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“We built up a decent buffer over the bottom two, that has now all but gone. We can’t prioritise matches. Indeed, results have proved lately that we are incapable of that. Draws are of little use, particularly with those around us starting to wake up to the situation they are in. We’ve got to be bold, brave and try to win a football match.

“Last weekend’s match with Newport summed us up right now. Started brightly but ran out of ideas. In the end, we were a little bit lucky to get a point as the visitors finished stronger.”

Crawford continued: “I sad before the Newport game that we seem a little lost. We’re not too bad at the back, but lack creativity and have very little in the way of a cutting edge. 

“We’d seemingly found a way to win here and there under Matt Bloomfield, particularly away from home. But we’ve gone back into our shell and now find ourselves in serious trouble again. I’ve no doubt Ben has a positive idea of how he wants the team to play, but whether they are capable of it or not remains the main spotlight.”

Looking forward to the Easter matches, Crawford added: “We gave Stevenage a good game at home, but I think we’ll struggle to get anything there, particularly with them pushing for automatic promotion.

And that leaves a lot of pressure on us ahead of the Crewe game. 

“Crewe are safe and can ply with a bit of freedom. They won at Doncaster last time out. Their goal difference is similar to that of our own.

“We need to get ourselves ahead in a game. We need something to defend and build on. All too often we find ourselves either chasing or holding on to what we have. Defeats have been narrow, but they are still defeats.

Easter Monday will be massive. But then again, every game is a cup final from now to the end of the season. I hope we have it within us to pull clear of danger.”

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

Jeevesie’s prediction: Stevenage 1-0 Colchester United 

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 1-1 Crewe Alexandra 

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Brian Jeeves

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