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Leyton Orient v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Ray Crawford reflected upon the closing of the transfer window with mixed feelings, believing Colchester United are still involved in a struggle to pressure their EFL status.
The U’s brought in Frank Nouble, Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu and Josh Doherty, while popular defender, Cohen Bramall headed out of the Job Serve Community Stadium to Lincoln City.
“Frank will give us a bit more punch up front, but I think we have lost our best player in Cohen,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.
“It doesn’t look like a strong group any more. I’m concerned we are slipping towards the relegation zone without putting up much of a fight.
“We need to win a game by hook or crook. Does anyone seriously see us achieving that during this next batch of fixtures? I think more and more of the supporters are becoming disillusioned. It’s a worry.
Colchester’s midweek clash at Salford City was postponed shortly before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch. However, Crawford wasn’t sure there were any benefits from not playing the game: “Under normal circumstances, we’d take on board the rest and use the time to regroup and work on what is going wrong,” he added.
“But the team spent the day travelling to and from the North-West. Sometimes that can have an adverse effect because you are sat on a bus for several hours over-thinking things.
“Now we have this game with Orient coming up. I don’t think we are anywhere near where we want to be and to be honest, I’m fearful of another defeat against a side who still have a chance of making the play-offs.”
Crawford added: “We need to be much more creative and ruthless. It’s obvious, I know, but nine matches without a win and playing the sort of football we are suggests something needs to change.
“In the meantime, I’m afraid I’m expecting more of the same. I hope Colchester can turn it around, starting on Saturday, but unless we see some leadership and one or two players standing up to be counted then the poor run will continue.”
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Colchester United