Robins result leaves Crawford confused ahead of U’s clash

Colchester United v Swindon Town – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview

Ray Crawford thought that Colchester United gave a good account of themselves despite slipping out of the Emirates FA Cup at Shrewsbury Town. However, he was left wondering what side of Swindon Town the U’s will face when the two go head-to-head in Sky Bet League Two at the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Whilst the U’s were edged out by the odd goal in five at the Croud Meadow, Swindon found themselves involved in a remarkable tie with non-league Aldershot Town at the County Ground.

Incredibly, Swindon found themselves 7-0 down with a quarter of an hour remaining. However, a late rally saw them score four times in the time remaining minutes: “I’m hoping Colchester face the Swindon team that played the first seventy-odd minutes,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“I wasn’t surprised that we went out of the caup. It was always going to be a tall order. However, we put up a fight and showed a bit of spirit. But what happened at Swindon has baffled me. 

“Having finished the game strongly, Swindon might think they’ve got it out of their system. I think we need to focus on the fact they have conceded seven goals at home to a non-league team. We need to show a ruthless streak and put an already under-pressure Swindon defence to the test.”

Crawford continued: “Our league form has picked up of late, while Swindon have lost four of their last six and slipped into midtable. I think this one is very winnable. 

“At the time of writing Tuesday’s preview, Matthew Etherington remains in charge. I’d imagine he will still be at the helm come kick-off. Perhaps that’s a positive? He knows the players and has got a reaction from them.

“Of course, we have to be wary of a backlash from Swindon. They will be hurting. Their professional pride has been kicked into the gutter.

“But we have to continue in the same positive mindset that saw us pick up six points from trips to Grimsby and Accrington. More of the same and we will soon start climbing the League Two table.”

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 2-0 Swindon Town

Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 3-1 Swindon Town

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