Stevenage v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Lamex Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
There’s no doubt about it, Colchester United’s wheels – which at times have been somewhat buckled – have come off.
Without a Sky Bet League Two win in seven matches and ruthlessly put to the sword by Morecambe at the weekend. The U’s are slipping down the table and currently show little sign of halting their descent.
“I’m really quite worried about this,” Ray Crawford told Yellow Sport.
“Colchester are in trouble and I don’t see signs of change. It would be naive to suggest we will be ok. Current form, coupled with the teams below us [icking up points, suggests we are in a relegation battle.
“I’m not happy about it, the fans are not happy about it. The criticism aimed at the chairman and manager can’t have gone unnoticed. Something needs to be done, and quickly!
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but to be honest, these problems started at the end of last season. We replaced an experienced manager with a novice and allowed several key players to leave, sighting finances as the reason.
“I’d argue the wrong players were shown the door while recruitment since has been mediocre. For every action, there is a reaction. That is why we are in freefall.”
Colchester head to relegation-haunted Stevenage on Tuesday evening and will face former captain, Luke Prosser, and striker, Luke Norris, players Crawford believes the U’s should have kept.
“I don’t think we’ve properly replaced Luke. He was a good captain and always stood up to be counted. I’m not sure we have too many like that at the moment, which is quite sad.
“Letting Norris go was very bizarre. He knows this league and had goals in him. To me, the decision made no sense.
“Stevenage have only lost one of their last five games and are fighting for their lives. I hate to say it, but I don’t see them losing this one either.”
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Stevenage 2-0 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Stevenage 1-0 Colchester United