Drey believes Colchester United are on the ‘Wright’ track for top seven

PUBLISHED: 08:23 18 March 2017

Drey Wright, in action against Exeter from earlier in the season. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Drey Wright, in action against Exeter from earlier in the season. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Drey Wright is ready to keep the pressure on the top seven, by helping to mastermind an away success at Crewe Alexandra this afternoon.

Flying wing-back Wright, who has warmed to his new role despite being a natural out-and-out winger, believes that the U’s have enough in the tank to make the play-offs.

Fresh from a 2-0 home win over Mansfield Town in midweek, the U’s will be targeting back-to-back wins at Gresty Road.

“We want to keep the pressure on the top seven, and we always knew that we had two very winnable games after the (4-0) defeat to Portsmouth,” explained Wright.

“We’ve got one out of the way, beating Mansfield, and we will look to do it again at Crewe this weekend.

“Our home form has been outstanding, which make a change after the last few years, when previously we have tended to be a better team away from home, by hitting teams on the counter-attack.

“I see that all our remaining away games are against teams in the lower half of the table, but we won’t be treating them any differently.

“In fact, it can be awkward to play teams scrapping for points, and I recall teams didn’t like playing us with the position we were in a few times.

“We know that Crewe are a footballing side, so we will try and be better than them, and that’s the same if it ends up being a bit of a battle,” added Wright.”

With regards his new position in the team, since Richard Brindley’s absence with a calf injury, Wright said: “Playing as a wing-back has been a different role, and I’ve been trying to adapt to it. I’ve come off the subs’ bench and played in that position a few times, and have been watching others. It’s been quite difficult, but I’ve been learning as quickly as possible.

“I’ve maybe been holding back to be a bit more cautious, to keep us a bit more solid by not getting caught out, and I feel like I’ve done OK so far.

“Being a part of the more defensive side of things, I always feel I need to be more switched on and keep focused, which can be difficult being a natural winger.

“But it’s another position I feel I can get better in, and find a balance, like Brennan (Dicksenson) has found on the other side of the pitch.”

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