There used to be a time when Colchester United were regularly on the wrong end of some heavy defeats, especially when they were low on confidence, short of self-belief and in the midst of a relegation battle.
Colchester United correspondent, Carl Marston, awards his U’s Player Ratings (out of 10) following yesterday’s 1-1 home draw against Exeter City, when Sammie Szmodics’ superb 67th minute opener was matched by Jayden Stockley’s scrappy equaliser just two minutes later.
Colchester United have only scored three goals in their last five league matches, and only four in their last seven in all competitions, but their main concern is of a defensive nature for the visit of fellow top-six side Exeter City tomorrow afternoon.
Colchester United face a real test of their automatic promotion credentials when they take on fellow top-six side Newport County in South Wales this afternoon, not least because they are weakened by injuries, suspension and unavailability.
Colchester United correspondent Carl Marston awards his U’s Player Ratings (out of 10) following yesterday’s 1-0 home win over Swindon Town. Sammie Szmodics scored the winner in first-half stoppage time.
Colchester United have been winning plaudits for their goal-scoring prowess this season, topping the League Two goal-charts in recent weeks, but U’s boss John McGreal has also been highlighting the excellent performances at the other end of the pitch.
Colchester United have the best home record in League Two, a prime reason why they are riding so high in League Two, and they have another chance to make home advantage count when mid-table Swindon Town visit this afternoon.
Colchester United are going great guns this season, with the likes of Luke Norris spearheading the attack, Luke Prosser and Frankie Kent marshalling the defence, and summer recruit Harry Pell dominating the midfield battles.
League Two’s top-scoring sides will do battle at the Jobserve Community Stadium this afternoon, as table-toppers Lincoln City visit Essex for a mouth-watering clash in front of a bumper crowd expected to top 5,000.
Colchester United goalscorer, Sammie Szmodics, admitted that the U’s failed to respond to a “kick up the backside” from manager John McGreal during the half-time interval, on their way to defeat at Stevenage.