Jon Waldron: My views on the U's

Source of hope - Colchester United will be hoping that striker Jabo Ibehre maintains his good form for them over the coming weeks.

Source of hope - Colchester United will be hoping that striker Jabo Ibehre maintains his good form for them over the coming weeks.

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So can Colchester United avoid relegation this season?

Oldham Athletic's win at Stevenage last night saw the U's drop back into League One's relegation zone, a point adrift from safety.

With 14 games to go, some are predicting that Colchester will need as many as 52 points to survive in the third tier this season.

They are currently 20 points adrift of that, so it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that they still need plenty more wins if they are to stay afloat in the division.

Colchester are confident they will do just that, especially having tasted victory in three of their recent games with their new-look side.

Indeed, having presided over only one draw during his reign as U’s boss, Joe Dunne will certainly be gunning for victory in every single match between now and the end of the season.

But where will the points be won?

Crucially, Colchester still have to travel to play three of the four sides that sit around them in the table – Oldham, Bury and Hartlepool United.

Clearly, those matches will be vital in dictating who survives in League One this season.

But in the next two months or so, the U’s will also face a number of sides with very different targets in mind and in Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town, the U’s face sides in serious contention for automatic promotion in their next two matches.

The U’s also take on promotion-chasing Bournemouth and Coventry City in the coming weeks but also play plenty of sides entrenched in mid-table, such as Notts County, Crewe Alexandra and Carlisle United, on the final day of the season.

Let’s hope that Colchester have preserved their League One status well before their longest trip of the season up to Cumbria, on April 27.

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1:59pm Wed 20 Feb 13

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Well done Jon on re-wording my views posted on a previous story. How much do I get for it ???? LOL
Well done Jon on re-wording my views posted on a previous story. How much do I get for it ???? LOL We're not singing anymore!!!
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5:14pm Wed 20 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

I have already prepared myself to watching Div 2 football next season. Hoping otherwise is just plain wishfull thinking. I have watched enough games this season in both Div 1 and 2 to know that we are not worthy to be playing in this division. We dont create nothing and bring little excitement to most matches. Most away games we just sit back and let them come at us. I did read an article from Mick McCarthy last week,regards him being a man of wisdom. He warned Ipswich town fans that entertaining football will have to wait. When in a relegation battle sometimes it wont be pretty to watch at times. Well I gave Joe Dunne my blessing when he got the managers job but to me he is trying to run before he can walk. We need battlers, and for me Clifford playing in midfield, who is far to light and easily brushed off the ball is not the type of player needed at this time. Thats when you need players like Jon Jo. Also how can he not play Tom Eastman who is a far better player than Thompson.
I have already prepared myself to watching Div 2 football next season. Hoping otherwise is just plain wishfull thinking. I have watched enough games this season in both Div 1 and 2 to know that we are not worthy to be playing in this division. We dont create nothing and bring little excitement to most matches. Most away games we just sit back and let them come at us. I did read an article from Mick McCarthy last week,regards him being a man of wisdom. He warned Ipswich town fans that entertaining football will have to wait. When in a relegation battle sometimes it wont be pretty to watch at times. Well I gave Joe Dunne my blessing when he got the managers job but to me he is trying to run before he can walk. We need battlers, and for me Clifford playing in midfield, who is far to light and easily brushed off the ball is not the type of player needed at this time. Thats when you need players like Jon Jo. Also how can he not play Tom Eastman who is a far better player than Thompson. crazy comments
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9:13pm Wed 20 Feb 13

25414nora says...

I hope we can avoid the drop, but it's a long shot. 'Still' maybe lg 2 wont be the end of the world.

Strange irony..This time last year Col U were chasing an automatic promotion spot, and everyone was giving J.W a good slagging.

Puts things in perspective and...
As the legend Jimmy Greaves would
say...It's a funny old game..
I hope we can avoid the drop, but it's a long shot. 'Still' maybe lg 2 wont be the end of the world. Strange irony..This time last year Col U were chasing an automatic promotion spot, and everyone was giving J.W a good slagging. Puts things in perspective and... As the legend Jimmy Greaves would say...It's a funny old game.. 25414nora
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8:33am Thu 21 Feb 13

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

I do hope the players don't read these comments otherwise the negativity will only spread. The attitude the players need is we CAN and we WILL survive. Perhaps if the fans had the same attitude it will lift the players even more. Let's leave any negativity until the end of the season when the fat lady has sung (or hopefully not).
I do hope the players don't read these comments otherwise the negativity will only spread. The attitude the players need is we CAN and we WILL survive. Perhaps if the fans had the same attitude it will lift the players even more. Let's leave any negativity until the end of the season when the fat lady has sung (or hopefully not). We're not singing anymore!!!
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10:00am Thu 21 Feb 13

jpis247 says...

a home win against an out of sorts Tranmere on Saturday would be a great start.
a home win against an out of sorts Tranmere on Saturday would be a great start. jpis247
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5:20pm Thu 21 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Crazy, I completely agree with you. We have dug ourselves out of the bottom four on two previous occasions, but I fear this time will be third time unlucky. I also totally agree with you regarding Clifford and Eastman. Very noticeable that Tranmere have strengthened their squad this week by signing striker Siddibe from Stoke. Having been annihalted at Prenton park earlier in the season I can foresee another defeat on the cards this Saturday.
Crazy, I completely agree with you. We have dug ourselves out of the bottom four on two previous occasions, but I fear this time will be third time unlucky. I also totally agree with you regarding Clifford and Eastman. Very noticeable that Tranmere have strengthened their squad this week by signing striker Siddibe from Stoke. Having been annihalted at Prenton park earlier in the season I can foresee another defeat on the cards this Saturday. BlueandWhiteBaz
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