Banter with Burns with Colchester United Supporters Association chairman Jon Burns

YOU might compare it to Dr Frankenstein in his laboratory, mixing his formulas and piecing his Monster together to try and find the perfect combination and to create life.

Such can sometimes be the toil of a football manager and although, thankfully, the U’s didn’t need a lightning strike to get things going, they did need a spark and that spark came in the form of a good numbers of team changes and a goal-scoring centre-forward.

Whilst the hard work and endeavour at Forest Green was admirable, the script for the final third was either forgotten or had not even been written.

The U’s have a decent stock of some very good attacking players and they needed new material to work with.

Welcome to the party, Theo Robinson, Kwame Poku and some fresh legs in midfield to help them.

Forest Green were one of the form teams but apart from the opening half hour where they exploited gaps in our formation, they really weren’t much cop.

Only an unfortunate own goal was going to get past the excellent Dean Gerken and if the U’s had been more on the side of the officials, then they would have secured a noble point.

Clean sheets aside and there is no doubting the strength of the U’s defence.

The business end of football is always the opposition’s end and with too many blanks, boss John McGreal had to do something. That’s why Theo Robinson was snapped up, that’s why the talented Poku has been accelerated through to the first team and that’s why 19 year old Brendan Wiredu was given his first professional league start.

I wasn't at Swindon and it has been drubbed into me by friends that I missed the best league performance of the season so far. But like many of you I have seen the goal highlights and read the comments and it did look and sound hugely better.

A complete performance that I would like to see as a catalyst for a strong league run continuing with a local derby win over Orient tomorrow.

I have always had a soft spot for the O’s, especially after their recent trauma and I am delighted they are back in the league but they must come unstuck against a more confident U’s team I’m afraid.

They will no doubt bring a strong contingent. Wouldn’t it be great to see some more U’s bottoms on seats too? Let’s hope so. Another three points will nudge us closer to where we want to be.

Good luck U’s and thanks for all of your support tomorrow.

Quick reminder that there is some cup game next Tuesday at U’s - don’t forget and best arrive early!

Jon Burns, Colchester United Supporters Association chairman