WELL what a bitterly disappointing result against Grimsby Town, last night.

Rather like the recent storm we had, our performance again Plymouth Argyle was blown way out of sight.

Why can’t we do it? Is it tactics? Is it physiological? Whatever it is, we need to find the answer very quick or we will have a season to look back on of oh so nears.

Fair play to Ian Holloway; he has turned Grimsby around, but that doesn’t excuse the fact we shipped three goals at home and for the last 30 minutes had no answer.

I try to remain positive and we need to go into the Port Vale game on Saturday with a clean head and the fans on side.

An idea - why don’t we try to pretend every team is Plymouth?

U's fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst, last Saturday.

After the performance against Cambridge and the form Plymouth have been in, we were clearly hoping for the win but wondered what would happen.

As you all know, the lads put on show and if anything the 3-0 scoreline flattered Plymouth as we should have scored at least three or four more goals than we did.

Theo Robinson was class but in all honesty, he should have scored a hat-trick, if not more.

John McGreal and Steve Ball must have had a good get together and really planned out how to get a response from the players.

That showed but not only that, they were able to plan how to set up in order to play Plymouth off the pitch but they also made selection choices to match.

That said, there were a number of fans, including myself, who did raise an eyebrow or two over who was in and who was out.

However, I am always happy to be proved wrong and see the side rampage to three points.

Callum Harriott was a well-earned man of the match, Robinson got a brace and should have had more but for me the standout player was Ben Stevenson.

He has a relaxed approach and is so calm on the ball. He has the ability to control the play and I think he is a good partner for Harry Pell; we have Ben’s calm ball playing combined with Harry’s bulldog chase and win the ball everywhere approach.

Hopefully this will be a pairing we see more and more often. The fans I spoke to were also really positive not only about our attacking play, but also the fact we have a defence that can be relied on to protect against the counter.

I cannot go any further without mentioning Colchester’s own Tom Eastman, who once again produced his magic moments and turned into a League Two Messi.

The only thing missing from the run, flick and nutmeg was a stunning goal; oh well, maybe next time Tom.

One thing that I know will be argued as the game was won is the dropping yet again of Luke Norris.

Now I know I have a bias but he had scored in his previous two games and was looking to have found his sharpness and presence back.

He has been knocked unfairly on social media from some of our fanbase and I feel it was a strong decision to bench him.

Yes, the game was won, so we cannot argue to much but if it had gone the other way, what message would that have sent to him? That no matter what he does, he cannot win and will be messed about.

But that aside, the game was won and we all went home happy - the next trick is to carry it on.

We have proved we can beat the best in the league, now we need to go out and beat teams that are struggling and will sit behind the ball.

Do that and we will have cracked the run in and promotion.

Hopefully see a fair few of you at Port Vale on Saturday to cheer the U’s to victory.

Colchester United season-ticket holder Si Collinson, who watches John McGreal's side home and away, with his views on the U's