Ray Crawford: U’s must build on their bouncebackability

Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Saturday 3pm

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RAY CRAWFORD praised Colchester United’s bouncebackability but warned the U’s players that expectation has risen after they put down an impressive marker at Swindon Town during the week.

The U’s headed to the County Ground as underdogs, particularly after Luke Prosser’s own-goal had seen Forest Green Rovers end the north Essex sides recent unbeaten sequence.

Nevertheless, Colchester stunned the high-flying Robins as Tom Eastman and a Theo Robinson brace saw John McGreal’s men seal victory by three unanswered goals.

“What a way to come back,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.

“After the loss on Saturday, we all wondered how Colchester would react. But this was beyond our wildest dreams. Swindon is a very good side, but we have blown them away.

“Colchester are back within touching distance of the play-off places – consistency is the key, particularly winning the home games.”

And it’s a home game up next for Colchester, a derby with an indifferent Leyton Orient side who themselves are hoping to establish themselves after winning promotion back to the Football League at the end of the last campaign.

“It’s a game I expect Colchester to win, but we must be aware that Orient has been better on the road than they have at Brisbane Road. Perhaps they feel a little less pressure away? I don’t know?

“I’ve always had a soft spot for Orient. I remember watching Ipswich there shortly before I signed for them. It felt like a very welcoming club – I’ve never forgotten that.

“I don’t think they will be involved in a relegation battle. All the teams in this league are capable of beating each other. I expect them to be somewhere towards the middle. But that is a long way off. At the moment, Colchester appears the more established of the two sides. The pressure is on the U’s to follow up Swindon with another win and I expect them to get the job done back in front of their won crowd.

Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Head to head:

Colchester United won: 22
Drawn: 15
Leyton Orient won: 17

Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Last five meetings (all competitions):

March 1, 2014 – League One
Leyton Orient 2-1 Colchester United

September 13, 2014 – League One
Leyton Orient 0-2 Colchester United

January 24, 2015 – League One
Colchester United 2-0 Leyton Orient

November 12, 2016 – League Two
Colchester United 0-3 Leyton Orient

April 29, 2017 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-3 Colchester United

Ray Crawford’s prediction: Colchester United 2-0 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient

Brian Jeeves

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