Ten things about Colchester on Saturday!!

  1. Before starting on my observations about the on field issues on Saturday, I am going to start with something that has been a perpetual bugbear of mine this season, and having spoken to several of my peers in the McIlroy Suite after the game; it appears I am not on my own! At a time when every game is a cup final, and there is a need for a ‘all for one and one for all’ mentality, why oh why do the players never come over to the McIlroy Suite anymore? Surely it would make more sense for the players to have their post match meals in the McIlroy Suite after the game (they never get mithered whilst eating) and please don’t shoot me Bobby Trafford; maybe even Sol do his post match interviews within the confines of the McIlroy Suite. I cannot recall any of the players ever getting proverbial ‘stick’ from those gathered in the McIlroy Suite even after bad performances when they have congregated there in previous seasons, and having an interested audience of suitably quiet and well behaved spectators in the background, could help to provide an interestingly different perspective to the interviews with Sol. Such an approach would surely help to increase the number of drinkers in the suite for longer after the game and thus help swell the Silkmen coffers!!
  2. Now to the game. On this occasion it was great to see the Silkmen NOT get caught napping early into the game as in recent encounters, and we literally bossed the first half against our high flying visitors making the ‘U’s of Colchester United look decidedly ordinary. Indeed, any neutrals watching the game would have had some justification in stating that it was the Silkmen who looked the side riding high near the top of the table.
  3.  It was fab to see the burgeoning relationship between Harry Smith and Scott Wilson, and it was no surprise at all when they combined beautifully just before the half-time cuppa that led to the on fire number nine providing another clinical finish in front of an overjoyed Star Lane End!
  4. I am sure that even the most myopic of ‘U’s fans would not have begrudged us our deserved half-time lead, but instead of not being ‘switched on’ at the beginning or at end of the game it was just after the start of the second half that we threw away all the good work of the first forty five minutes!! Colchester would have scarcely believed their luck when we gifted them a lifeline back into the game when Brice Ntwambe’s clumsy challenge on the tricky Senior allowed Nouble to score with a very well taken penalty that gave Kieran O’Hara no chance whatsoever.
  5. For the next 15-20 minutes you could then see why the ‘U’s (who made astute tactical changes during the half-time break) have had such a good season as they played the ball around nicely with some neat intricate football to the increasing frustration of the Silkmen players and faithful. Although the ever improving Reece Cole rattled the crossbar and forced a pretty decent save from the ‘U’s stopper Gilmartin; the Silkmen were nowhere near as fluent or dominant as they had been in the first half, and if I were a neutral watching the game, I would in all probability  have said that the ‘U’s had done enough to earn themselves a hard fought draw.
  6. In a previous ten points, I stated that we needed a minimum of four points from the two home games against Crewe and Colchester to keep us in the mix for getting ourselves away from those bottom two places. IMHO two points from these games was barely adequate, particularly when considering unexpected victories for relegation rivals Notts County and Morecambe. With two away games to come which includes an awfully long trek to the Red Devils of Crawley followed by a very difficult fixture against the high flying Shakers of Bury (where we have previously hardly ever got even a sniff of a point let alone three) we really do need to get at least one priceless win within the next two games to ensure we remain active participants in this topsy-turvy relegation dogfight which will surely be making the bookies very happy indeed at this present time!!
  7.  Reece Cole was outstanding on Saturday, and very comfortably yours truly’s Man of the Match with honourable mentions for Fitz, Zak Jules and Michael Rose who had a decent game but wtf were them corners all about? Having said that, if we are going to send corners way over the back post, then can we please have someone in position to nod it back across into their danger zone as opposed to it harmlessly drifting out of play?
  8. It is way too early to be overly judgmental / critical of the newbies at this time, but one observation is that Brice Ntwambe looks way off match fitness to me. The lad looks like he has a killer pass in him, and could well get better the more that he plays. However the difficulty he currently appears to have in keeping up with play and the clumsy challenge that led to the ‘U’s penalty; makes me feel ever so slightly concerned as we move into the truly critical run in of games towards the end of the season. As for young Liandro Martis, it is clear that the kid has electrifying pace, and what he needs to do now is harness that pace alongside other elements of his game such as crossing. If that does come we will most definitely have some player on our hands!!
  9.  It was so fab to see Elliott Durrell named on the sub’s bench for the game. Indeed, many of the Silkmen brethren including yours truly were very disappointed that the hugely popular fans favourite was not allowed even a few minutes at the end of the game to see if he could positively influence the outcome in the final few minutes and ultimately provide us with three priceless points. Talking of fans favourites, wouldn’t it be make more sense for the legend that is Danny Whitaker (who I am reliably informed is fit enough to play) to be orchestrating stuff from the centre of the park rather than merely standing alongside Sol ‘like piffey on a rock bun?’ 
  10. Talking of legends ‘Sir’ John Askey has hardly had the most auspicious of starts to his tenure at Vale Park with three losses out of three; the most damaging of which was the 1-0 home reverse against the Shrimps of Morecambe which has dropped Port Vale into the melee of teams involved in the League Two relegation dogfight. Indeed many commented on Saturday and some even on the message boards that the footballing gods appear to be fashioning a destiny defining moment for the English Football League (EFL) future of both teams when we travel to Vale Park in the penultimate fixture of the season on 27th April 2019. Let’s hope that by this time, both teams are comfortably safe, and we can then both enjoy a more relaxed derby day experience without the intense pressure that a potential relegation decider at such a vital time of the season would bring. I am Silkmen till I die! 

Featured Image courtesy of Chelsie Wilson.


One thought on “Ten things about Colchester on Saturday!!

  1. Excellent analysis as per usual. I agree about Reece, he demonstrated a lot instinctive ability and was able to pass the ball into threatening positions. And likewise about corners–we rarely seem to be a threat, whereas when we are defending them, you know it is just a matter of time until we concede. Fluke last week notwithstanding. I’m usually not a big fan of short corners, but perhaps we need to mix it up or try a new taker.

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