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Cheltenham Town v Colchester United, preview: Brandon Comley predicts a play-off push

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 September 2017

Brandon Comley fires in a shot during last weekend's 3-1 win over Crawley. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Brandon Comley fires in a shot during last weekend's 3-1 win over Crawley. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Brandon Comley has only been at Colchester United for just over a fortnight, but already the combative midfielder is predicting a top-seven finish for the U’s this season.

Comley has delivered two impressive performances in his first two starts, since his loan switch from QPR on transfer deadline day (August 31), and now he is ready to help solve the U’s problems on the road.

The 21-year-old has already formed a good partnership with Tom Lapslie, in a defensive midfield role, the duo combining to good effect in the 3-1 home win over Crawley, and Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Chesterfield.

Today, he will be gunning for a rare away success, at Cheltenham.

“I feel comfortable here. I feel like I’ve slotted in as well as the other loan boys,” enthused Comley.

“It’s been an enjoyable start as well, getting a win with my first game and then I thought we were unlucky the other night to only a draw.

“I think we are in good form, and once we get that away win, I think we will be flying. We all feel, as a squad, that we can push on and do good things in this league.

“The last two performances have been excellent. We showed resilience on Tuesday night, and could have won it. We want to keep up this momentum and I think we can definitely get into those play-offs this season.”

With regards the U’s poor away form – three straight defeats on the road this season – Comley said: “Straight away, when I came in, the problems with our away form were apparent.

“I could see there was a bit of an edge, away from home, and Cambridge away (1-0 defeat) was my first game involved (as an unused substitute).

“Everyone is more at ease at home, but when we get that win away from home, I’m sure we will go from strength to strength.”

Comley, who is on loan until January, is relishing his role alongside Lapslie.

He continued: “At most of the other places I have gone to, it’s normally me making all those tackles, but its nice to have someone like Tom doing it even more.

“It allows me to be more adventurous, and to work on that side of the game. You have that insurance, with Tom always there speaking to you. People think he is just a tackler, but he picks his passes as well, when he sees my movement. We have a good thing going.”

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