‘We have nothing to prove’ – Colchester United boss John McGreal
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Colchester United are targeting a fourth victory on the spin, against league leaders and title favourites Accrington Stanley this afternoon.
The U’s achieved a hat-trick of wins, for the first time since the end of 2016, following their 2-1 victory at lowly Forest Green Rovers on Easter Monday.
Only once, since John McGreal took charge in the summer of 2016, have the U’s been on such a good winning run – they rattled up five victories in a row over Notts County, Luton, Stevenage, Cheltenham and Carlisle either side of the Christmas and New Year period (2016).
Despite their current good run, which has brought 10 points from 12 in their last four games, the U’s still find themselves four points adrift of the play-offs, with fixtures running out.
But the Essex club can still have a big say in who eventually goes up to League One, because their final five games are all against teams above them in the table, starting against top dogs Accrington today.
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“The boys are in a good place, and scoring that early goal (Drey Wright after 19 seconds) at Forest Green gave them a shot in the arm,” explained McGreal.
“We have nothing to prove. I believe the play-offs are still very distant, but we have the top-of-the-league coming to our place, which is a fantastic game for us.
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“It’s a chance to pit ourselves against the best team in the league, just like when we played (then-leaders) Luton in our previous home match.
“The promotion battle will go down to the wire again, like last season. I think it will be a little bit of a shoot-out to get into the play-offs on the final day.
“We have not been the free-flowing, scoring team of last season, but then you look at Accrington and see that they are winning games by the odd goal. That’s something we’ve been doing of late as well.
“We’re learning how to win games. We’ve not been able to put games to bed this season by taking our chances, but if we win every game 1-0 until the end of the season, then I’ll take that!”
Accrington already have one foot in League One – they are 11 points clear of fourth-placed Exeter City, who currently sit one place above the automatic promotion zone. The U’s also have to play top-seven sides Notts County, Lincoln and Exeter, plus ninth-placed Swindon.