More ‘twists and turns’ in Colchester United’s race for the play-offs

U's boss, John McGreal

U's boss, John McGreal

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, insists that there will be a “few more twists and turns” over the last three weekends of this season, in the race for a League Two play-off berth.

The U’s entertain already-promoted Plymouth Argyle this afternoon in a match they really need to win, to sustain a top-seven push.

The Essex club’s last two fixtures, at Football League basement dwellers Leyton Orient and at home to lower mid-table Yeovil, look very winnable games, so much might hinge on today.

Like the U’s previous visitors, Doncaster Rovers, today’s opponents Plymouth have already wrapped up promotion to League One, while also nursing hopes of clinching the championship title.

The U’s drew 1-1 with Rovers on Good Friday, only the third time they have failed to win in their last 13 home matches. They are targeting an 11th victory in 14 home outings today.


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“These are exciting times, and let’s give it a right good go!” enthused McGreal.

“A lot of teams have to play each other, in and around the top 10, so there will be a few more twists and turns to come.

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“I think it will go right down to the wire, so we’ve just got to put together a string of performances to try and get us over the line.

“We’ve always been playing catch-up, usually being two points off (the top-seven). We get it down to two, lose a match and the gap becomes five, but we’ve then usually managed to respond to a disappointment by winning the match to reduce the gap back to two.

“We have managed to rectify some indifferent performances and results, and of course we were a little bit disappointed with what happened late on at Morecambe,” added McGreal, with reference to conceding an 87th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena on Easter Monday.

McGreal continued: “We’ve all had time to reflect on that result. Now we are ready to go out and enjoy the position we are.

“This weekend is a great game against a team in Plymouth who are already promoted. They have been consistently good all season.

“There should be a good crowd and it’s a fantastic opporunity for us, to be just two points off the play-offs with three games to play.

“It’s time for the fans to make a noise off the pitch, and for us to make a noise on the pitch,” added McGreal.

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