Colchester United need to turn the tide at Morecambe

Drey Wright, in action against Yeovil's Jordan Green during Saturday's wintry 1-0 defeat, knows that

Drey Wright, in action against Yeovil's Jordan Green during Saturday's wintry 1-0 defeat, knows that the U's have to improve their record against the struggling teams. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Colchester United stalwart, Drey Wright, admits that the U’s have struggled against many of the lower teams in League Two, a factor which looks like costing them a play-off berth.

Over the last few weeks, the U’s have tumbled to 1-0 defeats at the hands of Crewe, Barnet and Yeovil, all clubs wallowing in the bottom eight of the table.

In fact, of all their clashes with the bottom eight, so far this season, John McGreal’s men have mustered just four victories from 14 fixtures, a poor return.

They have just two more encounters with relegation-threatened teams, during their remaining nine fixtures, at Morecambe this evening and away at Forest Green Rovers on Easter Monday.

“Teams pick up points when you don’t think expect them to, across the league, and we have struggled a bit against those types of teams in the last few weeks,” admitted Wright.

“That has obviously hindered us in the league.

“But we have still got nine games to go, and we will be going into them all trying to pick up the maximum number of points.

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“We generally bounce back quite well. Crewe and Barnet (back-to-back losses) was a bit of a one-off for us really, so we will be going to try and get the three points at Morecambe.”

The versatile Wright operated as a left wing-back against Yeovil on Saturday, filling in for the injured Brennan Dickenson, who damaged his quad in training last Friday.

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Wright produced a man-of-the-match display in the 1-0 home defeat to the Glovers, and he could continue in the left wing-back role at the Globe Arena this evening.

But he, like his team-mates, knows that the quality has to be improved in the final third of the pitch, in terms of deliveries and finishing.

“We dominated the ball, especially in the first half against Yeovil, but the final end product was lacking, as it has done for a few games now,” said Wright.

“Maybe the pressure of playing at home was a factor, though personally I don’t feel that.

“We are all trying to get the opportunities and to score the goals to get us back into the game.

“Most of our efforts came from distance, and we had a lot of corners, but we were very disappointed not to have scored.”

The U’s are a distant nine points adrift of the play-offs.

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