Sean Murray hoping to inspire Colchester United to some long-awaited success on the road

Midfielder Sean Murray, looking to strengthen the U's play-off push at Notts County. Picture: STEVE

Midfielder Sean Murray, looking to strengthen the U's play-off push at Notts County. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Sean Murray has no regrets about dropping down a division, following his switch from Swindon to Colchester United in January, as a quick glance at the League tables will confirm.

While Swindon are embroiled in a relegation struggle, and are currently third-from-bottom in League One, the U’s are just two points adrift of the League Two play-offs and are pushing for promotion.

Midfielder Murray will be hoping to inspire the U’s to their first away win of 2017 – their last away victory was at Stevenage on New Year’s Eve – at Notts County tomorrow afternoon.

“I’m delighted to have made that move, the way we are going and the way my old club (Swindon) are going,” admitted Murray.

“It was a good move, and it’s been a lot different. I’m glad I took the decision when I did, and now I’m looking at playing every game.

“Now is our chance, especially as we are only two points adrift of the play-offs. It’s a chance for us to show how badly we want it,

“We want to keep the season going for as long as we can, and for me it feels like a very short season, having only arrived during the transfer window.

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“We’ve been saying for the last few weeks that we need to translate our good home form into our away form. We need to start doing that,” added Murray.

The U’s are without a win on the road in seven attempts, taking just three points from a possible 21.

They have three away games remaining, all against bottom-five clubs in Notts County (tomorrow), Morecambe (Easter Monday) and basement dwellers Leyton Orient, and they need to reignite their away form to stand a chance of making the top seven.

“We are going into this game with confidence, looking at our fine first-half display against Luton,” continued Murray, with reference to last weekend’s 2-1 home win over the Hatters.

“It was very promising, and was very similar to how we started out in the Mansfield game (2-0 win).”

Although Notts County are effectively safe from relegation, 13 points clear of the bottom two with seven games left, Murray is expecting a stern challenge.

“I’ve been in Notts County’s position a few times, when I was at Watford,” said Murray. “You just want to give a good account of yourselves, and I know that they won’t take their foot off the gas.”

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