U’s could turn good start into a great one

COLCHESTER United could turn a good start to the season into a great one with two homes wins within the space of the next four days.

The U’s remain unbeaten after their opening seven League One matches, but have had to settle for draws in five of those games and are yet to record a home victory.

Deadlocks against newly-relegated Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth, fellow undefeated side Carlisle and pre-season title favourites Southampton are certainly not to be sniffed at.

However, Colchester now have a golden opportunity to push on from solid foundations with the visit of struggling duo Tranmere Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge to The Weston Homes Community Stadium today and next Tuesday respectively.

U’s boss John Ward is wary of his side’s favourites tag for these matches though.

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He said: “The people who say we will easily win the next two games are the ones that look at things through rose coloured glasses.

“We know we are going to have to work as hard as we have done in our previous games because if my players slip below the standards they have set then we could be in trouble.

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“We’ve had three games at home and haven’t won one yet and I’m sure that won’t be lost on Tranmere. I can’t see them coming here looking for a point because there will be areas of our teams that Les (Parry) will think he can exploit I’m sure.

“They’ve not had a great start, but if they get their tails up early on and score then that all goes out of the window.”

He added: “We’ve drawn a few games now and as the season goes on we’ll need to start capitalising on our good performances.

“And if we can add one or two wins over the next couple of games then it will be just reward for what we’ve done so far.”

- Two-page match preview in today’s EADT.

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