'There's a lot of positivity around' - U's Norris ahead of Crawley trip
PUBLISHED: 14:09 31 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 01 January 2019
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Luke Norris remains very positive about 2019, and the possibility of Colchester United winning promotion to League One, despite a couple of home hiccups over the festive period.
The U’s were on cloud nine after winning at second-placed MK Dons before Christmas, a 1-0 victory cementing their position in the top three.
But they have since slipped out of the automatic promotion zone, on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Stevenage on Boxing Day, and then a goalless draw against visiting Morecambe last Saturday.
Striker Norris, the U’s joint leading scorer with eight goals, was disappointed not to hit the target in either match, and has now not scored for 80 days, since a 3-1 win against today’s hosts Crawley Town on October 13. That was the last time the U’s scored more than one goal in a match.
The 25-year-old was sidelined for five weeks with an ankle injury, during that lean spell, but he is keen to regain his scoring touch quickly, preferably in West Sussex this afternoon.
“It’s a big game, Crawley away, after a lot of results went our way on Saturday,” said Norris.
“Hopefully we can get back on the winning trail and start the new year better than the way we ended in.
“I think if you asked us at the start of the season, or any Colchester fan for that matter, that we are going to be sitting in fourth at the end of the year (2018), then everyone would have snapped yours hands off.
“There’s a lot of positivity around. It’s just a shame about the bit of negativity around at the end of the year, but hopefully we can change that at the start of 2019.
“We had a great 3-1 win against Crawley at home, and it would be good to do something similar.
“We were all really down (on Saturday), knowing what sort of position we are in, because promotions don’t come around very often for most players. We’ve got a great chance this year, because a lot of teams are dropping points as well.
“On a personal note, when I get one I’m sure I will start on a scoring run again.
“The ball just hasn’t been dropping for me, and it’s been similar for the rest of the team, nothing is dropping for anyone. We need to get an early goal – if we get an early goal in one of these games, it will change us and we will be back to winning again.”