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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium 11:06 - Apr 13 with 3297 viewsdurham_exile

The advantage of playing three games a week is that you don’t have to wait too long before the next game comes along. Among the disadvantages (if you don’t win) is the strain on players fitness.

Now many people are fixated on the two turning points in Tuesday night’s game against the Hatters. The Goodman mistake and the penalty miss. As glaring as they both were, the game was lost because we failed to take our chances and Stockport capitalised on the few they had. Not dissimilar to the Wrexham game.

Teams challenging for promotion find a way to win whilst the relegation threatened teams play well but do not do enough to win. Simples.

Criticism of DC has been prevalent this week. With some observers suggesting another change of manager is required. This is nonsense of course. 15 points from 16 games is indifferent form but at least four of those drawn games should have been converted into victories. We would already have been safe. Sadly, we continue to struggle.

Midfield players electing to take penalties when DC says that all players practice them in training. Fortunately, we managed to score some against Spurs. That form must be recaptured. We simply cannot afford this profligacy in front of goal.

Today the roadshow moves to the Broadfield Stadium in West Sussex where in front of a sell out home crowd and 1000 of the faithful the U’s will attempt to secure three more precious points to avoid the fate almost worse than death.

And I think they will manage a vital victory by 3-1 to dent Crawley’s faint play off hopes whilst rekindling the U’s survival.

It is all about the players and whether they want a Relegation on their CV or whether they can demonstrate an ability and desire to secure League Two status for another season.

Enough of the false dawns, failures to convert draws to wins, indifferent goal scoring, missed penalties, inability to score more than one goal in a game and feeling sorry for themselves in the changing room after a game.

Nothing less than a win is required today. If you want any motivation then look at the supporters and players of Stockport after they had won on Tuesday night. The joy, adulation and let’s admit it relief was palpable and that just annoys me more. I am heartily sick and tired of watching other teams celebrate a point or a victory against the U’s.

I want the faithful to be dancing with joy at 4.50 pm today following a relegation saving victory against Crawley.

Scott Lindsey and Jamie Day have worked wonders for the Reds to get them to this position but the U’s are better than this, much better than this and the three points will finally put the nails in FGR and Sutton’s coffins.

Remaining fixtures:

Grimsby 42 43
Crewe A
COL U A
Swindon H
Crawley A

Sutton 43 39
Harrogate A
Crawley H
MK Dons A

Colchester 41 38
Crawley A
Grimsby H
Notts Co A
Doncaster H
Crewe H

FGR 43 36
Wrexham A
Morecambe A
Notts Co H

DC said that the 24 players who regularly train will be needed so let’s start to get tough.

I’m not really anti Chilvers, I just think he has wasted his talent. He just doesn’t tackle; he fails to track back; he doesn’t convert enough chances and he thinks the world owes him a living. Back on the bench for Mr Chilvers today.

Team:

Goodman

Richardson Kells Hall Iandolo

Read McGeehan Smith

Mingi Tovide Akinde

Subs
Dallison Hornby Fevrier Ihionvien Chilvers Anderson Edwards (if fit) or Jay

Mingi although brilliant at Right Back must play further up field where his forward runs will be most effective. Richardson is back at RB and with Kells and Hall, Iandolo offer a more solid and structured flat back four.

Read, McGeehan and Smith are the dream Midfield trio and Mingi can support Tovide and Akinde up front.

Options from the bench would be Fevrier, Ihionvien, Chilvers and Edwards if fit.

Crawley weather will be mild 17 degrees Celsius, sunny but breezy.

Today is where we finally decide to stop the indifferent results and play with confidence and belief. The faithful will give support in spades. It is up to the players to perform to the best of their ability.

Survival remains in our own hands, time to get safe for another year.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s



Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 11:30 - Apr 13 with 2150 viewsburnsieespana

Survival is as you say durham still in our own hands but we urgently need a win against the odds and today is the day.

Good to have Kells back in the side for his aggression in both boxes and I think he will get us the winner today and ensure a clean sheet.
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:19 - Apr 13 with 2084 viewsmfb_cufc

U's side to face Crawley: Hornby, Mingi, Hall, Dallison, Smith, Read, Chilvers, Iandolo, Fevrier, McGeehan, Hopper

U's subs are Richardson, Harbottle, Wilkinson, Jay, Akinde, Tovide, Goodman

This is Sam Hornby's first EFL start since November 2022

Colchester boss Danny Cowley has made four changes to his starting line-up

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:24 - Apr 13 with 2081 viewsburnsieespana

No Kells? Injured again?
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:27 - Apr 13 with 2077 viewsMoor_Pinot

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:19 - Apr 13 by mfb_cufc

U's side to face Crawley: Hornby, Mingi, Hall, Dallison, Smith, Read, Chilvers, Iandolo, Fevrier, McGeehan, Hopper

U's subs are Richardson, Harbottle, Wilkinson, Jay, Akinde, Tovide, Goodman

This is Sam Hornby's first EFL start since November 2022

Colchester boss Danny Cowley has made four changes to his starting line-up


Tricky teamsheet to fathom Mick. I guess there's injuries etc we don't know but no Ihionvien at all and Chilvers up front! We shall see!
Up the looking upwards one day U's

Moor Pinot

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:37 - Apr 13 with 2065 viewsburnsieespana

Dc banned from touchline today I believe.
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:49 - Apr 13 with 2055 viewsmfb_cufc

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:37 - Apr 13 by burnsieespana

Dc banned from touchline today I believe.


Correct. Danny Cowley is serving a one-match touchline ban today following his booking against Stockport.

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:50 - Apr 13 with 2054 viewsfranksic1988

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 14:37 - Apr 13 by burnsieespana

Dc banned from touchline today I believe.


That’s one advantage 😂 we have more chance now
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:01 - Apr 13 with 2039 viewsdurham_exile

Looks like 4,5,1

This is a vital game.
No mistakes can be made.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:26 - Apr 13 with 2008 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:01 - Apr 13 by durham_exile

Looks like 4,5,1

This is a vital game.
No mistakes can be made.

Up the U's


Tom Hopper 1-0

Come on the U's

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:43 - Apr 13 with 1984 viewsgerry_us

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:26 - Apr 13 by durham_exile

Tom Hopper 1-0

Come on the U's


Can't help thinking it's a good move to reinstate Hornby. He has everything to prove whereas loanee Goodman hasn't.
Can we achieve a shutout today, would be much appreciated?
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:44 - Apr 13 with 1983 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:43 - Apr 13 by gerry_us

Can't help thinking it's a good move to reinstate Hornby. He has everything to prove whereas loanee Goodman hasn't.
Can we achieve a shutout today, would be much appreciated?


Sadly not Gerry now 1-1

Come on the U's

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:45 - Apr 13 with 1980 viewsgerry_us

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:44 - Apr 13 by durham_exile

Sadly not Gerry now 1-1

Come on the U's


Ah! Sorry I posted now.
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:47 - Apr 13 with 1979 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:45 - Apr 13 by gerry_us

Ah! Sorry I posted now.


McGeehan 2-1

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:51 - Apr 13 with 1977 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:47 - Apr 13 by durham_exile

McGeehan 2-1

Up the U's


HT 2-1

Another goal second half needed.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:54 - Apr 13 with 1967 viewsburnsieespana

Keep it up Colcheter
[Post edited 13 Apr 15:59]
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:59 - Apr 13 with 1949 viewsburnsieespana

Sutton winning at Harrogate but FGR 4 down to Wrexham. Massive 45 mins ahead
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:03 - Apr 13 with 1930 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 15:59 - Apr 13 by burnsieespana

Sutton winning at Harrogate but FGR 4 down to Wrexham. Massive 45 mins ahead


It remains between Sutton and Colchester but we have those 2 games in hand.

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:09 - Apr 13 with 1920 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:03 - Apr 13 by durham_exile

It remains between Sutton and Colchester but we have those 2 games in hand.

Up the U's


Hopper on a hattrick 3-1

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:17 - Apr 13 with 1900 viewsCrashBandicoot

Sutton drawing and goodbye Mr Vince...

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:21 - Apr 13 with 1895 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:17 - Apr 13 by CrashBandicoot

Sutton drawing and goodbye Mr Vince...


It's all good news.

Up the U's

I am so pleased for Tom Hopper.
It would be great for him to score a hattrick

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:41 - Apr 13 with 1859 viewsCrashBandicoot

Harrogate 2-1 Sutton

Sorry scratch that it's 2-2
[Post edited 13 Apr 16:49]

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:49 - Apr 13 with 1821 viewsburnsieespana

End of Tovide's season@
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:49 - Apr 13 with 1819 viewsburnsieespana

Come on U's don't let this slip
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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:50 - Apr 13 with 1817 viewsdurham_exile

Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:41 - Apr 13 by CrashBandicoot

Harrogate 2-1 Sutton

Sorry scratch that it's 2-2
[Post edited 13 Apr 16:49]


Sutton 2-2

More disturbing is Tovide's red card.

Simply not good enough only on the field a matter of minutes.

Misses next three games.
A disgrace.

Durham_exile

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Reds, left red faced by DC's blue and white army at Broadfield Stadium on 16:55 - Apr 13 with 1801 viewsCrashBandicoot

Yeah tovide needs to learn to keep his cool and not make rash mistakes. A win over Grimsby should see us safe though.

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