Monday 5 March 2012


There is an alternative, he could have called himself David Charlton

Colchester make the short trip down the A12 on Tuesday and like so many other teams in the third tier it's unlikely to be very pretty. We probably need to make some changes and use the squad as Sir Chris often suggests he will. There were some very tired looking players at Dean Court on Saturday. Who can blame them. Just two or three need a rest and they can still be on the bench.

Russell, Haynes and perhaps Pritchard would be good to start. I doubt Sir Chris will make any changes but he should strongly be considering it. I'd like to see Haynes got a lot more than 20 minutes and certainly in his more favoured striker position.

It's to be hoped that Hamer is fit to play given that he's found a degree of consistency and confidence of late.

The results of others on Saturday not only enhanced our result but put some of our recent matches into perspective. Whilst we were disappointed with draws against Bury and Rochdale, at least we've not been guilty of throwing away two or three goals leads. At no stage this season have we done that and some of our  displays have demonstrated a strong will to win and to give nothing away. There's wonderful character and team spirit in this side.

We will need to dig deep again tomorrow night in another awkward game. It won't be pretty but a point or even better would be another big step in the right direction.

I see that on Sunday Pardew was spotted acting with all the usual grace and civility that one has grown accustomed to seeing from him. He truly is a bizarre person. Perhaps he felt intimidated by a manager who's achieved so much more than him. Pardew's biggest achievement to date, aside from screwing us over for every last penny, was to secure a ludicrously lengthy contract with current employers. Clearly a person with no sense of shame. I'm ashamed that he was ever our manager. Fortunately Sir Chris would never behave like that.

Let's hope we can do enough to claim another 3 points tomorrow.

Come On You Reds !


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