By Bernard Mensah
Colchester United now look destined for relegation after a last-gasp Callum Saunders goal snatched away a much-needed victory against bottom side Crewe Alexandra.
George Moncur’s penalty wasn’t enough to see the game through as Colchester drew 1-1 away at Crewe after conceding a goal in the final minutes of the game losing out on three points that Colchester United desperately needed to cling onto any hope of survival in SkyBet League One.
A poor run of results throughout the season has left Colchester United fighting a seemingly losing battle to escape relegation zone.
With three games of the league remaining, Colchester United sits uneasy in 23rd place with 39 points, which means they’re eight points away from safety. It seems fans hardly have any hope of survival, as even consecutive victories in the following three games still will not be enough to secure their spot in League One next season.
Kevin Keen, the Colchester manager expressed his frustration with the final result in the post-match interview, when he stated “It’s really disappointing for the club and for the fans that we didn’t manage to hang on. Once you’ve gone in front, you’ve got to see that out on a night like tonight and a pitch like tonight when it means so much.”
Fans also shared similar thoughts to the manager and turned to social media to express their frustration. One Colchester fan tweeted “Can’t even see a game out against a relegated team (Crewe) I just want this season to end now!”
Another fan on the other hand, saw the funny side of Colchester’s impending relegation and tweeted the lyrics of the chant “WE ARE GOING DOWN, WE ARE GOING DOWN!, WE ARE GOING DOWN #Colu.”
Who is held accountable for Colchester’s poor run of results and their embarrassing defensive record this season is up to debate. Colchester United has conceded a shocking of total 92 goals this season; more goals than any other team in the Football League and Premier League.
A loyal Colchester fan, Owen Binks reckons managerial decisions in the past have led to the downfall of the club. He argued, “Our managerial appointments are part of the problem. Bringing Tony Humes in, who had no experience of managing a professional club was a bad idea in my opinion, they’ve basically gone with the cheap option and when he left we did the same thing with Kevin Keen.”
“Also our defence has been ridiculously bad all season!”
When asked as to whether relegation would affect the U’s financially, he continued, “It depends on our crowds next season etc. If we do well in League 2 then hopefully our crowds won’t drop any lower.
A cup run would be nice too although the prize money from this years cup run has gone nowhere so far.”
Relegation could possibly influence the departure of some quality players for Colchester United. Leading scorer, George Moncur with 13 goals for the club this season, could be tempted to make a move away from the club in an attempt to continue playing League One football or at a higher level.
Owen says, “I’d love to see him stay but I can’t see it. Some Championship team will probably snap him up. I’m just hoping it’s not Ipswich!”
Owen Binks was recently awarded for the loyalty he has shown for to the club. He has appeared in a total of 124 consecutive league and cup games for the U’s. He was paid a visit at his house by Colchester United Legends Karl Duguid and Kem Izzet to thank him for the level of support and commitment he displayed to the U’s. In addition he received a signed shirt by all the players. Owen felt honoured by the gesture, “It was amazing and very nice of the players.”
Colchester United must win all three remaining games and rely on other teams to drop points if they are to avoid relegation like they did last season. But the lack of results and average performances this season makes this highly unlikely for the U’s.