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Mike Heaps
Rest of the Season

I write this after Mikael Mandron's late header on Tuesday night, a real boost for everyone connected with the club. The U's had to dig deep in the second half but showed the steel and commitment that was missing in January.
I believe this is the best squad we have had for some years and that, arguably, we have the best manager since Parky (Lambert was looking out for himself) . Even when it doesn't come off you can see we are trying to play football and with a bit more of a killer instinct we can make those play offs. However, it is important that we see off Crewe, Barnet and Morecambe because six of our last seven are against teams currently above us in the table. Up the U's
Mike

Mike Heaps
Happy New Year ?

After an impressive run of just 2 defeats in 17 games, during which we played some excellent football, it all came to a shuddering halt on Saturday. A moment of inexcusable indiscipline by Kyle Reid (do we want to keep him or should he be sent to Coventry !) and some uncharacteristically poor defending cost us. Why did Sammie not come on ? Is this down to the dreaded January window ?
During our good run I thought this was the best team we have had for some years and one that would improve on last season and reach the play offs. However, something has been missing in the last 3 games that suggests it may not happen.
We need a high standard of performance at Wycombe and a win over Grimsby, as it is vital that we get back to winning ways at home.
Up the U's
Mike

Mike Heaps
Barnet trip

After the ball spent most of the first half in the air, we at last played some football in the second half. Ref or his assistant should have seen the handball on the line (Mandron was sent off at Cheltenham for the same offence !).
Sammie Szmodics changed the game, as well as his fantastic strike, he was all action, beating defenders and making them hurry their clearances. He probably does not have the stamina to do that for 90 minutes but once he is fully fit I would like to see him given a run in the team.

Mike Heaps

Jon Burns
Super Sammie Szmodics

Super Sammie Szmodics

Mike Heaps
Observations

I read on the BBC football website that Steve Evans has said he doesn't understand why his supporters had a go at their players after we beat them on Saturday. He has a point. In my view this was our best performance of the season and the first time we have actually beaten a decent side. Our away form has been poor, but I would never be abusive to our players. If they have not played well, as in the first four away games this season, I simply go back to the coach (via the gents!) at the final whistle. If we have played well, even if we have lost (as at Doncaster and Plymouth last season), then I will stay and applaud the players. Nobody needs to tell them if they have had a bad game and they are right to applaud the fans who often make long journey's to watch them.

Mike Heaps
Start to the season

Disappointing start to the season. If we are to get anywhere near promotion this time, we need to match the kind of performance Luton put in against us yesterday. Over the first 3 league games we are well short of that. On paper we look strong in midfield but, Sean Murray's performance against Stevenage aside, we have been second best in all 3 games. Defensively we lack organisation and I felt sorry for Mikael Mandron yesterday, left isolated up front with no service. There is hope ! Good, fast paced performance against Villa that we need to take into the league games and 3 of the next 4 at home. Luton are possibly the best team we will face. Come on you U's.

Mike Heaps
Leyton Orient

Extraordinary finish to game. Seems like common sense prevailed with the EFL and both sides agreed just to go through the motions for the last 8 minutes.
Every sympathy with Leyton Orient, but think the protesters might have come off the pitch after 30/45 minutes in respect to us. Point made, media attention grabbed etc. Good win for the U's, still in with a chance when you look at next week's fixtures.
Finally, for those people who are still contacting Radio Essex to call for Robbie Cowling's head, be careful what you wish for. Cue Leyton Orient !

Trevor Bailey
Chris Porter

I fully concur with Brian Diggle's comments.Chris Porter is the epitome of a good honest professional who plys his trade with a minimum of fuss game after game. Incidentally, it's good to hear from Brian with whom I played in the Prettygate school football team back in 1961-62. If I remember correctly, Brian scored the newly formed team's first ever goal!

Mike Heaps
Chris Porter

Just read Brian Diggle's comments about Chris Porter. Couldn't agree more. Chris works his socks off for the U's game after game, often with little support from team mates or referees. He has played through the pain barrier and is in double figures for the season. How many goals would we have scored since Kurtis Guthrie's injury without him ?

brian diggle
mr

supported col u since 1962 and went to the game at crewe. although we lost I thought that some of the comments directed at chris porter were disgusting and un called for. I live in n.wales now and I hope to go to Morecombe to see if we can get a result there. I just hope that chris does not get the same abuse this time. he is a very good professional player and a credit to the club. well done to the manager who has done good getting the squad bonding .look foreward to the game at Morecombe.

 


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