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Mike Heaps
Season so far

Before Saturday we were unbeaten away and had never lost at Stevenage. Inevitably we lost, particularly as I had mentioned it in their programme ! Blame me! Seriously though, I thought the last hour was our poorest performance of the season so far. Whilst the penalty should never have been given, we then completely switched off to present them with a third goal, game over !We all know we are going to experience these afternoons but we cannot afford many of them if we are serious about promotion. 19 points from 12 games is ok but we need to be more consistent, late goals conceded in our last 2 away games have cost 3 points.

So come on U's play every game to your full potential and get us back into league 1.

Mike Heaps
Luton performance

Superb performance, in atrocious conditions against a top team, just shows what we can do.

Nobody played badly and Eastman, Prosser and Vincent-Young at the back were terrific.

Best wishes to Luke Berry, can't imagine how painful it is to dislocate an ankle.

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!

 


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