As published in the Essex County Standard/Colchester Gazette and copied here with their kind permission

"Banter with Burns" 

20 September 2019

You might compare it to Dr Frankenstein in his laboratory,
mixing his formulas and piecing his Monster together to try and find the
perfect combination, and to create life. Such can sometimes be the toil of a
football manager, and although, thankfully, the U’s didn’t need a lightning
strike to get things going, they did need a spark and that spark came in the
form of a good numbers of team changes and a goal scoring centre forward

Whilst the hard work and endeavour at Forest Green was
admirable, the script for the final third was either forgotten or had not even
been written. The U’s have a decent stock of some very good attacking players
and they needed new material to work with. Welcome to the party, Theo Robinson,
Kwame Poku and some fresh legs in midfield to help them

FGR were one of the form teams but apart from the opening
half hour where they exploited gaps in our formation, they really weren’t much
cop. Only an unfortunate own goal was going to get past the excellent Deano and
if the U’s had been more on the side of the officials, then they would have
secured a noble point

Clean sheets aside, and there is no doubting the strength of
the U’s defence, the business end of football is always the opposition’s end
and with too many blanks, John McGreal had to do something. That’s why Theo was
snapped up. That’s why the talented Poku has been accelerated through to the 1st
team, and that’s why 19 year old Brendan Wiredu was given his first
professional start

I missed the Swindon game, and it has been drubbed into me by
friends that I missed the best league performance of the season so far, but
like many of you I have seen the goal highlights and read the comments, and it
did look and sound hugely better. A complete performance that I would like to
see as a catalyst for a strong run in the league continuing with a local derby
win over Orient tomorrow. I have always had a soft spot for the O’s, especially
after their recent trauma and I am delighted they are back in the league, but they
must come unstuck against a more confident U’s team I’m afraid.

They will no doubt bring a strong contingent. Wouldn’t it be

great to see some more U’s bottoms on seats too? Let’s hope so. Another 3

points will nudge us closer to where we want to be. 

Good luck U’s and thanks for all of your support tomorrow.
Quick reminder that there is some cup game next Tuesday at U’s - don’t forget and best arrive early!