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Match Preview | Wayne Brown

Head Coach looks ahead to Harrogate trip

1 April 2022

Colchester United face a trip North this weekend, taking on Harrogate Town in the latest League Two fixture.

The hosts sit comfortably in mid-table in the league, five points and five places above the twentieth placed U's.

The U's go into the game in better form though, having won three of the last five matches, against Harrogate's solitary win in their last five.

And winning is all that is on Interim Head Coach Wayen Brown's mind at the moment, with the U's still fighting for the points to keep them away from the bottom two in the division.

He said on Thursday afternoon: "The target is to win on Saturday, it's as simple as that. We'll do all we can, and have done all we can this week, to prepare the lads the best way we see fit."

"We've kept them fresh, it's obviously a long trip up there and it's all about prepaing them to win a game of football at Harrogate this weekend.

"Then, hopefully after we have managed to do that, we can concentrate on getting ready for the next game."

The last of those three wins in five came at home against Tranmere last weekend, and Wayne clearly wants another one this time round.

"Three points is the be all and end all at the moment with the position we find ourselves in and it was nice to come off the pitch with a late goal going our way instead of getting back to the changing room having conceded late like the Carlisle and Orient games.

"The buzz, the atmosphere, the happiness, call it what you will, was very good after the Tranmere game and rightly so - you have to make the most of it."

Brown also wants his side to convert chances when they come, something that has been missing at times this season.

He said: "The better the opposition you're playing against, the more your chances are going to be limited. The eighteen or nineteen shots we had against Carlisle and Orient, that wasn't going to be the case against a well organised Tranmere team."

"When chances do come our way, we have to be clinical, and we have to be ruthless. Junior was when the chance fell to him, and we have to replicate that in the remaining games." 

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