Date:Wednesday August 11 2010
You can forgive a fan for early-season fantasies, especially when Colchester United go into a potentially tough clash against Sheffield Wednesday in three days, undefeated and with five goals to their name from the first two competitive games of season 2010-11.
John Ward has so far drilled the side well and turned a passing and flexible 4-5-1 formation (4-3-3 when attacking) into the club`s very flexible friend - goals and freedom of expression on the ball aplenty.
Although the Wednesday game will act as a fair acid test, the manager`s invitation for the majority of the weekend`s side to hold down a place for the possible banana-skin cup tie against Hereford on Tuesday worked perfectly.
"The three goals were all high quality and I'm sure our supporters will have liked them," gushed Ward at fall-time. Ian Henderson`s superb cut-inside finish for the final effort was labelled as a training ground finish that actually came off by the local BBC Radio Essex commentators.
Cue the analogy evoking Arsenal:" I`m sure it`ll come out so I might as well tell you; I`m sitting there before the first goal, complaining that we just want to score the perfect goal. The next touch is David Mooney`s in the back of the net and the boys have burst out laughing, because well, there it is."
Colchester are playing their best football since this time a year ago, when Paul Lambert sensationally left for rivals Norwich and Ward`s welcome experimentation - perhaps out of necessity through lack of strikers but still - with their team is showing good signs. The set-up evokes a similar one deployed by Phil Parkinson, now with Charlton.
He used a three-man attack for some of the highly-successful 2005-6 season, putting Chris Iwelumo (now Burnley) as the target figure, adding support from wingers Mark Yeates (Sheffield United) and the prodigious Greg Halford (Wolves).
The next incantation sees a welcome diversion from long-ball passing, deploying in the triangle Kayode Odejayi, Anthony Wordsworth and Ian Henderson.
It`s working so far: too soon to predict an attendant promotion, though? Probably.
So what do you think?
Let us know with a comment below, or chat about this article in the forum. Not yet a member? Don't panic, click on the banner below to join in.
Date:Wednesday August 11 2010
Vital F1 Is Go Go Go For The New Season (Thursday March 13 2014)
League 1 MOTM: January Nomination (Dunne) (Wednesday February 5 2014)
Safe Standing - Fans Must Act Now! (Monday January 20 2014)
2006 - U's March To The Top (Thursday February 7 2013)
2006 - Parky's Cup Heroes (Monday January 28 2013)
2007 - U's Visit Portman Road (Sunday January 20 2013)
2010 - Lambert's U's Return (Wednesday January 16 2013)
2011 - Late Drama From Gilly (Monday January 14 2013)
1999 - Introducing Lua Lua (Wednesday January 9 2013)
2000 - Lua Lua Steals Late Win (Tuesday January 8 2013)
|20. Notts County||42||13||4||25||-15||43|
|RUFC - Fans Invited To Training Session
» Rotherham : 17/04/2014 13:14:00
|RUFC - Alan Lee, Alan, Alan, Alan Lee
» Rotherham : 17/04/2014 12:49:00
|Bradford City v Posh - Form Guide
» Peterborough : 17/04/2014 12:00:00
|125 Years Football League - Walsall Greats
» Walsall : 17/04/2014 11:26:00
|Staines Town Defender To Join Swindon
» Swindon : 17/04/2014 11:16:00
|Wolves standards will not slip
» Wolves : 17/04/2014 10:30:00
|RUFC - Skipper Looking For Commitment
» Rotherham : 17/04/2014 09:36:00