Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Thursday February 28 2013
Stevenage boss Gary Smith has said that his side are going to have to take the game to the U's and attack them when Joe Dunne takes his men to Broadhall Way this weekend.
Boro head into the game in real danger of being dragged into trouble at the bottom with Oldham, Scunthorpe, Bury and Hartlepool, as well as the U's, showing signs of life and good form in recent weeks.
The Hertfordshire-based side have, conversely, lost ten of their last twelve games in a run of form that has seen them slide down the table from sitting in fifth just before Christmas.
They approach Saturday's fixture having lost the five of those games on the bounce and Smith believes that the biggest disappointment is seeing a season that had so much potential fall away from before them.
He told the club's official website: 'We're finding ourselves on the wrong side of results and we need to turn them into something more positive.
'It isn't that we're losing games, it's that we're losing the opportunity we had to push on again and maybe fight for that top six.
'Instead we now have to stop the rot and get back into a groove, but there is no doubt that we have good enough players and a strong enough squad, and I know that we have big enough characters.'
Smith himself spent half a year with the U's back in his playing days as Roger Brown's side struggled against relegation out of the Football League, and he admits that he is good friends with the U's current boss Dunne, with the pair of them going on coaching courses together.
Renowned as a rough player with a very physical style, the duo's ethos couldn't be further apart as the Harlow-born Boro boss admitted.
'Joe is a good friend and he's doing a good job with Colchester,' he analysed. 'The season didn't start how they would have liked and they've been chasing it ever since really.
'Joe's philosophy is to play really good football through a possession game, with technically efficient players and he implemented that early on.
'Maybe he's realised slightly that he may have to alter that to get results right now.'
On the contrary, the Irishman has intimated on a number of occasions that, despite advice telling him to do otherwise, he is intent on sticking to the attractive passing game that he is looking to embed within the club.
Whether that proves to be a prudent move in the current predicament remains to be seen but, ever the optimist, one would hope that Dunne has the opportunity to continue to stamp his mark on a League One squad throughout pre-season - who knows how next year could pan out?
Smith continued: 'Joe has made a lot of changes there, with some young and some experienced additions. They had a terrific result against Yeovil in midweek but they've also found life difficult.
'It's extremely important for us to attack this game against a side fighting for points like we are, just as it is important to get a foothold on our own form and back onto the right track.'
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Date:Thursday February 28 2013
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