Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

Opposing View - Hull

Opposing View - Hull

How do you rate your chances Tuesday at Layer Road?

You've won seven in a row at home so it won't be an easy game. At the start of the season., I didn't think this fixture would be of much concern but it looks a lot more difficult now. Providing we don't concede any early goals, I think we should be okay.

Where do you think our respective teams will finish come May?

Despite our current league position, I don't think we will be relegated, although we wont venture too far up the league table. For yourselves, it is only your home form that has you in your current league position. Due to that, you might finish around 17th or 18th.

Who do you think will win the Championship and why?

Birmingham seem on a great run of form and at the moment it seems it will be them who will be crowned champions. With money to spend, and an already talented squad, I can see them winning the title. Preston may be able to push them close though.

Who do you rate as your star man, and why should we be aware of him?

I would have to say Craig Fagan, closely followed by Stuart Elliott. You don't need me to tell you about Fagan but his trickery on the right-wing has caused so many problems this season. If only he could cross a ball! Stuart Elliott appears to have regained his form after being diagnosed with an exercise related asthma problem. He doesn't always do much in a game, but has the ability to pop up and net a goal. Those type of players are extremely valuable to any team.

I am surprised that some of your Fans have already turned on Phil Parkinson, what is the general feeling at the present considering you have started to pick up points?

Many fans have ridiculous expectations. Having changed the manager and several members of the playing staff, some still believe we have this God given rite to be challenging at the top end of the table. Parky has started much worse than many of us would have predicted, but I still stand by the manager. The arrival of Phil Brown should do much to improve our fortunes.

Peter Taylor or Phil Parkinson?

Very, very difficult. Taylor is arguably our greatest ever manager having led us to back to back promotions and we must be eternally thankful for his achievements. However, the way he left the club left a bitter feeling amongst the fans, myself included. For that reason, I wouldn't want him back now after the lack of loyalty shown. Parky has the potential to become a hero but he must make sure we survive this season first of all. I honestly couldn't decide between the two. They both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Phil seemed intent on playing 4-5-1 here but without the right players what`s your preference 4-4-2 or 4-5-1.

Very similar rot our current situation. Fagan is now a right winger whilst our best centre-back was until Norwich, playing as a CM, although he was doing very well. Since playing 4-5-1, we have started to pick up more points but it seems some fans view the tactic as negative. Of course, Parky likes to acknowledge the formation as a 4-3-3, especially at home! I don't care what formation he plays, providing we win every game!


Thanks Matt and all the best for the rest of the season!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Deeno
Date:Tuesday November 28 2006
Time: 9:00AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Colchester United Articles

51 Clubs Receive EFL Family Excellence Award - 2016/17

The Football League have recognised a record 51 clubs in the 2016/17 Family Excellence Awards.

Potential League Two Make Up 2017/18 (28/4/17)

With a few games remaining in the 2016/17 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

More Reliable Than A League 2 Octopus? (24/4/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League Two positions for 2016/17.

League Two 2016/17 Golden Boot Battle (21/4/17)

With all playing 43 League Two games in the 2016/17 season, this year could still see a few players break the 20 goal mark.

Archived Vital Colchester Articles

Vital Colchester articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Colchester v Rochdale
Suggested By:
Colchester win59%
Rochdale win33%
Draw8%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Doncaster 44 25 10 9 85 33
P Plymouth 44 25 8 11 83 24
P Portsmouth 44 24 9 11 81 33
4 Luton 44 18 17 9 71 22
5 Exeter 44 20 8 16 68 18
6 Blackpool 44 17 16 11 67 22
7 Stevenage 44 20 6 18 66 7
8 Mansfield 44 17 14 13 65 5
9 Wycombe 44 18 11 15 65 4
10 Carlisle 44 16 17 11 65 -1
11 Cambridge 44 18 9 17 63 7
12 Colchester 44 17 12 15 63 6
13 Accrington 44 16 14 14 62 3
14 Grimsby 44 17 10 17 61 -2
15 Barnet 44 13 15 16 54 -6
16 Notts County 44 15 8 21 53 -22
17 Crewe 44 13 13 18 52 -11
18 Morecambe 44 14 9 21 51 -18
19 Crawley 44 13 11 20 50 -16
20 Yeovil 44 11 16 17 49 -13
21 Cheltenham 44 11 14 19 47 -16
22 Newport 44 11 12 21 45 -22
23 Hartlepool 44 10 13 21 43 -21
R Leyton Orient 44 10 6 28 36 -36
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
May 6 2017 5:30PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
The Vital Football Members League