Fan Q & A: Hartlepool -vs- U's
Q: Sum up the season so far in three words.
Uninspiring, disappointing, frustrating.
Q: It looks like survival secured this season then. But is a story of could-do-better or are the fans happy?
Very much could do better, we brought in 12 new signings last summer and despite a lot of promises we've simply failed to perform this season. Fans are unhappy at the perceived lack of ambition at the club and another season scrapping for our lives was not the plan.
Q: Jeff Winter`s column on your site detailed that, despite being Stockport in mid-week, there were still chants of discontent against the manager, Chris Turner coming from supporters. So, is he on the brink of a sacking?
Not really, and there lies one of the major problems. Turner is a close friend of the chairman and has never looked like getting sacked, despite getting some appalling results with equally bad performances.
Q: What are you expecting from the last four games of the season and in particular Colchester this weekend?
We have four games, none of which are against the form teams, and a single win would see us pretty much safe, however, after fielding an ineligible player in a recent game we look likely to get three points deduction meaning I'd say we need two wins from four to be sure.
Q: The U`s are without a goal-threat from the suspected Anthony Wordsworth, who has ten this season but Kevin Lisbie has had a suspension overturned and will play. Who should U`s fans look out for from a Pools point of view this weekend?
Roy O'Donovan has been in lethal form, scoring three in his last four games. He's been a key player since arriving on loan from Sunderland and he'll be our main threat tomorrow.
Q: What sort of form has former Manchester United youngster and former Colchester loanee Ritchie Jones enjoyed this season?
He's been in and out of the side this season. One week he looks very good, only to disappoint the next. He's not been given a long run in the side, after a bad performance he's usually the first to be dropped, even if he's been one of the better players the previous week.
Q: League One`s top-six battle means Colchester need as many points as possible to get back there after a recent slump. But who is going to win the title?
Norwich, they've been the best side this season and have ground out results even when playing badly. I was a bit shocked at the slump Charlton suffered which has ruled them out of contention for the title while Leeds are just too inconsistent.
Q: Who in our team would you like to take and who would you send our way?
I'm a big fan of David Prutton, he's got a lot of quality and a lot of experience too. There's a lot of our squad I'd want rid of, we seem to have been saddled with a lot of average journeyman footballers, take your pick!
Q: Be brave... predict a score...?
2-1 to Pools, I think it'll be a good game with both sides having a lot to play for but we'll just edge it.
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