Elland Back

img_0533_webAway to Leeds and another new name in the starting line-up – Alan Maybury a former Leeds player, although his first team appearances amounted to a meagre 14 times in 6 years. The history between the two clubs won’t be lost on many people but it seems it was too much for a lot of the Leeds supporters who stayed away in sufficient numbers to drop the attendance below 20,000 for only the second home league match this season. Christmas shopping while Colchester are in town must be the order of the day. Judging by the radio commentary the referee decided to play the role of Santa for us today. He held a Leeds player off the pitch just before half-time while we scored our equaliser, and then showed a second yellow card for an innocuous tackle which then gave us a free kick in Yeates’ territory which he converted in typical fashion.

img_1149_webIt was great to hear the Leeds fans in the background on the radio broadcast reacting just as we do at Cuckoo Farm when things aren’t going well. We’ve had plenty of opportunity to practice the ‘aahs’ and ‘ohhh’s and groans and ‘no’s and it’s good to know that we don’t have the monopoly on those reactions. Perhaps we’re luckier than Leeds since we only get around 4,000 moaning and groaning while Leeds can get around 20,000.  One of the biggest differences I sensed in this game was that Colchester were always trying to go forward and create more chances. Teams visiting Cuckoo Farm expect to experience the intimidation of Layer Road and generally play for a draw at every opportunity. The amount of time wasting I’ve seen this season is appalling. You’d think we would have learned a lot from our opponents in this respect but no, we go for broke and lay ourselves bare when perhaps we don’t need to.

img_0423_webI couldn’t hear the singing myself but the commentator on BBC Essex could clearly hear ‘Ring of Fire’ being belted out by the travelling Col U faithful. At the final whistle the celebrations were drowned comprehensively by 10,000+ Yorkshire boo-boys. Who says Leeds are in the wrong League? Actually it’s Colchester that should be back up in the Championship. Come on lads, give us the same at home.

Has anyone else noticed that a very strange thing is happening. Last week we lost and remained 16th in the table. Today, despite winning we remain 16th in the table. Work that one out!


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