League Two Gameweek Six: Can Colchester Capitalise?5 min read
Colchester United travel to Boundary Park looking for a third consecutive victory in all competitions. Will they prevail? Or will Oldham Athletic secure back-to-back league wins?
Protest at Oldham
Oldham Athletic fans have organised a protest for this match as, in the eyes of many, there are too many unanswered questions over the Lemsagam regime.
Although the issues at Oldham are slightly different to those at Bury, who have this week been expelled from the EFL, there are overlaps in terms of lack of transparency, so the news regarding the neighbours leaves some fans fearing for the wellbeing of their club.
On the field, the Latics climbed out of the embryonic relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 win at Cambridge.
— Ant Duffy (@AntDuffy) August 24, 2019
That victory was very welcome, but the performance – in which Oldham camped in their defensive third and rarely put pressure on the ball – may highlight their mentality this term.
Christopher Missilou, for example, was a very tenacious presence in midfield last season, but he among others was not engaging with the ball as high up the pitch last time out – the fact the Frenchman has not attained a yellow card so far this year, yet had picked up three by this stage of 2018-19, seems revealing.
Oldham tried opportunistic balls down the channels, without necessarily having suitable mobility up top in Urko Vera or Chris Eagles – at least until Désiré Segbé Azankpo came on.
Ultimately, their first victory came from a corner as David Wheater, rightly appointed captain recently, headed home – the centre-back’s experience and higher-league pedigree will be invaluable to their efforts.
In many ways, Oldham’s latest display was similar to the ones we saw from them in the second half of their 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns, when John Sheridan took over and essentially got the team playing to avoid defeat, which meant they kept a lot of clean sheets but also struggled for goals.
Right now, it’s a case of avoiding on-field catastrophe while manager Laurent Banide gets to grips with this division.
Colchester’s cup heroics
Colchester United’s penalty shoot-out win over Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup, after a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes, was their first victory over top-flight opposition in this competition since 1979.
That victory – and the subsequent exciting home draw with Tottenham – was exactly what was required to get their season up and running, because they had not had the best start to the league campaign with five points from the first 15 available.
— Colchester United FC (@ColU_Official) August 28, 2019
They needed two moments of good fortune, with goalkeeper Dean Gerken denying Christian Benteke before the Belgian’s next effort hit the bar and bounced on the line.