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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's 22:16 - Aug 19 with 1154 viewsdurham_exile

After a bizarre start to the season which has seen a draw, two defeats and a victory against Swindon in the Carabao Cup, the Super U’s sit perilously close to the foot of the table with one point from three games.

Better fortune and the old maxim about taking your chances would have seen three more points garnered, but the table doesn’t lie as someone once said.

So, Grimsby Away at Blundell Park on a Tuesday night in August suddenly becomes a must not lose and in my book a must win if we are serious about a promotion challenge.

Grimsby themselves have started reasonably well with an away win at the Globe Arena, a home draw to Bradford and an impressive win in the Carabao Cup against Doncaster followed by a narrow defeat at FGR on Saturday.

Michael Jolley will be looking to heap more misery on the U’s who have yet to determine their best starting XI and who are picking up numerous injuries.

Kane Vincent-Young is the latest quality player to leave the U’s (inevitable given our inability to get out of the basement league after three seasons) but instead of a Championship side he has gone to our Suffolk fiends. I don’t understand why Luton or Charlton were not preferred to the Poorman Road outfit. Anyway, I must let it go but it has been eating into me and continues to do so!

The last two games that I have been to at Blundell Park have resulted in a 1-0 defeat and a 2-2 draw both in 2017. In truth it is not a happy hunting ground for the U’s but then over the past four seasons not too many grounds have been. Harsh perhaps but despite my optimism we are advancing backwards or so it would seem. JM seems incapable of securing the services of a striker whereas virtually every other league two team has signed a new striker or two.

I cannot believe that JM believes his squad is good enough to go at least one place better this season when like for like signings have been woeful.

The red card for Bramall looks even worse now after KVY departure and although Ryan Clampin played out of his skin on Saturday he was injured, and it is doubtful whether he will play on Tuesday evening. Cameron James looks set to deputise. Cohen Bramall of course remains suspended after his red card against Swindon.

Dean Gerken was at fault with the winning effort from Cambridge on Saturday. But I expect him to play against the Mariners. In truth when the results are going against you that’s when the freakish goals and mistakes occur.

Notwithstanding the loss of Frankie Kent and Kane Vincent-Young our defence still has good players; notably Tom Eastman and Ryan Jackson. JM must bite the bullet and drop Luke Prosser. There is no point in signing someone like Omar Sowunmi only to leave him on the bench. Get him into the team at Grimsby. His physical presence is important in the back four and for corners when we are on the attack.

It is the midfield where JM still doesn’t know his best formation. There is no question that Harry Pell is sorely missed but he is still not fully fit and so shouldn’t play. Ben Stevenson and Tom Lapslie (injured) are able deputies. The problem is who plays on the wings; Luke Gambin was brought in to do a job and is predominantly left footed. But one of JM’s failings is his favourites tag, hence Courtney Senior often starting and then fading away badly during a game. He is even worse when the heavier pitches come into play during the winter months. But can they both play in the same team. I say yes if only to give two flank options but will they no not at present.

Jevani Brown was brought in to replace Sammie Szmodics (who continues to warm the bench at Bristol City, another unused sub at the weekend). Brown continues to receive mixed reviews. I thought he had a cracking game at Plymouth, but he has since been criticised for his indifferent performances particularly against Cambridge on Saturday. Professionalism over sentiment was the strap line which was clearly ignored. There should be no such confusion against the Mariners. He has ability and looks good on the ball, let him play the number 10 role and give him plenty of licence to cover every blade in the opposition half.

The strikers are in an exclusive club of two. Nouble and Norris. But they are no Warboys and Bannister aka Smash and Grab.

Can Junior be recalled early from Ireland or is he going to be another wasted signing. If there is feverish activity behind the scenes to sign a striker, it is being done with such secrecy that MI5 would be looking jealousy at our agents in the field. The silence is deafening.

As could be seen on Saturday the bench is wafer thin with a lack of experience and youth. Grimsby have Hanson a dedicated striker with bags of experience, Swindon have just signed on loan Doyle from Oldham. These strikers are just what we need. Failing that a Championship club U23 striker with an eye for goal. RC get your cheque book out you have the thick end of £1m available.

So, expect something along these lines at Blundell Park on Tuesday:

Gerken

Jackson Eastman Sowunmi James

Comley Stevenson Gambin

Brown

Norris Nouble

Subs:
Ross Prosser Chilvers Hasanally Poku Senior Kensdale

Of course, if Clampin is fit then he plays at left back and James drops to the bench.

Expect a thunderstorm in North Lincolnshire early doors tomorrow, but by the evening kick off it will be partly sunny and 16 degrees Celsius with only a 10% precipitation risk.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful who will be making the 186-mile journey each way. My trip is a mere 133 miles each way.

Oh, and the scoreline 3-1 to Colchester with Chuck Norris on the scoresheet with a brace and Jevani Brown to open his account with a 25 yarder.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s



Durham_exile

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 22:23 - Aug 19 with 969 viewsGOSBTS

Great preview Durham and love the optimism with regards to the Brown 25 yarder! Only positive from Saturday is that a Tuesday night game is the best and quickest opportunity to redeem it. Will be following on SkySports news I think. Up the U's!
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 23:31 - Aug 19 with 950 viewsmfb_cufc

You can watch this game live on ifollow for £10.

Just go to the OWS and follow the links on ifollow, as this:-

https://www.cu-fc.com/ifollow/subscribe/#MatchPassAvailability

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 04:03 - Aug 20 with 936 viewsghughes11

Might seem a bit negative, but why not try out 3-5-2???

Gerken

Eastman Sowunmi Prosser

Jackson Comley Stevenson Gambin/Clampin

Brown

Norris Nouble

Actually looks very positive and attacking! So that's a no from McGreal then!

C'mon Col U! I will be watching the full re-run on iPlayer on Thursday morning :-)

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 07:37 - Aug 20 with 923 viewsnoah4x4

Having sold Kent & KVY, then with Bramall suspended and others injured what do we expect from our defence? I am heading for Grimsby, but expect defeat.

However, I reckon McGreal is doing his best with what he has to work with...... Sowumi isn't the solution to replace Prosser. Looks like Bambi on ice with the ball at his feet, and despite his height seems vulnerable in the air. Struggles to get any distance on a clearance. Brown has not impressed as a replacement for Szmodics.

Humes Out!
[Post edited 20 Aug 2019 7:40]
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 13:05 - Aug 20 with 865 viewswessex_exile

Another great preview Durham. Safe travelling to you, Gerry (enjoy your fish and chips), Noah and the rest of the faithful - let's hope your commitment is rewarded with all three points!

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 15:00 - Aug 20 with 845 viewswessex_exile

Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 04:03 - Aug 20 by ghughes11

Might seem a bit negative, but why not try out 3-5-2???

Gerken

Eastman Sowunmi Prosser

Jackson Comley Stevenson Gambin/Clampin

Brown

Norris Nouble

Actually looks very positive and attacking! So that's a no from McGreal then!

C'mon Col U! I will be watching the full re-run on iPlayer on Thursday morning :-)


You can actually watch this one live chap, or does the time difference preclude that possibility?

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 19:01 - Aug 20 with 797 viewsFruitbat

Unchanged from Saturday so Clampin injury not as bad as it looked.
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 19:34 - Aug 20 with 788 viewsgsy163

Having spent the day listening to Kent v Essex I’m the wireless
Should I quit and listen to the match or shall I treat myself to a £10 pass,
????
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:36 - Aug 20 with 767 viewsRSCOSWORTH

2-0 up with both our strikers scoring. Can't be bad. Say it quietly but Norris has three goals already this season and we're still in August!

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:41 - Aug 20 with 762 viewsthrillseeker

Hope JM doesn't do one of his normal inspirational half time team talks
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:50 - Aug 20 with 756 viewsGOSBTS

Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:41 - Aug 20 by thrillseeker

Hope JM doesn't do one of his normal inspirational half time team talks




Following on SkySports News (payday still 7 days away so no match pass for me sadly). Great that both Nouble and Norris have scored. Hope we can see this one out.
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:54 - Aug 20 with 753 viewsGOSBTS

Bugger, 1-2.
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:56 - Aug 20 with 751 viewsRSCOSWORTH

Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:41 - Aug 20 by thrillseeker

Hope JM doesn't do one of his normal inspirational half time team talks


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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:57 - Aug 20 with 750 viewsRSCOSWORTH

Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:50 - Aug 20 by GOSBTS



Following on SkySports News (payday still 7 days away so no match pass for me sadly). Great that both Nouble and Norris have scored. Hope we can see this one out.


Over the last four or five seasons there can't be another team that has thrown away as many two goal leads as we have.

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 21:32 - Aug 20 with 735 viewsthrillseeker

Oh dear
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(No subject) (n/t) on 21:32 - Aug 20 with 734 viewsthrillseeker

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 21:44 - Aug 20 with 723 viewsGOSBTS

On the bright side it could be worse: could be Mansfield letting a 2-0 lead slip at home to Orient, eventually losing 3-2.

But very disappointing second half. Kind of glad I didn't pay money to watch that as I'd have gone to bed even more annoyed!
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 21:51 - Aug 20 with 715 viewspwrightsknees

Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:57 - Aug 20 by RSCOSWORTH

Over the last four or five seasons there can't be another team that has thrown away as many two goal leads as we have.


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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 21:56 - Aug 20 with 712 viewsthrillseeker

Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 21:44 - Aug 20 by GOSBTS

On the bright side it could be worse: could be Mansfield letting a 2-0 lead slip at home to Orient, eventually losing 3-2.

But very disappointing second half. Kind of glad I didn't pay money to watch that as I'd have gone to bed even more annoyed!


There is never a bright side when we lose
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 21:58 - Aug 20 with 711 viewsGOSBTS

Well, we did get a point... (even though I admit it feels like a loss)
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 22:12 - Aug 20 with 692 viewsburnsieespana

4 points lost already this season with us being unable to see outvthe ladt five minutes. Last season repeating itself.
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 00:03 - Aug 21 with 586 viewsdurham_exile

Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 22:12 - Aug 20 by burnsieespana

4 points lost already this season with us being unable to see outvthe ladt five minutes. Last season repeating itself.


The player I feel sorry for tonight is big Frank.
His best performance in a Colchester shirt.
Power pace inventive creative superb goal magnificent performance.
Match report tomorrow.
RC must get the cheque book out because we need a striker.
UTU's

Durham_exile

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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 01:25 - Aug 21 with 571 viewsnoah4x4

Good to sit with Durham and Gerry, but disappointing result after going 0-2 up. To be fair, the Mariners deserved a point where others (like Cambridge) didn't deserve more. Still on bus home at 01-24, around an hour more......zzzzzzz
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 20:38 - Aug 21 with 363 viewsgerry_us

Why did I have a bad feeling about McGreal's half time team talk? The second goal should have convinced him to go for further goals, NOT retreat all eleven players within thirty yards of our goal immediately at the restart. Durham suggested that we would bring on three defenders at half time, obviously in deference to our revered leader and maybe use two keepers!
It is so sad that we are unable to hang on to any lead with the philosophy of McGreal. He must GO NOW before we get into deeper troubles.
Saturday is now a pretty important game but with the same management in place I fear for the same dross.
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Mariners all at sea against the mighty Super U's on 07:14 - Aug 22 with 312 viewsnoah4x4

I think this was a good away point Gerry against a decent team, had it not been for a woeful performance against Cambridge. But I agree about the lack of wisdom in tactics where we sit back trying to defend in our own box that just invites pressure.

However, what lead to both goals was losing the ball whilst in attack, then panic defending that lead to a set-piece (which we then seem to defend poorly) Senior and Brown over-engineer everything and repeatly give the ball away. Senior's work rate to get back and defend is then woeful. But having sold Kent and KVY, vulnerability in defence is perhaps inevitable.
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