Colchester United`s freefall from promotion pack-chasers to play-off push-aways means the only way for Aidy Boothroyd and his team now is up… right?
According to 63% of voters during the website`s latest poll, faith remains in former Watford manager Boothroyd, despite a quite extraordinary-looking capitulation of results in recent weeks, saying he is the right man to take the club forward long-term.
Boothroyd wants to continue the club`s progress as the U`s seek to establish themselves at Championship level in the future but the current run of scores will probably count against him this time around as his side have recorded just one win in 11 outings and taken a poor six points from the last possible 30.
The manager refused to concede that the season is over while there is still, as slim as it is, a mathematical possibility that Colchester could sneak into the play-offs instead of nearest-placed positional rivals, Huddersfield.
It would require Colchester to record three straight wins in the remaining games – something they have not done in 2010 – for the U`s to even eat into the six-point deficit currently separating the teams.
After that, their positional rivals would also have to suffer a winless run akin to United`s own if the Essex side were to regain that top-six advantage.
During post-match after the weekend defeat to Hartlepool, Boothroyd flatly refused to excuse the downturn while also refusing to surrender all hope for the season.
“It`s one of those situations where you can point fingers but it`s pretty pointless because as long as there`s a mathematical chance [to reach the play-offs], then we`ve got to go after it,” Boothroyd told BBC Radio Essex.
“To get in the play-offs, it was sort of an all-or-nothing game for us today. Had we won today, we would have put even more pressure on Huddersfield, but it isn`t to be. As it`s still mathematically possible, then we crack on,” he added.
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