The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Becky Grey

COLCH­ESTER head coach John McGreal be­lieves a re­newed bond be­tween play­ers and fans will give his side the edge in the bat­tle for the play-offs.

The U’s have been bru­tally hit by in­juries, with 21-year-old mid­fielder Sam­mie Sz­mod­ics and de­fender Lewis Kin­sella, 22, both out for four months fol­low­ing an­kle surgery – a tough blow for two such young play­ers.

More re­cently, 25-yearold cen­tre-back Tom East­man sus­tained a lig­a­ment in­jury and has not played since Fe­bru­ary, but McGreal is grate­ful to sup­port­ers for keep­ing spir­its high.

“You feel that con­nec­tion be­tween the play­ers and the fans,” he said.

“That’s what we’ve wanted to get back and we’ve done that by win­ning games of foot­ball.

“We have had tons of in­juries to con­tend with, but it’s an ex­cit­ing time now.

“We want to make some noise on the pitch and, hope­fully, the fans will be right be­hind us as they have been through­out the sea­son.

“We have to be ex­cited. It’s a fab­u­lous op­por­tu­nity we have but I think there will be a few more twists and turns in the play-off race yet.”

UP­BEAT: John McGreal

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