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March madness continues for unbeaten U's
Colchester United’s exhausting run of games continues tomorrow.
But you won’t catch boss John Ward or any of his players complaining.
This month has been dubbed March madness by some, in reference to the U’s relentless fixture list.
Colchester’s home clash with Carlisle United this weekend will be their seventh game this month.
They still have three more matches to play in March, before the League One campaign draws to a conclusion.
The U’s have dealt with the demands of the last few weeks impressive well and have embarked on an eight-match unbeaten run.
And Ward believes his players are relishing their recent busy programme.
Ward said: “We seem to have momentum and the mood’s good at the moment.
“We have to try and maintain that and it’s not something we get casual or lazy about.
“We set the tone of the training days and it’s a job for everybody to make sure we keep that.
“At the moment, we’ve got into a bit of a routine, because of the Saturday-Tuesday games.
“We don’t want to break that, because it’s stood us in good stead.
“I’m enjoying this run of games, simply because the team’s playing well.
“The results have been favourable and at the moment, we’re playing pretty decent.
“The squad is staying relatively fit and confident so you have to enjoy these times, as a manager, player or supporter.
“We all had a fantastic day against Preston recently when the crowd and the team all got together.
“We all had a disappointment against Huddersfield with the late equaliser.
“But we shared that and at the end of the game, applause rang round.
“We should all look forward to coming here tomorrow afternoon and seeing if we can get together again.
“If we all work hard together, we’ll have a few more good days and hopefully tomorrow can be one of those.”
Colchester will be looking to avenge their defeat at Brunton Park when they host Carlisle.
The U’s failed to deal adequately with blustery conditions in Cumbria and scummbed to a 1-0 loss, last November.
“It’s too easy to say the weather spoilt the game,” said former Carlisle manager Ward.
“We didn’t deal with the conditions very well and we didn’t play very well.
“We mentioned that recently and it’s a case of putting the record straight, rather than getting revenge.
“We need to do ourselves a bit more justice, like we did at Stevenage who put points past us.”
See Friday’s Gazette for a full preview of Colchester’s game with Carlisle.