Aidy would like a robots XI

AIDY Boothroyd wants to build a robotic winning machine at Colchester United.

Stuart Watson

AIDY Boothroyd wants to build a robotic winning machine at Colchester United.

The new U's boss admits that consistency is top of his priority list at the Essex club and that he will not rest until every one of his players' are unconsciously carrying out his style of play.

“It's got to be almost like a computer programme where people do things automatically,” said Boothroyd, who made a similar analogy following his side's 1-1 draw with Tranmere last week when claiming that it was a case of getting details into 'the little microchips' in his players' heads.

“The big thing for me is consistency and since I have been here sometimes the defending has been great and sometimes it has been a bit milky.

“We are nowhere near being a winning machine yet. I think we are 60 to 70 per cent along, so there's still a way to go yet.

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“I believe that two and two can make six if you get the team side of things right. The whole point of team play is that you make the sum of the parts add up to more than their individual worth.

“Tuesday was the first time I have really felt we are actually making progress here.

“People talk about belief being the perquisite for winning championships. Well personally I think you've got to see it first, then believe it, then do it. That's why it has been good that we have got two quick wins.”

Huddersfield Town are today's visitors to the Weston Homes Community Stadium and Boothroyd, a former Terriers trainee, is expecting a tough match.

The Yorkshire club spent heavily in the summer but, after a storming start to the season - in which they scored 15 goals in their opening four matches - they have dropped to sixth after failing to win in their last four.

“It's a massive game,” said Boothroyd. “Huddersfield are one of those teams that have shown that, on their day, can score seven goals, but they will also be worried that when we are at it we can do the same.

“They are coming off the back of a sticky spell and they will want to show us what they are about.”

The U's boss is likely to stick to the same side that started the previous two matches against Tranmere and Charlton. Winger Ashley Vincent was thought to be close to a comeback, but was pulled out of the squad on Tuesday night after feeling the ankle injury sustained against Swindon, while defender Pat Baldwin is still a couple of weeks away from a comeback.

COLCHESTER United are already five points better off than they were after 10 games the season they were promoted to the Championship.

In the 2005/6 season, Phil Parkinson's U's were 15th at this stage of the season after claiming 13 points. In contrast, the current Colchester side are riding high in fourth with 18 points.

In addition, Aidy Boothroyd's current U's team has scored twice as many goals (20 compared to 10) and conceded two less (nine compared to 11) than the class of 05/06 did after 10 games.

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