U's V Stockport -Preview
COLCHESTER UNITED'S second home game of the week is against Stockport.
This clash was called off at the start of the month, when the U`s were in fine form.
They will now be looking to use it as a spring-board to salvage a late bid for the League One play-off places.
Safe to assume we`ll get a no-score draw, then, right?
Colchester boss, Paul Lambert, said the side`s lack of goals during their slump in three without a win has caused some concern, speaking in the Evening Gazette.
"Our lack of goals over the last three games is definitely a concern to us. We know that we have to do a little bit better in front of goal. We haven`t scored in those games - but it`s not just the strikers. We also need to keep the ball out of the net as well."
David Hoyle, Chairman of Stockport`s Supporter's Trust on the news that Stockport have to find £250,000 by May to stave off the Inland Revenue. This puts recent speculation linking their boss with a move away from the club for Bridgton`s vacancy into perspective.
"Negotiations are ongoing with creditors and it has taken sometime to reach a figure that we feel would secure the future of this football club. With a target in mind I urge fans to give what they can to help us secure the future of Stockport County Football Club. If we do not raise the money, then there is a serious cloud over our future."
Colchester Team News:
Paul Reid is set for a Colchester return after missing the weekend`s tie with suspension, but Steven Gillespie is not a dead-certain starter despite his featuring during the second half of the Southend game.
Defender John White is contention for a return, with Johnnie Jackson`s injury referred to a specialist. He is expected to resume full-contact training next week.
Player to watch: Paul Reid
His likely return to the side could see him meet against Matty McNeil, who was on the receiving end of a when the Stockport player claims was intended to hurt. Could be worth keeping an eye on.
Stockport County Team News:
County have two confirmed injury-victims, Peter Thompson and Carl Baker but could name either or both Michael Raynes and Johnny Mullins, pending fitness tests.
Player to watch: Tommy Rowe
Scored at the weekend, and the striker will be looking for more goals tonight.
Match Facts & Stats
Stockport 1-2 Colchester
Venue: Edgeley Park
Stockport: Forster, McSweeney, McNulty, Fojut, Rowe, Baker, Dicker (Johnson 90), Raynes (Turnbull 29), Gleeson, Thompson, McNeil (Anthony Pilkington 49).
Subs Not Used: Efon Williams, Kane.
Goal: McNeil 42.
Colchester: Gerken, White, Reid, Baldwin, Jackson, Yeates, Hammond, Perkins, Wordsworth (Izzet 66), Platt, Gillespie (Wasiu 73).
Subs Not Used: Cousins, Heath, Vernon.
Booked: Hammond, Reid, Jackson, Wordsworth.
Goals: Perkins 20, Platt 87.
Ref: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).
Ref: J Linington Assistants: O Sally & J Woolard Fouth Official: D Buck
Matt_Us Match Prediction: Close game, 1-1.
Colchester will face Hartlepool United.