Writer: StevieG Col U
Date:Tuesday March 31 2009
The New Den
COLCHESTER UNITED face a tough trip to high-flying Millwall tonight.
The U's travel to The New Den, looking to bounce-back from last weekend's poor defeat at Scunthorpe. Now with another season in League one beckoning, the U's will be looking to put together a strong end-of-season run.
However, they face a tough task against the in-form Lions, who have won six out of their last seven games. They currently sit in 3rd place in the league.
Colchester manager Paul Lambert said: "Thank goodness for this game. Otherwise, it would have been a very long week.
"This is a good chance to bounce back, after a defeat, and put a few things right. There might be a few changes, although I can't really make that many.
"We were really poor in the second-half at Scunthorpe (3-0 defeat), and the players know how I am feeling."
Millwall hot-shot Neil Harris is unavailable due to a facial injury, so loanee Jason Price will fill in.
Full-back Richard Duffy faces a late fitness check before the match.
While Frenchman Nadjim Abdou (personal reasons) could miss out.
The 31-year-old poked home a priceless injury-time winner after coming off the bench for the Lions at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
After joining on loan last week, Price will be looking to continue his impressive start to life at the New Den.
Colchester midfielder Johnnie Jackson will miss the game in South London because of a hamstring injury obtained at the weekend.
Club captain Chris Coyne is away on international duty with Australia so is unavailable for the games.
Wingers Simon Hackney and Lewis Gobern, both returning from injury, could feature from the off.
The 24-year-old attacker will be keen to help fire the U's to all three points, with a goal against the Lions tonight.
Yeates is currently the U's leading goalscorer this season, with eleven goals, ten in the league, to his name.
Colchester 1-2 Millwall
Colchester: Gerken, White, Reid, Baldwin, Jackson, Yeates, Hammond, Izzet (Elito 82), Perkins, Platt, Wasiu (Vernon 68).
Subs Not Used: Cousins, Coyne, Wordsworth.
Booked: Hammond, White.
Goals: Izzet 35.
Millwall: Forde, Hackett, Robinson, Whitbread, Craig, Grabban (Frampton 75), Laird (Fuseini 57), Abdou, Martin, Harris (Easter 60), Kandol.
Subs Not Used: Edwards, Moore.
Booked: Laird, Hackett, Martin, Grabban.
Goals: Grabban 8, Robinson 22.
Referee: Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire).
Referee: Steven D Cook - Surrey
Assistants: M D Rowley and C J Francis
Fourth Official: S J Long
StevieG Col U's prediction: I'll go for a narrow 2-1 U's win!
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