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Two In A Row? - Tranmere Preview

COLCHESTER UNITED will be hoping to make it consecutive wins, with tomorrow's trip to Tranmere Rovers.

Following last week's 2-0 win, Aidy Boothroyd's first in charge, the U's will be looking to push on up League One.

The home side have endured a tough start to the season, under manager John Barnes, but will be hopeful for a change in fortunes.

Vital Quotes:

U's chief Boothroyd told BBC Essex: 'Tranmere are in a transitional period and the team that are in a transition

'When you're in transition it can either click for you some days and other days it just doesn't work, so we've got to make sure we make it our day.'

He added: 'You've got to kind of focus on yourself, be aware and respectful of the opposition, but it's all about us.'

Tranmere Rovers Team News:

Rovers midfield pair Alan Mahon and Chris Shuker are both likely to start, as Barnes looks to get a win.

Stopper Luke Daniels (knee) is hopeful of being fit, however, Bas Savage (Achilles) misses out.

Player to watch: Michael Ricketts

The well-traveled front-man penned a one-year deal with Rovers in the summer and with power and strength will be a threat against the U's.

Colchester United Team News:

Midfielder Kem Izzet serves the final game of a three-match suspension, against Rovers.

While star duo Pat Baldwin (leg) and Ashley Vincent (ankle) are both still out.

The game comes to soon for right-back Lee Beevers (shoulder) and fellow defender Paul Reid too.

U's: U's: Williams, Cousins, White, Ifil, Bender, Okuonghae, Batth, Tierney, Heath, Hackney, Lisbie, O'Toole, Fox, Wordsworth, Elito, Vernon, Odejayi, Platt, Gillespie.

Player to watch: Kevin Lisbie

The Jamaican forward is in red-hot form, after a penalty double last weekend, and will be looking to take his season's tally to seven.

Last Time Out:

Colchester 0-1 Tranmere

Weston Homes Community Stadium


Colchester: Jimmy Walker, Alan Maybury, Pat Baldwin, Paul Reid (Anthony Wordsworth,) Marc Tierney, Lewis Gobern (Simon Hackney,) David Perkins, Dean Hammond, Mark Yeates, Clive Platt (Jamie Guy,) Scott Vernon.

Subs Not Used: Mark Cousins, John White.

Tranmere: Danny Coyne, Ryan Shotton, Antony Kay, Ben Chorley, Andy Taylor, Chris Shuker, Steve Jennings, Gareth Edds, Charlie Barnett, Bas Savage, Ian Thomas-Moore.

Subs Not Used: Aaron Cresswell, John Achterberg, Paul Henry, Luke Waterfall, Danny Holmes.

Goals: Shotton

Attendance: 3,588

Referee: Gavin Ward

Ref Watch:

Referee: Steve J Bratt - West Midlands

Assistants: D Handley and D P Meeson

Fourth Official: A D Hutchinson

Match Prediction:

StevieG Col U's prediction: I'll go for a comfortable 3-1 U's win!

Next Fixtures:

Who? Charlton Athletic

Where? Weston Homes Community Stadium

When? 29/09/2009

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Writer: StevieG Col U Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 25 2009

Time: 9:01PM

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They have a minus thirteen goal difference!
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26/09/2009 03:33:00

Yep, they're on a really bad run, but its got to end sometime! But really hope its not today!
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26/09/2009 09:31:00


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