Writer: StevieG Col U
Date:Friday September 25 2009
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Referee: Gavin Ward
Referee: Steve J Bratt - West Midlands
Assistants: D Handley and D P Meeson
Fourth Official: A D Hutchinson
StevieG Col U's prediction: I'll go for a comfortable 3-1 U's win!
Who? Charlton Athletic
Where? Weston Homes Community Stadium
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Date:Friday September 25 2009
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