Date:Saturday April 28 2007
The Britannia Stadium
Saturday 28 April
The fourth-best attended league in the world draws to an exciting conclusion for Colchester United and Stoke City in this Campionship fixture.
With Southamton, Stoke and Colchester all going into the game level ob 69 points and anyone up to 10th place take still make the top six, a win is vital for some addeded time during the U's maiden strint at the level. Somewhere, hearts will be broken...
Stoke: “This club has a very weak entomic base and, unless we can change, the club doesn’t have a long-term future in terms on top-flight football. That means better season-ticket sales, commercial income, better everything.
“At the moment, our income puts us in the bottom end of the Championship, but here we are in the top third of the table on the field.” – Chairman, Peter Coates
Colchester: “I think Stoke’s strength lies in their organisation.” “They play in banks of four and the thing that swung it in our favour in the home game was that we scored first.” “It’s important that we don’t go in gung-ho and leave ourselves open at the back.” – U's manager, Geraint Williams
Stoke are boosted by the return of fit-again Salif Diao, who has recovered from a groin injury after and re-gained sharpness after a week of intensive training.
And while defenders John Eustice and Dominic Matteo will miss out, the Potters welcome Lee Hendrie back into the fold after he had injections this week in his knee.
Darrel Russell is pushing for a recall, having emerged from the bench during the past two matches, and Carl Dickinson will again deputise at left-back for the missing Andy Griffin (leg).
The becalmed beast is Stoke’s biggest attacking threat from midfield, although has a worrying and undeniable talent for self-destruction.
Kem ‘Hatchet Man’ Izzet will also want to know how long it has been since his Ferrari last had a clean, too…
Colchester’s only doubt is midfielder Johnnie Jackson, who will undergo a late fitness test on the ankle injury that forced him to depart the field during the first half during the emphatic win against Sunderland.
U’s sub for Jackson that day, Hogan Ephraim, is expected to “step up and wear the shirt with pride” again, according to manager Williams and will slot in on the left hand side if Jackson is not risked to give Stoke a lesson in tango on the ball.
Ever-present defender Wayne Brown will continue in defence, meaning he is yet to miss any second of the season so far.
(Probable) Gerken; Duguid, Brown, Baldwin, Barker; Garcia, Izzet, Watson, Ephraim; Iwelumo, Cureton
Did you see his header against Leeds on Easter Monday? Class. Especially after his torrid afternoon against Michael Grey at the back that day. What about his back-heal against Norwich in the box? Fantastic.
The big man spent four years, with loan spells in between, at Stoke and wants to score against them today. He’ll get a good reception, after giving up the chance to represent Scotland’s-B side to help them win promotion in 2002, and should add to his 36 Colchester goals to date.
Sing up today; it might make him renew his contact!
Stoke or Broke?
Stoke Last five games: WWWDD
Colchester Last five fames: WWWDW
The last game of the season, the 1pm kick-off at home to Crystal Palace, is already a sell out.
Date:Saturday April 28 2007
All Time Leading Goalscorers - 51 To 74 (12/1/17) (Thursday January 12 2017)
Guthrie In Team Of The Week (10/1/17) (Tuesday January 10 2017)
Sky Bet League Two December MotM - John McGreal (Friday January 6 2017)
Sky Bet MotM December Winner - John McGreal (Friday January 6 2017)
Dickenson In Team Of The New Year (4/1/17) (Wednesday January 4 2017)
2016 Boxing Day Bumper Crowds For EFL (Tuesday January 3 2017)
December MotM Nomination - McGreal (Colchester) (Tuesday January 3 2017)
January Transfer Window 2017 Details (Wednesday December 28 2016)
EFL Trophy - The Gift That Keeps On EFL'ing Giving (Wednesday December 21 2016)
Sky's 10 In 10 - Who Features? (Tuesday December 6 2016)
|DRFC Coppinger Makes EFL Team Of The Week
» Doncaster : 16/01/2017 19:17:00
|One Hatter in Team of the Weekend
» Luton : 16/01/2017 19:10:01
|Osborne Joins Kilmarnock
» Plymouth : 16/01/2017 17:14:00
|Worry Beads Are Out
» Hartlepool : 16/01/2017 10:51:00
|Video - Portsmouth 2-1 Leyton Orient
» Leyton Orient : 16/01/2017 10:24:01