Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

Stoke City V Colchester

Stoke
vs.
Colcester

The Britannia Stadium

Saturday 28 April

3pm

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...

Vital Quotes:

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 Team News:

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).

Player to watch: Lee Hendrie

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…

Colcester Team News:

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

Player to watch: ‘Big’ Chris Iwelumo

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!

Match Facts & Stats

Stoke or Broke?

Next Fixtures:

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.


Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Saturday April 28 2007
Time: 7:42AM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Colchester v Rochdale
Suggested By:
Colchester win55%
Rochdale win36%
Draw9%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 39 23 9 7 78 30
2 Plymouth 39 23 6 10 75 19
3 Portsmouth 39 20 8 11 68 26
4 Stevenage 39 19 5 15 62 12
5 Blackpool 39 15 15 9 60 21
6 Luton 39 15 15 9 60 19
7 Exeter 39 17 8 14 59 16
8 Carlisle 39 15 14 10 59 -2
9 Mansfield 39 15 13 11 58 5
10 Colchester 39 16 9 14 57 4
11 Wycombe 39 15 10 14 55 0
12 Cambridge 38 15 9 14 54 6
13 Grimsby 39 14 10 15 52 -2
14 Barnet 39 12 15 12 51 -3
15 Accrington 38 12 13 13 49 -1
16 Crewe 39 12 12 15 48 -9
17 Crawley 39 13 9 17 48 -13
18 Yeovil 39 10 16 13 46 -9
19 Morecambe 39 13 7 19 46 -15
20 Notts County 39 13 7 19 46 -22
21 Hartlepool 39 10 11 18 41 -16
22 Cheltenham 39 9 12 18 39 -16
23 Newport 39 7 12 20 33 -21
24 Leyton Orient 39 9 5 25 32 -29
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Notts County (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Doncaster Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Morecambe (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
The Vital Football Members League