AIDY BOOTHROYD takes his Colchester United side to Swindon Town, looking to get his first win as manager of the club.
The Robins sit one place and one points above the U’s in the League One table after solid starts to the season from both sides.
Swindon Town Team News:
Premier League loan youngster Tope Obadeyi has extended his temporary spell with Robins by a further month and should feature once again.
Fellow forward Alex Revell could make his debut up front – a player who is on loan from the U’s Essex rivals Southend.
However, midfielder Alan O’Brien (hamstring) and Lee Peacock (back) are both unavailable for the match.
Player to watch: Anthony McNamee
The tricky left-sided winger is being courted by divisional rivals Norwich, managed by someone familiar to U’s fans!, after an impressive start for the Robins.
Colchester United Team News:
Midfielder hard-man Kem Izzet serves the first game of a three-match ban picked up last weekend at Southampton.
Meanwhile influential skipper Pat Baldiwn, who suffered ankle and knee injuries, last Saturday, is also missing.
Summer signing Lee Beevers (shoulder) misses out, along with centre-half Paul Reid (knee.)
But forward Steven Gillespie could feature after making a comeback from a hamstring injury for the reserves midweek.
Forgotten full-backs Phil Ifil and Matt Lockwood wre also given a run-out and travel West, along with highly-rated young star Medy Elito. Another attacker, in Jamie Guy, also makes the trip after resuming training.
There is, however, no place in a squad of 21-men for want-away midfielder David Perkins.
U’s: Williams, Cousins, White, Lockwood, Ifil, Tierney, Maybury, Heath, Okuonghae, O’Toole, Wordsworth, Fox, Hackney, Vincent, Elito, Platt, Lisbie, Vernon, Guy, Gillespie.
Player to watch: Kevin Lisbie
With four goals to his name already this campaign, after penning a long-term loan deal, Lisbie will be looking to build upon it. The Jamaican looks a class apart in League One and is the perfect goalscorer the U’s longed for last year.
Last Time Out:
Colchester United 3-2 Swindon Town
Weston Homes Community Stadium
U’s: Mark Cousins, Alan Maybury, Chris Coyne, Pat Baldwin, Marc Tierney, David Perkins, Kemal Izzet (Scott Vernon,) Dean Hammond, Simon Hackney, Steven Gillespie (Anthony Wordsworth,) Clive Platt (Akanni-Sunday Wasiu.)
Subs Not Used: Dean Gerken, John White.
Goals: Platt 2 & 45, Perkins 71
Swindon: Peter Brezovan, Kevin Amankwaah, Sean Morrison, Gordon Greer, Jamie Vincent, Hal Robson-Kanu (Mark Marshall,) Michael Timlin, Owain Tudur Jones (Hamdi Razak,) Anthony McNamee, Simon Cox, Billy Paynter.
Subs Not Used: Phil Smith, Lilian Nalis, Jerel Ifil.
Goals: Cox 38 (pen), Robson-Kanu 64
Referee: Karl G Evans – From Lancashire
Assistants: A Rayner and M Pottage
Fourth Official: A P Bennett
StevieG Col U’s prediction: I’ll go for a 2-0 U’s win!
Who? Hartlepool United
Where? Weston Homes Community Stadium
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