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Colchester v Stanley

23 September 2016

It's back to the business of the league for the Reds tomorrow.

John Coleman's team travel to Colchester United looking to continue their good run of form in League Two.[vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title="The Reds" tab_id="1470411712017-30fe7d0e-41fab72e-6c49658d-0122"]Just days after the last gasp EFL Cup defeat at West Ham attention returns to the business of the league.

The Stanley squad have stayed south to prepare for the next test, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium against Colchester United.

It may be a trip down memory lane for supporters who remember two FA Cup ties against United in 2003/04.

Now the teams meet on a level playing field with Stanley looking to continue their climb up the table.[/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Form" tab_id="1470411712406-ac66af5e-34ebb72e-6c49658d-0122"]Dimitri Payet's 97th minute free kick at the London Stadium consigned Stanley to a first defeat in four matches.

However, they are unbeaten in three League Two games and have kept clean sheets against both Notts County and Portsmouth.

John Coleman's team are currently eleventh in the League Two table, travelling to the side sitting in sixth place.[/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion]

Team News

A couple of players are being assessed ahead of the game after picking up injuries against the Hammers.

Captain Seamus Conneely limped out of the cup tie and is rated as doubtful.

Winger John O'Sullivan has been replaced in the last three matches due to a niggle and continues to be monitored.[vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title="The Opposition" tab_id="1470411712017-30fe7d0e-41fab72e-6c49f96c-5bea"]Colchester are back in the fourth tier for the first time in 18 years following relegation brought about by a 23rd place finish in League One last season.

New head coach John McGreal was appointed in the summer and has set about getting the U's into contention for an immediate return.

A strong start to the season has seen them move into a play-off position and they sit sixth after eight games.[/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Manager" tab_id="1470411712406-ac66af5e-34ebb72e-6c49f96c-5bea"]Former Tranmere, Ipswich and Burnley defender John McGreal was appointed Colchester's head coach in May of this year.

He had been coaching the under 21's at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

He has set about giving opportunities to young players who have come through the ranks and balancing an attacking style with defensive strength.[/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion]


Stanley supporters have a choice of two stands at the stadium.

A discount is applied to tickets purchased in advance.

A full breakdown can be found HERE

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