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Preview - Colchester Utd

5 February 2013

TOWN play their third away game in seven days against Colchester United this evening. 

After the original clash on December 29th was postponed, Paolo Di Canio’s men will go into the game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium off the back of a 1-1 draw at Crawley Town on Saturday.

The Robins will be hoping to make amends after going down 1-0 at The County Ground when the Us came to Wiltshire in October.

THE VIEW

Speaking at Monday’s press conference, manager Paolo Di Canio believes that the Colchester side that Town face tonight will present a different challenge to the side that won at SN1 earlier on in the season.

“They are more confident,” he said. “They change a bit their system, they brought in some new players and have brought back some players that were out for different reasons. Now they are back in the team you can see the effect in a positive way. We saw here when we lost against them here at the County Ground. 

“Tomorrow will be tough. Tomorrow will be very difficult. We will do things to win the game but tomorrow if we draw it will be a fantastic result.” 

THE STORY SO FAR

After a poor start to the 2012/13 campaign, manager John Ward was replaced by Joe Dunne. Since their victory at The County Ground at the start of October, the ship appeared to have been steadied with just one defeat that month. However, just one win in November preceded four straight defeats in December, one of which was a 3-1 home reverse to Brentford on Boxing Day. 

After three consecutive defeats at the start of 2013, Colchester have recorded victories in their last two matches against Walsall and Portsmouth. They currently sit two places and three points above the League One relegation zone.  

LAST TIME OUT

The two sides met in the second round of last season’s FA Cup. Matt Ritchie’s strike proved to be the difference between the teams with a 1-0 win teeing up a third round clash with Premier League side Wigan Athletic that Town would famously go on to win. 

The last league meeting in Essex ended in defeat. Despite Scott Cuthbert’s equaliser, a last-gasp winner condemned Town to a 2-1 loss. Swindon’s last league victory at Colchester came back in 2004 when Sam Parkin secured a 1-0 win for Andy King’s men at Layer Road. 

TICKETS

Adult                         £18
S.Cit. O65                 £13
18-21 yr.old              £14
Under 18                  £10
Armed Forces (ID)    £13
Wheelchair users     £13  (Phone Colchester on 0845 437 9089 to book)
Amb.  Disabled         £13

Prices increase on matchday by £2 adult and £1 concession.

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