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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Colchester United

A closer look at our opponents ahead of this weekend's game

13 October 2017

The Blues start a three-game week with a trip to Essex to take on Colchester United.

After defeat to Exeter City last time out, Keith Curle’s side will be keen to bounce back and travel back to Cumbria with three points in the bag.

But with Colchester on a positive run of form, the trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium will certainly be a tricky one.

We put the U’s under the spotlight ahead of our visit to Colchester:

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Unbeaten in Three

The U’s are without defeat in their last three Sky Bet League Two outings, and have picked up some impressive results in the process.

Last week saw John McGreal’s side clinch a 2-0 victory over league favourites Mansfield Town while they also picked up three points from Yeovil, following on from a draw against Grimsby Town.

This positive run of form followed a rather more dismal one, which saw Colchester lose out to Wycombe and Cheltenham.

One key positive for McGreal, however, will be that despite these defeats the U’s still managed to score - as long as there are goals continue to flow, the U’s will be confident they can extend their unbeaten run.

Happy Home

Colchester have certainly made the Weston Homes Community Stadium a fortress this season, having lost only once on home soil in Sky Bet League Two so far this campaign.

The solitary defeat came against a strong Wycombe Wanderers side, while the U’s have won three and drawn two of their other five home games so far this season.

McGreal will be eager to ensure his side continue their fine run of home form, and the Cumbrians will have to be wary of a side full of confidence on their own stomping ground.

What Does History Tell Us?

Carlisle and Colchester have met regularly over recent years, with the Essex outfit slightly edging the head-to-head record.

The U’s have won 19 of the 43 meetings between the two sides, with United claiming 13 victories in comparison.

And it’s Colchester who have dominated the meetings between the pair over the last few years, with Carlisle having won only one of the last seven meetings - a 2-0 triumph at Brunton Park in October of last year.

Not a Happy Hunting Ground

It’s not pleasant reading for Carlisle fans, but the Cumbrians are yet to win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The Blues first travelled to the U’s new stadium in 2008 and have since returned on six occasions but have failed to taste victory.

Three of those visits have ended in draws, while Colchester have claimed victory in the other four - can United turn that record around this weekend?

Watch highlights from last season's 2-0 hime victory over Colchester here:

Ones to Watch

+ Doug Loft - A versatile left-sided player, Loft offers Colchester plenty of options in both midfield and defence. Formerly of Brighton, Port Vale and Gillingham, Loft joined the U’s last season but missed the vast majority of the campaign through injury. Now, however, Loft seems to be back to his best and put in an impressive performance against Mansfield last time out. Creative and extremely attack-minded, the wideman could certainly provide plenty of ammunition for the U’s forwards this weekend.

+ Sean Murray - The attacking midfielder is in scintillating form at the moment, having scored one and assisted the other in the victory over Mansfield, while also netting in the triumph at Yeovil. The Irishman has been a regular for the U’s this season and comes alive around the box, meaning the Blues will have to watch him carefully on Saturday afternoon.

+ Michael Mandron - A summer addition from Wigan Athletic, the Frenchman has started the season well and has already netted three for his new club, including one last weekend against Mansfield. Having started his career at Sunderland, Mandron enjoyed loan spells at Fleetwood, Shrewsbury and Hartlepool before signing for Eastleigh. His impressive form in the National League saw him move to Wigan before the U’s came calling in the summer. Quick, powerful and cool under pressure, Mandron is always a real threat.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Colchester 0 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

14 October 2017

United were at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this weekend looking to build on a good run of away results in their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

And they made sure that was the case as a first goal for the club for Jamie Devitt gave his side their third consecutive away win.

Coupled with another clean sheet, also a third consecutive shut-out on their travels, it took United firmly into mid-table with two home games to follow.

There was little to show from the opening five minutes other than a long throw from Brown which caused a skirmish in the U's penalty area, The action was quickly brought to a close by the referee's whistle.

Brilliant footwork from Adams then took him past Loft but his low cross was cut out at the near post, accompanied by half-hearted appeals for handball from the Carlisle contingent.

Colchester showed in their own right on eight minutes when Reid twisted and turned with the ball at his feet. He opened half a yard but Bonham was down smartly to make the save when the drilled effort came in.

More good pressure from the U's put Wright in space on the left flank with plenty to find in the box. His delivery was nodded down by Mandron and Hanlan was poised to shoot until Liddle timed his tackle to perfection. He stepped in to hook the ball to safety. 

A long ball forward from Kent set Hanlan clear at a tight angle and Bonham did well to make a block with his boot. Liddle was there again to help out with the clearance.

Excellent one-touch football from Carlisle took them from their own half to a dangerous position as Nicky Adams suddenly found himself in acres of space. He went for a shot from distance but Eastman made an important block.

Shaun Miller had another effort halted at source when an error from Kpekwa left United with a gift of an attack, but it was more heorics at the other end from Liddle which earned a round of applause as Murray surged through to take a pull back from Reid. The midfielder was all set to slot the ball home until the centre back lunged in with another inch-perfect intervention.

The hosts were let off the hook ahead of the break when Kent miscued a difficult clearance on the edge of his own box. Adams gratefully accepted the invitation to deliver and he whipped a wicked ball across the face of the target. Miller and Lambe strained to get there but neither could make the connection.

Colchester came out of the second half blocks firing on all cylinders and Jackson broke clear on the right flank with space to exploit. His curled cross found Wright in the area, with just Bonham to beat, but the keeper somehow got down to make a fine one-handed save. The keeper couldn’t afford to rest on his laurels though as Hanlan pounced on the rebound. He thought he’d scored until the big stopper spread himself to make another world class save.

Substitute Jamie Devitt marked his arrival into the game with his first ever goal for the club when he was sent clear by a measured long ball from Brown. He had plenty to do but he drew the keeper and found the bottom corner with a drilled finish which left Walker with no chance.

Both sides had sniffs at opportunities through a tense 20-minute spell following the goal, but United defended well with Hill, Liddle and Tom Miller taking centre stage with some important tackles which saw their side through to their victory.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Devitt (58)

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Bookings

Colchester United - Mandron (90)

Carlisle United - Brown (56), Grainger (80)

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Teams 

Colchester United - Walker, Jackson, Kent, Wright, Loft (Odelusi 77), Kpekwa, Murray, Reid (Kabamba 83), Eastman, Mandron, Hanlan (Slater 67). Subs – Gilmartin, Lapslie, Comley, James.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger, Lambe, Etuhu (Devitt 46), Jones, Joyce, Adams (Hope 67), S Miller (T Miller 83). Subs - George, Kennedy, Cosgrove, Rigg.

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Referee - Charles Breakspear

Attendance - 3,402 (236 away fans)

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