Aidy promises to go for win

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd has promised to go all out for the win at Bristol Rovers today.

Stuart Watson

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd has promised to go all out for the win at Bristol Rovers today.

The U's have been punished on their travels on numerous occasions this season after adopting a defensive second half approach.

Away leads have been squandered against Tranmere, Oldham, Wycombe and Stockport, while the U's were left clinging on against Brighton and Southend after allowing the hosts a way back into the game.


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Former manager Paul Lambert's attacking approach saw Colchester batter Norwich 7-1 at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season. However, Boothroyd's more rigid brand of football has meant the U's have won by just a single goal in their four other away league victories this season.

“We have the sixth best away league record in the league, but we want to improve on that,” said Boothroyd, whose side's away record reads won five, drawn seven, lost four.

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“We look to win every game we play, whether it's home or away. We'll go to Bristol with as strong a team as we can and try to win the game.”

The U's boss has a selection headache today after the return to fitness of striker Kayode Odejayi (knee) and centre-backs Magnus Okuonghae (shoulder) and Paul Reid (back). In addition, right-back John White will be available again after missing last Saturday's 1-0 win over Oldham due to family issues, while Kevin Lisbie is in contention for a return to the starting line-up following a recent illness.

In contrast, Bristol Rovers - who, like Colchester, had their midweek fixture postponed on Tuesday - have numerous injury concerns.

After beating Charlton 2-1 less than two weeks ago, the Pirates were forced into making four changes to their side and subsequently lost 1-0 at Gillingham last weekend. Since then defender Byron Anthony has also picked up an injury in training,

Defender Danny Coles and keeper Mikkel Anderson should both return, but Anthony, Chris Lynes and Jo Kuffour will all undergo late fitness tests. Rovers are definitely without midfielder Wayne Brown (ankle), who has returned to loan club Fulham for treatment.

Bristol Rovers: Andersen, Evans, Lescott, Jones, Elliott, Coles, Regan, Tyrrell, Reece, Hughes, Campbell, Blizzard, Wright, Swallow, Clough, Heffernan, Kuffour, Williams, Richard.

Colchester: Williams. Cousins, White, Tierney, Okuonghae, Heath, Reid, Batth, Ifil, Prutton, Wordsworth, O'Toole, Izzet, Vincent, Fox, Henderson, Platt, Odejayi, Lisbie, Gillespie.

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