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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Prosser confident the U’s will bounce back against the Glovers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 October 2018

Luke Prosser looks to clear as Danny Mayor closes in during the U's 2-1 defeat to Bury on Saturday.  Picture: STEVE WALLER

Luke Prosser looks to clear as Danny Mayor closes in during the U's 2-1 defeat to Bury on Saturday. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United suffered only their second defeat of the season, at home to Bury on Saturday, but club captain Luke Prosser is adamant that the team will ‘bounce back’ against visiting Yeovil Town this evening.

Prosser is the only fully-fit senior centre-half, going into tonight’s clash with the Glovers, following injuries to Frankie Kent and Tom Eastman during the 2-1 reverse to the Shakers.

Kent (sore ankle) and Eastman (head injury) are both rated as doubtful, so manager John McGreal might opt for a makeshift three-man rearguard, perhaps with Kane Vincent-Young and Ryan Jackson flanking sweeper Prosser, although he has rookie Ollie Kensdale as an option.

Even so, Prosser is confident of getting back on track against Yeovil, who suffered only their third league defeat of the campaign with a 3-1 loss at Crawley on Saturday.

“It’s always good when you have got a game on a Tuesday night, after a defeat. We are all raring to go,” insisted Prosser.

“We have got to adapt to all the injuries. Hopefully one or two might recover, but if not then we will adapt – that’s what a squad is for.

“I’m 30 years old and I have plenty of experience, so I will give advice to whoever is alongside me, whether it be Kane (Vincent-Young) or Ryan (Jackson).

“We also have young boys coming through, like Ollie Kensdale, who trains with us day in, day out, and who had a good pre-season.

“So we have back-up, although the gaffer (John McGreal) will have a headache or two I’m sure,” added Prosser.

Despite Saturday’s reverse, the U’s remain well-placed in fifth spot, although they are level on points (16) with six teams below them. In fact, only two points separate 12 teams, from the U’s down to Port Vale in 16th slot.

“We sit fifth after 10 games, and we would probably have taken that at the beginning of the season. Now we go again,” confirmed Prosser.

“We are all buzzing for Tuesday, and another home game.

“It’s not a bad start for us. A lot of teams are on 16 points, so it is very tight, but we are up there in the mix. We are in a good place, and team spirit is good.

“We are a team that bounces back, and I am sure you will see that against Yeovil,” added Prosser.

Andy Warren looks ahead to Ipswich Town’s clash with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, we’re counting down Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever players, culminating in the Blues’ best featuring on Christmas Day.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to December 21, 2004, when Darren Bent took Ipswich to the top of the Championsip on Christmas Day, after beating Wigan 2-1 thanks to his 89th-minute winner at Portman Road.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

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