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Cheltenham Town 3 Colchester United 1: Carl Marston’s 5 Talking Points

PUBLISHED: 18:03 16 September 2017

Brandon Hanlan fires in a shot during the second half of today's 3-1 defeat at Cheltenham. Once again, the U's did not take their chances on the road. Picture Pagepix

Brandon Hanlan fires in a shot during the second half of today's 3-1 defeat at Cheltenham. Once again, the U's did not take their chances on the road. Picture Pagepix

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Carl Marston highlights five talking points from today’s 3-1 defeat at Cheltenham Town.

Here are those five talking points:

EARLY CHANCE

It could have been so different if Nicke Kabamba had accepted a great chance to score inside the first 60 seconds.

A slip by Robins left-back Jordan Cranston allowed Kabamba a clear route to goal. However, the Portsmouth loanee hesitated before pulling his shot wide of goal with keeper Scott Flinders out of position.

That was a great chance that went begging.

The U’s therefore have still not got themselves ahead in an away match this season.

AWAY FORM

This is simply not good enough.

For the U’s to have only won one away game throughout 2017 is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

That’s four away defeats on the bounce now this season, with 10 goals conceded and just two scored.

The U’s have problems in both boxes, on the road.

They can’t score at one end, and they are letting teams score far too easily in their own box. That was certainly the case this afternoon!

FORMATION CHANGE

Manager John McGreal decided to change the team formation, due to their struggles of the first quarter of the game.

Having started with three-at-the-back, in a 3-4-1-2 system, the U’s switched to a 4-4-2 formation.

Ryan Jackson moved further up the park as a right winger, with Kane Vincent-Young moving from left to right-back, and Sammie Szmodics operating on the left flank, ahead of new left-back Cameron James.

The personnel changed at the start of the second period, with the introduction of Drey Wright as a substitute for James.

Wright came in on the left flank, enabling Vincent-Young to return to left-back and Szmodics in a more central role. The 4-4-2 formation remained.

The switch initially seemed to pay off, the U’s looking more of an attacking threat.

But going down to 10 men was a setback, and conceding the third goal so soon afterwards proved the final nail in the coffin.

MANDRON INCIDENT

Did Mikael Mandron need to handle in the box, to concede the penalty and so be sent off?

Mandron himself said that he did, to manager John McGreal after the match.

It was certainly a match-defining moment. Although Sam Walker saved the ensuing penalty, the U’s had to play more than half-an-hour with 10 men.

HOME COMFORTS

At least the U’s good form at the Community Stadium is keeping their season afloat, but for how much longer?

McGreal’s men are cetainly putting themselves under intense pressure to keep performing at home, due to their dreadful away form.

But that can’t continue.

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.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

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