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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Colchester United’s patched up team for Bristol City

PUBLISHED: 11:19 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:20 15 August 2014

Frankie Kent, set for his full senior debut at Bristol City tomorrow

Frankie Kent, set for his full senior debut at Bristol City tomorrow

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Colchester United boss, Joe Dunne, will have to field a patched-up team at Bristol City tomorrow.

The U’s boss was hoping that an appeal lodged against Magnus Okuonghae’s red card, for handball during Tuesday night’s 4-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic in the Capital One Cup, would be successful, but that appeal was thrown out yesterday.

Centre-half Okuonghae, appointed the U’s new club captain at the start of the season, therefore serves a one-match ban, which will mean him missing the weekend jaunt to Ashton Gate.

To make matters worse, his obvious replacement, Josh Thompson, damaged a hamstring during the warm-up at Charlton, and so now faces another spell on the sidelines.

The luckless Thompson only made one brief appearance last season, due to a serious ankle injury, and is struggling to get himself match-fit.

Tweaking his hamstring will knock him back further, in his quest for a first team return.

Instead, Dunne is set to give 18-year-old centre-half Frankie Kent his full debut, alongside Tom Eastman in the heart of defence.

Dunne was already missing five players, through injury, in the build up to Tuesday night’s Cup exit – a penalty by Yoni Buyens, awarded for Okuonghae’s handball, a brace of goals from ex-U’s defender Lawrie Wilson early in the second half, and an 89th minute tap-in for substitute Simon Church sealed the U’s fate.

They have now failed to win any of their last eight cup games, across the three cup competitions, since an FA Cup first round success at Crewe in 2012.

Sanchez Watt, Drey Wright, David Wright, Craig Eastmond and Tosin Olufemi were all unavailable for the Charlton game, and none of them will be fit enough to return at Bristol.

“It’s a great credit to the players at Charlton, because they put a shift in,” insisted Dunne.

“I’ve got no players available, but I have to patch them up and put them out again on Saturday, at Bristol.

“Bristol City must be rubbing their hands, seeing this result, so we’ve got to go there and believe in ourselves, like we did at Charlton.

“Anyone there could see that initially we were really in the game.”

Dunne continued: “Before the Charlton game, Josh Thompson said he was not fit enough to go on the pitch, because of his hamstring.

“So I couldn’t bring on Josh, because after the warm-up he was unavailable. I only had six subs.

“That obviously gives us a huge problem for Saturday (at Bristol), but it’s nothing that I am not used to, unfortunately, so we will find a solution.”

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski discussed being left out of the team by former boss Paul Hurst, new coach Jimmy Walker and Paul Lambert’s positive impact when he spoke to the media this afternoon.

Paul Lambert sees Janoi Donacien as a central defender.

Paul Lambert has confirmed Jordan Graham is no longer in his plans at Ipswich Town with the winger’s loan set to be cut short in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has told owner Marcus Evans that he believes defender Jonas Knudsen is worthy of a new contract.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of the Friday night clash with West Bromwich Albion, and discussed the importance of the club’s fans creating a rocking Portman Road atmosphere as they try to escape the drop zone.

Mick McCarthy is the early favourite for vacant Republic of Ireland job following the departure of both Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we look back to David Gregory scoring a hat-trick as Town progressed to the next round of the League Cup.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert is impressed with what he’s seen of the Blues’ academy during his early weeks of his reign.

Titus Bramble says Ipswich Town duo Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes were stand-out performers at the recent England Under-20 camp.

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

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