Gillespie pushing for a start as management ponder options

COLCHESTER United assistant manager Joe Dunne says his team can adapt to a change of formation, should manager John Ward stick with a 4-4-2 system at home to Notts County on Saturday.

Ward has preferred 4-3-3 this season but switched to a 4-4-2 during Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the Weston Homes community Stadium, with his side a goal down.

Striker Steven Gillespie forced Stephane Zubar’s own goal which brought the midweek equaliser, and he is pushing for a start following his lively substitute appearance against the Cherries.

Former Cheltenham striker Gillespie has had to bide his time with the Us utilising just one out and out striker in Kayode Odejayi.

However, Dunne believes the striker has “planted a seed” in Ward’s mind and added that a change of system could be utilised again too.

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“Steven has planted a seed in the manager’s mind and he offers a different dimension to any attack,” said Dunne.

“He came on against Bournemouth and, along with the alteration in our system (from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2), changed the game.

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“We have persevered with a certain style of play and system this season and overall our shape has allowed us to develop as a team.

“We will not change our philosophy and you can tweak systems providing you do not change that. We will continue to pass the ball and try and be brave.”

Pat Baldwin is ruled out of Saturday’s game with County with a toe injury, while Mark Cousins could challenge Ben Williams for the goalkeeper’s spot.

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