Hoping to bring Pilgrims down to earth

COLCHESTER United will be aiming to bring FA Cup heroes Plymouth back down to earth with a bump on the Devon coast tonight.The Pilgrims are looking forward to an FA Cup quarter-final tie, at home to Premiership basement boys Watford next month, with genuine hopes of reaching the last four.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United will be aiming to bring FA Cup heroes Plymouth back down to earth with a bump on the Devon coast tonight.

The Pilgrims are looking forward to an FA Cup quarter-final tie, at home to Premiership basement boys Watford next month, with genuine hopes of reaching the last four.

But the U's have dreams of their own. Geraint Williams' men are still in the hunt for a play-off place, however unlikely that might sound, and they can do themselves a terrific favour by recording back-to-back away wins for the first time this season at Home Park.

United's terrific home record was finally ended by Birmingham (2-1 defeat) in their last outing. It was the first time they had lost at Layer Road in 15 fixtures.

But the Essex club impressed in their last appearance on the road, humbling hosts Barnsley 3-0, and they can make inroads into the five-point gap between themselves and the top six with another away win this evening.

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Midfielder Kem Izzet will miss his first game of the campaign, due to a one-match suspension. Johnnie Jackson will move from the left-wing into central midfield, giving either Richard Garcia or Kevin McLeod the chance of a recall to the starting line-up.

The U's travelled down to Devon yesterday, and will be eager to gain revenge for a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Ian Holloway's men in early August. That was the U's first ever home game as a Championship club.

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