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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

U’s looking to extend unbeaten run by derailing the Railwaymen

PUBLISHED: 05:35 21 August 2018

Mikael Mandron celebrates scoring the first of his two goals against Crewe last season, in a 3-1 home win. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Mikael Mandron celebrates scoring the first of his two goals against Crewe last season, in a 3-1 home win. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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It might be the same again tonight as Colchester United look to extend their unbeaten start to the season, at home to Crewe Alexandra.

John McGreal’s men have won one and drawn two of their first three League Two fixtures, salvaging a deserved point at Mansfield Town on Saturday thanks to Sammie Szmodics’ last gasp equaliser on 95 minutes.

McGreal could therefore stick with the same starting XI, which would mean Mikael Mandron, who scored a brace in this fixture last season, again on the bench.

Mandron bagged 10 goals last season, but has only been a substitute in the first three league games of this term, with summer signing Frank Nouble, the ex-Ipswich Town front-runner, proving a handful for opposing defences up top.

McGreal was understandably delighted to grab a last ditch equaliser at Field Mill, and will now be targeting a dominant display from his team at home, on the back of a 2-0 win over visiting Port Vale the previous weekend.

“It would have been a shame to have lost that (Mansfield) game, especially as they scored with the first shot that they had,” explained McGreal.

“We were not exactly comfortable, but I thought we put in a really assured performance, from Noubs (Nouble) backwards.

“I thought we suffocated them a little bit and had a few counter-attacking opportunities, which we didn’t take.

“Scoring so late made it even more enjoyable. My players showed some great character again.

“I thought we could get something out of it, even when we fell behind. We actually debated taking Sammie (Szmodics) off, because he was looking so tired, but Bally (assistant Steve Ball) said that Sammie’s always likely to get a goal out of nothing.

“It’s good to keep our unbeaten run going, when considered the top teams we have been playing.

“Notts County are one of the favourites, despite their slow start, and Mansfield are always strong at home. But we feel as though we have a good team as well,” added McGreal.


COLCHESTER: Barnes, Jackson, Kent, Prosser, Vincent-Young, Lapslie, Pell, Senior, Szmodics, Dickenson, Nouble, Norris, Mandron, Eastman, Wright, Comley, Collins & Ross.

CREWE: Richards, Hunt, Pickering, Ng, Nolan, Jones, Ainley, Green, Wintle, Bowery, Nicholls, Porter, Miller, Kirk, Walker, Raynes, Lowery, Finney, Ray, Reilly & Garrett.

Referee: Neil Hair (Hunts)

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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