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MATCHDAY RECAP: Us turn on the style to sink Port Vale 2-0 in home opener

PUBLISHED: 16:54 11 August 2018

U's boss John McGreal will look to get the better of Port Vale Picture: Steve Waller

U's boss John McGreal will look to get the better of Port Vale Picture: Steve Waller

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Follow all the action and reaction as we bring you live coverage of Colchester United’s opening home EFL League Two match against Port Vale.

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John McGreal’s side battled to a goalless draw at last season’s play-off contenders Notts County on the opening weekend of the new campaign.

The Us briefly threatened to launch their own top seven push before fading away to finish 13th and 13 points out of the promotion mix.

Brennan Dickenson, fighting fit again after all his injury woes, is convinced United should be good enough to clinch automatic promotion this season, and not just target the play-offs.

“For me, finishing in the top three is a bare minimum. We are all definitely pushing towards that aim,” he said.

“And for that to happen, we need to get our home form back to how it was during my first seasonhere (2016-17), when we didn’t lose many games.

“We need to make it (JobServe Community Stadium) a scary place for other teams to visit. We want the opposition to be frightened by our style of play.”

• Re-live all the action and get the best reaction from Carl Marston in the blog above.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features that second-half comeback at Barnsley which briefly saved Paul Jewell’s job, and a memorable victory at Anfield.....

Let me give you a new definition of desperation. It’s an Ipswich Town fan wanting Norwich City to score a last-minute winner to save his beloved Tractor Boys from falling even further behind in the Championship relegation battle, writes North Stander Terry Hunt.

Ipswich Town are now eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table following yesterday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Stoke City in a Championship clash yesterday afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Trevoh Chalobah insists the confidence boost generated by manager Paul Lambert’s arrival still remains, despite Ipswich Town suffering a fourth successive defeat at Stoke yesterday.

Paul Lambert has confirmed midfielder Cole Skuse will be out for ‘a couple of months’ after suffering a knee injury in training.

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