Ward wants his side to be brave at Sunderland

COLCHESTER United boss John Ward has called upon his side to be brave at Premier League side Sunderland in the Carling Cup second round tonight.

The 59-year-old came desperately close to causing a major upset at the 49,000 capacity Stadium of Light at the same stage of the same competition when manager of Cheltenham.

His League Two side held Mick McCarthy’s top-flight hosts to a 0-0 draw in 2005/6 before eventually being defeated by a single extra-time goal.

The U’s boss therefore sees no reason why his in-form League One side should go into tonight’s game with any trepidation.

He said: “We are a team that has now got eight goals in four games, so I will now see if my players are big enough and brave to do that at Sunderland.

“I will certainly be encouraging them to do that – what else do you expect me to say? I’m not one of those managers that just wants to go and have a day out.

“It’s Premier League v League One and they’re at home, but I’m fine with that.

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“I went up there as manager with Cheltenham and we took them to extra-time before losing 1-0. Our chairman at the time still says his most cherished possession is that photograph of the scoreboard at full-time, so that shows this is a big moment for us that should not be underestimated.”

– For full match preview, see today’s EADT. For live updates from tonight’s game, follow Stuart_Watson at www.twitter.com.

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