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Yeovil Town v Colchester United, match preview: U’s looking to take another step forward, on the road

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 30 September 2017

The fog descends on Blundell Park during the U's 2-2 draw at Grimsby in midweek. Photo: RICHARD BLAXALL

The fog descends on Blundell Park during the U's 2-2 draw at Grimsby in midweek. Photo: RICHARD BLAXALL

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Colchester United took a big step on Tuesday night, with a first away point of the season at Grimsby, and now they hope for further advances at Yeovil Town this afternoon, with a first win on the road.

John McGreal’s men have suffered their share of late heartache, not least conceding an 89th minute penalty at Blundell Park which enabled Sam Jones to sweep home an equaliser for the Mariners in midweek.

And no one needs reminding of the U’s previous visit to Huish Park, when Yeovil poached two goals in the last five minutes to over-turn a 1-0 deficit and so condemn the U’s to the relegation zone, just under a year ago.

Following the first 10 fixtures of this season, the U’s again find themselves at the wrong end of the table, just two places clear of the drop zone.

But the addition of a bit more experience over the last couple of games, in the shape of Doug Loft and Kyel Reid, has had a positive effect to what is a very young side.

Midfielder Loft, after a terrible run of injuries, has provided some calmness in the middle of the park, while winger Reid, back after injury himself, netted a sweet brace at Grimsby.

“That more experience in the team might have helped us to get our first away point,” admitted McGreal.

“But now we need more of it.

“We are looking after Doug (Loft), when he is available. We played him at Lutonm when he was available, but it’s taken us a long time to get in this fit state, being injury-free. We’ve got to manage him though.”

Ryan Inniss, another key member of the U’s side, made a mistake which led to Grimsby’s first equaliser when he was shrugged off by striker JJ Hooper, but manager John McGreal has not been too critical of the Crystal Palace loanee.

McGreal said: “Ryan (Inniss) got caught a little bit, with a punt over the back. But I’ve been caught out at centre-half as well in those situations, it does happen.

“He’s a strong character.”

Squads

YEOVIL: Kysiak, James, Nelson, Smith, Dickson, Gray, Bailey, Worthington, Khan, Zoko, Davies, Olomola, Browne, Maddison, Surridge, Sowunmi, Green, Santos

COLCHESTER: Walker, Jackson, Inniss, Kent, James, Vincent-Young, Loft, Lapslie, Comley, Wright, Reid, Mandron, Hanlan, Odelusi, Kabamba, Murray, Kinsella, Eastman & Gilmartin.

Referee: Antony Coggins (Bicester)

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Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

Paul Lambert will continue to ‘protect’ talented midfielder Teddy Bishop as the youngster strives for fitness following a long injury lay-off.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says he won’t sanction any player departures until he has signed the players he wants in January.

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Signing strikers will be a top priority for Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert in January. ANDY WARREN looks at names who could fit the bill for the Blues.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features a goal from Tony Mowbray in a European triumph, plus a victory over Leeds United.

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Freddie Sears knows Ipswich Town must add goals to their team, with the January transfer window just around the corner.

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