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Football writer Carl Marston assesses the continued strong links between Ipswich Town and Colchester United, ahead of this Friday's pre-season friendly

Colchester United have become stuck in a rut, but flying winger Abo Eisa believes that the U's will still make the end-of-season League Two play-offs.

Here are the reactions of managers and players alike to the U's 2-0 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, when goals by James Norwood and David Perkins sealed a sixth victory on the trot for the visitors.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has described today's home showdown with in-form Tranmere Rovers as the "hardest game of the season."

Mikael Mandron insists that he and his Colchester United team-mates are "still confident" of finishing in the League Two play-off zone this season.

Colchester United's midfield crisis shows no sign of easing, although Ben Stevenson has suffered no reaction to his recent groin injury, and fellow midfielder Tom Lapslie has at least returned to training.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admitted that his side were "lacking in confidence" following another 3-0 defeat, this time at the hands of League Two play-off rivals Exeter City in Devon on Saturday.

Colchester United have rebounded between defeats and victories in recent weeks, and defender Frankie Kent hopes that the U's will again show that bouncebackability at play-off rivals Exeter City this afternoon.

Colchester United correspondent Carl Marston assesses the chances of the U's finishing the season in the League Two play-off zone.

Colchester United boss John McGreal was frustrated with his side's 3-0 home defeat, and also Frank Nouble's late red card, at the hands of Forest Green Rovers.

Colchester United have a chance to cement their place in the top seven, when play-off rivals Forest Green Rovers visit this evening.

Courtney Senior excited supporters, team-mates and management alike with his superb cameo performance during Saturday's 3-0 home win over Newport County.

Colchester United produced one of their best performances of the season, inspired by some electric displays from their many attackers, to completely outplay Newport County on Saturday.

Colchester United face back-to-back home games, over the next four days, against potential League Two play-off rivals which could go some way towards deciding their fate for this season.

Ben Stevenson has graduated from being one of the least experienced central midfielders in Colchester United's squad, to becoming the most experienced fit midfielder, within the space of just a few weeks.

Colchester United's Tom Lapslie will be out for at least another three weeks, while fellow midfielders Harry Pell and Brandon Comley are still struggling with injuries, ahead of Saturday's home clash with Newport County.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has been nominated for the League Two manager of the month award for February.

Colchester United are unbeaten in four matches, with two wins and two draws, but they can afford no let-up against improving Swindon Town today.

The Colchester United midfield duo of Harry Pell and Tom Lapslie are both back in training, after their respective hamstring injuries.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, is ready to risk a few boos from supporters to make the right decisions with regards introducing substitutes.

Colchester United are showing signs that they are the genuine article, with regards being strong promotion contenders this season.

Colchester United have 13 games left, and nine of these are against top-half-of-the-table opposition, with seven of them in the top 10.

Colchester United will be sweating on a late fitness test for midfielder Tim Lapslie, ahead of tomorrow's home test against Carlisle United.

Colchester United correspondent Carl Marston examines what the U's have to do, pointwise, if they want to reach the play-offs, or gatecrash the top three

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Free-scoring Colchester United, targeting what would be their first promotion in 13 years, are on course to become the highest scorers by a U's team since the turn of the century.

Colchester United are bang in form, and hoping to mark their first visit to Macclesfield Town for 20 years with a third win on the spin this afternoon.

Kane Vincent-Young is poised to make his 100th league appearance for Colchester United, away at lowly Macclesfield Town on Saturday, an impressive landmark for a young defender aged just 22.

Colchester United's squad is looking stronger than it has done for many years.

Colchester United boss John McGreal knows full well that his side must "get better results at home," if they are to sustain a promotion push during the last third of the season.

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