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

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

Frankie Kent chose the perfect time to score his fourth goal of the season, and his third in the league, when stooping to nod home an 84th minute equaliser to secure a point from Saturday's 1-1 draw against Carlisle United.

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

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 are playing like a team who can win promotion this season.

John McGreal faces a few pleasant selection headaches, following the impressive displays of new recruits Abo Eisa and Callum Roberts as substitutes last weekend, for tomorrow's visit of Cheltenham Town.

Luke Norris has returned to training, after his latest ankle injury, and could even be involved in Colchester United's home match against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Colchester United face a key next couple of days, even though they won't be kicking a ball in anger.

Colchester United will almost certainly need to recruit another attacking player, during this month's transfer window, if they are to sustain their League Two promotion push.

Colchester United are still very much in the promotion race, but Saturday's rollercoaster ride suggests that they are not quite good enough to make the top three automatic places.

Deadly marksman Harry Pell admitted that there was "a lot of pressure" on Colchester United's players to end their recent winless streak at Port Vale on Saturday, to steer their promotion bid back on track.

Even though Colchester United failed to beat Notts County, the Football League's basement dwellers, following a 3-3 draw on Saturday, striker Mikael Mandron believes that it could yet prove a "massive point" by the end of the season.

Mikael Mandron might not have known much about his goal, on the stroke of half-time, but it certainly helped Colchester United to claw back a two-goal deficit to draw 3-3 against Notts County.

Two points dropped, or one point gained?

Colchester United striker, Luke Norris, issued an apology to his manager John McGreal and U's fans after his angry response at being substituted during Saturday's goalless home draw against Morecambe.

With the current heavy schedule of five games in 14 days, Colchester United boss John McGreal looks sure to tinker with his starting line-up over the next couple of fixtures, at home to lowly Morecambe tomorrow and away at 18th-placed Crawley Town on New Year's Day.

This was no smash-and-grab away victory.

The return of Luke Norris, after injury, has given Colchester United boss John McGreal a pleasant selection headache looking towards this weekend's long trek up to Cumbria.

Mikael Mandron bagged 10 goals last season, but it took him four months and 22 appearances to break his duck this term.

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admits that it is looking 'rosy' for his team, after another home victory at the expense of bottom club Macclesfield Town.

Carl Marston's Talking Points from yesterday's 1-0 home win over Macclesfield Town

Sammie Szmodics has deservedly been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two player of the month award for November.

Colchester United failed in their attempt to chalk up an eighth win from just 10 home league starts, but it was not for want of trying.

Colchester United correspondent, Carl Marston, awards his U's Player Ratings (out of 10) following yesterday's 1-1 home draw against Exeter City, when Sammie Szmodics' superb 67th minute opener was matched by Jayden Stockley's scrappy equaliser just two minutes later.

Sammie Szmodics has contributed six goals already this season, but Colchester United's talisman attacker has admitted that the loss of leading scorer Luke Norris has been a big blow to the Essex club.

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