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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside 21:07 - Sep 6 with 646 viewsdurham_exile

After the non-event that was the Checkatrade Trophy match on Tuesday evening JM takes his charges to the ground where he played 233 games for Tranmere Rovers before leaving for Ipswich Town.

Tranmere are managed by Micky Mellon, who coincidentally is also 46 years of age and knows JM well. Tranmere also lost on Tuesday in a seesaw Checkatrade game 4-3 to Crewe, which means that neither Tranmere nor Colchester picked up the £10K win bonus (even a draw would have netted £5K). Both teams now face tough matches if they are to progress in the competition.

In truth our recent record against Rovers is not brilliant and the last time that I saw us defeat them was in a bizarre game at Prenton Park played on Friday 26 September 2008 when the U’s ran out 4-3 winners. My eldest son was at the University of Central Lancashire and I picked him enroute to the game from Durham. The game was all square at 1-1, but we then managed to score 3 more goals to lead 4-1, but allowed a nervy ending when Rovers scored two late goals. (Colchester’s goals were scored by David Perkins, Mark Yeates, Clive Platt and Johnny Jackson). The attendance of 5,713 is likely to be bettered on Saturday, because Rovers are playing well at home and are as yet unbeaten in the league at Prenton Park, despite their midweek cup reverse.

Tranmere boast the league’s top scorer in James Norwood with 6 goals to date. They are well supported at home and I notice that they took 691 supporters to watch their recent 1-1 draw against the Cobblers. Make no mistake this will be a challenging game.

Now for those of you that still buy programmes (I certainly do) make sure that you also buy the excellent Tranmere fanzine. It is always a good read and last time I was at Prenton park it was £2, great value. The humour is superb.

Now sadly it hasn’t taken Colchester long to start with the injuries. Tom Lapslie has unfortunately succumbed to surgery on his knee and will be out for some weeks. Brennan Dickenson has a back problem and I thought that he too would be out for some time, but amazingly he played over 60 minutes on Tuesday night.

In such a match, why he was risked is beyond me. He had fought back after a long spell on the sidelines and was just beginning to play the attacking wing play that we had grown to love.

With Brandon Comley away on International duty with Montserrat, JM must make a couple of changes to an otherwise settled team.

I would suggest something along the following lines in a 3,4,1,2 formation:

Barnes

Eastman Prosser Kent

Jackson Pell Wright Vincent-Young

Szmodics

Norris Nouble

Subs:

Ross Rooney Barnes Collins Senior Mandron Gondoh

JM made some debuts from his youngsters and fringe players on Tuesday night which didn’t quite work out, but they will have all benefitted from the occasion. He will return to a strong XI less injury victims Lapslie and Dickenson.

My tickets arrived today (I have persuaded my youngest son to go!). We are situated in the quaintly named Summit Marine Scaffolding Cowshed Stand. The changeable weather at present is likely to see rain showers on Saturday on Merseyside and a temperature of 16 degrees Celsius.

League Table Top 7 places:

Lincoln 6 16
Newport 6 13
Mk Dons 6 12
COL U 6 11
Yeovil 6 11
Oldham 6 11
FGR 6 10

Tranmere are 11th on 9 points, so you can see how tight the table is and the need for Colchester to keep their winning run going again.

This will be a difficult game and one where a good result will send out the right sort of message ahead of the home derby game with Cambridge and another long trip to Boundary Park Oldham before the end of the month.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game. Colchester to edge a thriller.

Up the U’s

[Post edited 8 Sep 11:01]

Durham_exile

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 14:13 - Sep 8 with 473 viewsFruitbat

Apparently Prosser is suspended. Who knew?
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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 14:40 - Sep 8 with 458 viewsRSCOSWORTH

JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 14:13 - Sep 8 by Fruitbat

Apparently Prosser is suspended. Who knew?


Evidently Jackson was booked against Cheltenham when it should’ve been Prosser. Prosser then got booked in the second half and both cards have been given to him hence why he’s banned today. I’m guessing that’s for totting up rather than two yellows making a red. Seems madness whichever way it is though.

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 14:47 - Sep 8 with 455 viewsRSCOSWORTH

JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 14:40 - Sep 8 by RSCOSWORTH

Evidently Jackson was booked against Cheltenham when it should’ve been Prosser. Prosser then got booked in the second half and both cards have been given to him hence why he’s banned today. I’m guessing that’s for totting up rather than two yellows making a red. Seems madness whichever way it is though.


Just looked and it appears that the suspension is for receiving two yellows last Saturday. How is that fair? He got a second booking not knowing he’d got the first!

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 15:53 - Sep 8 with 434 viewsLeadbelly

JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 14:47 - Sep 8 by RSCOSWORTH

Just looked and it appears that the suspension is for receiving two yellows last Saturday. How is that fair? He got a second booking not knowing he’d got the first!


As fair as Jackson playing on one yellow when he’s done nothing wrong.

I have no problem whatsoever with the football authorities reviewing incidents and correcting obvious errors, especially when red and yellow cards are involved.

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 17:39 - Sep 8 with 410 viewsFruitbat

JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 15:53 - Sep 8 by Leadbelly

As fair as Jackson playing on one yellow when he’s done nothing wrong.

I have no problem whatsoever with the football authorities reviewing incidents and correcting obvious errors, especially when red and yellow cards are involved.


And it probably helped us to win the game last week.
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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 15:53 - Sep 8 by Leadbelly

As fair as Jackson playing on one yellow when he’s done nothing wrong.

I have no problem whatsoever with the football authorities reviewing incidents and correcting obvious errors, especially when red and yellow cards are involved.


But surely you’d play differently if you knew you were on a yellow card? Prosser didn’t. It’s a bit like awarding a goal to a team after a game has finished 0-0 and them getting the win and three points. I agree with subsequent bans for missed red card offences but this to me seems ridiculous.

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 20:24 - Sep 8 with 363 viewsLeadbelly

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But surely you’d play differently if you knew you were on a yellow card? Prosser didn’t. It’s a bit like awarding a goal to a team after a game has finished 0-0 and them getting the win and three points. I agree with subsequent bans for missed red card offences but this to me seems ridiculous.


So Jackson didn’t play differently when he was on a yellow card he shouldn’t have had?

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 20:24 - Sep 8 by Leadbelly

So Jackson didn’t play differently when he was on a yellow card he shouldn’t have had?


Yes I’m sure he did but bit confused what your point is. It’s not like we gained anything from that is it?

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 21:58 - Sep 8 with 330 viewsLeadbelly

JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 21:49 - Sep 8 by RSCOSWORTH

Yes I’m sure he did but bit confused what your point is. It’s not like we gained anything from that is it?


Whether we gained anything or not from the error is a matter of opinion. The fact is that the officials made a mistake which has been corrected. That you think that is somehow on Prosser is what I find confusing.

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 21:58 - Sep 8 by Leadbelly

Whether we gained anything or not from the error is a matter of opinion. The fact is that the officials made a mistake which has been corrected. That you think that is somehow on Prosser is what I find confusing.


Cause and effect Lead. If he knew he was on a yellow he would’ve played differently to minimise the chances of getting another one you would think. McGreal might have even subbed him to prevent him from being red carded.

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JM to preside over victory at his return to the Rovers on Merseyside on 09:06 - Sep 9 with 261 viewsLeadbelly

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Cause and effect Lead. If he knew he was on a yellow he would’ve played differently to minimise the chances of getting another one you would think. McGreal might have even subbed him to prevent him from being red carded.


Quite possibly but instead the innocent party, Jackson, has to amend his play instead. Unfair for him for sure.

Prosser knew he should have been booked for the offence because a yellow card was issued to Jackson. Presumably he is also aware that the football authorities can make retrospective amendments to red and yellow cards so should also be aware that he could be suspended as he has been. This didn’t stop him getting booked later in the game though.

The rules have been applied and an error corrected. Prosser has not been treated unfairly in any way. All this would have been avoided, of course, if Prosser had pointed out the referee’s mistake rather than let Jackson be booked in his place. He chose otherwise which doesn’t surprise me at all.

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