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Robins to have wings clipped at the County Ground by Super U's
at 17:57 14 Dec 2017

JM takes his rejuvenated charges for a Friday evening visit to the County Ground Swindon for a League Two encounter in what is becoming a very closely fought competition for the top seven places.

As things stand the top two positions may already be taken, but the third automatic place is very much up for grabs along with the remaining four play-off places.
Colchester must be aiming for a top three finish.

Very sensibly the U’s have returned Kabamba to Pompey. He failed to score in 10 appearances and this is a wise move. I trust that another loan signing in January might be beneficial for him.

The injury to key defender Ryan Inniss has come at entirely the wrong time when JM was beginning to play a settled team, a luxury that has not presented itself for some considerable time. Moreover, the three-man defence is the major reason why the results have been more encouraging of late with a much stronger and resilient back line and with a plus 5 goal difference to boot.

JM seems keen to move Jackson back to play alongside Eastman and Kent because James is short of match practice (he would have been my choice). This would then suggest Kyel Reid would return on the wing.

After the euphoria of an anticipated Kurtis Guthrie return things have calmed down somewhat but he may well play a part in some of the forthcoming matches over Christmas when the squad really comes into its own.

Games against Port Vale at Home, Crawley and Chesterfield both Away, before the tasty derby match against Cambridge at the WHCS, will define our position in the top seven before the second week in January, when we will have 20 games remaining.

The top half of the league table is certainly tight as follows with GD separating a plethora of teams:

Luton 21 42
Notts County 21 42
Accrington 20 37
Exeter 21 36
Wycombe 21 33
Lincoln 21 33
Coventry 21 32
Swindon 20 32
Mansfield 21 32
Grimsby 21 32
Newport 21 31

Tomorrow’s game against David Flitcroft’s Robins is intriguing because their Home record matches our Away one and whilst this might point to the outcome resulting in a draw, I think that we must look to secure another Away win against one of our promotion rivals. More so because the next matches are all against teams lower in the table and where we can hope to pick up some more maximums.

Swindon Town will be missing their leading striker Luke Norris, but will still offer a stern test to JM’s U’s. Indeed, it is a real shame that the game is not being televised, because it should be entertaining fare. Instead the televised game is from Hillsborough, where Wednesday play table topping Wolves.

So, with JM looking to minimise changes a suggested team for Friday evening would look like this:


Eastman Jackson Kent

Vincent-Young Comley Lapslie Reid


Wright Mandron


Gilmartin Kinsella Loft O’Sullivan Slater Guthrie Murray

It would be good for Slater, Guthrie and Murray to all get some minutes at the County Ground perhaps 20-30 second half.

In the meantime, we need Ryan Inniss to return ASAP.

Enjoy the game, safe journey for the travelling faithful and it will be very good to move up to 5th place, albeit for 24 hours!!!

Up the U’s

[Post edited 14 Dec 18:24]
Sammie Szmodics
at 18:35 12 Dec 2017

I hope that I am not the only U's fan to be annoyed (no incensed and incandescent) at the negative press about Sammie Szmodics. Suddenly he is on everyone's radar and a move to anywhere is imminent (please not Poorman Road).

Whilst I welcome the success of the academy players (he's one of our own!) and the fact that 5 are playing regularly for the U's is great but please let us not get caught up in the euphoria of SELL, SELL, SELL in January.

It is sadly accepted that we will always be a selling club, but let us achieve something before giving away our prized assets.

Two weeks ago it was "Sammie who" outside of Colchester now we are suddenly wrapped up in a who blinks first bidding war for Szmodics when as far as I am concerned there is no FIRM interest but speculation.

Sammie has played 92 times for the U's since 2013 including cups and scored a creditable 19 goals (9 this season).

League games only TOTAL 77
2013-14 appearances 7
2014-15 appearances 31
2015-16 appearances 5
2016-17 appearances 19
2017-18 appearances 15

Please back off until we have achieved promotion this season before giving him away to some lame Championship side or worse still a league One outfit.

Gilbey and Moncur spring to mind as players who were touted as the next big thing but are languishing at their new clubs.

Sammie we need you at Colchester if we are to achieve anything this season.

Up the Super U's
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Colchester United v Exeter City prediction logged
Grecians to endure a grey day at Fortress Weston
at 23:10 8 Dec 2017

After an enforced fortnight’s rest after the Oxford City debacle, JM prepares to welcome Paul Tisdale’s Grecians to the WHCS on Saturday.

In recent matches Exeter have held the Indian sign over their Essex counterparts but I think the tide is turning. Tisdale is wanted by Birmingham City (although having watched their recent game against Wolves, he would perhaps be forgiven for passing up on the so-called opportunity) but he will undoubtedly have been unsettled by the experience.

Exeter are 4th on 36 points whilst Colchester are 11th on 29 points. Tomorrow is therefore a real six pointer and the Super U’s will have been buoyed by the return to training of Sean Murray and Kurtis Guthrie.

I do not expect either player to start but both will be on the bench. Now the weather is certainly more seasonal, but the worst of the snow appears to have affected the western side of the country and whilst the ground will be firm, it looks to be a dry cold which will help the U’s passing game.

JM will be looking to retain a settled team and the break should have helped training and preparation for this key match.

So, a formation looks likely, along these lines.


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Comley Lapslie Vincent-Young


Wright Mandron


Gilmartin Kinsella Loft O’Sullivan Slater Guthrie and Murray

Assuming Dickenson and Prosser return in the new year, JM will have the quality at his disposal to mount a serious promotion challenge.

He has already hinted at not looking for new signings in January suggesting instead that some of the loanees are retained, (perhaps not Kabamba, Reid and Odelusi) but Comley and Hanlan.

A decent crowd will be expected at Fortress Weston tomorrow. Enjoy the game and roar the Super U’s to three more very welcome points.

Up the U’s

[Post edited 9 Dec 7:38]
JM' Super U's to clip Magpie's wings at Meadow Lane
at 17:55 24 Nov 2017

JM takes his resurgent Super U’s to Meadow Lane for a tough test against one of the promotion contenders, Kevin Nolan’s Notts County on Saturday afternoon.

The weather is set fine, but a cool 5 degrees in the centre of Nottingham and so the pitch should suit the U’s passing game. Meadow Lane is not one of our happier hunting grounds, but JM is fashioning a team capable of achieving promotion and the U’s should travel with a degree of expectation rather than fear.

Nolan is a wily old campaigner and has assembled a team consisting of several 30 something players including Jon Stead (34) and Shola Ameobi (36). Last season they tore the U’s apart in a 3-1 mauling where Chris Porter scored a superb goal but Ameobi was simply different class that day.

This season Ameobi has been often rested between consecutive matches, whilst there has been a lot of nonsense about Stead receiving a “dead leg” against the Glovers and missing the game tomorrow. This of course is gamesmanship, Stead will undoubtedly line up for the Magpies as Nolan looks to maintain a great run at home using his “Dad’s Army” against JM’s youthful pretenders.

Sadly, I cannot be there tomorrow but with my recent record of U’s games that is probably just as well. The irony is that I strongly believe that the U’s will prevail in front of a bumper crowd (£10 admission) in what could be a classic encounter.

Even a draw will be considered a decent result, but we need to demonstrate intent and win at the home of the Magpies. Key players are all on the way back and when Prosser, Guthrie, Murray and Dickenson return it will be like a new team in the new year.

Now despite Doug Loft sustaining another injury on Tuesday night, the U’s have an able replacement in Comley. JM is also thinking I am sure about playing a virtually unchanged team.

Therefore, something along the following lines in a 3,5,2 formation:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Lapslie Comley Szmodics Vincent-Young

Wright Mandron


Gilmartin Kinsella James O’Sullivan Slater Reid Hanlan

The top nine placings after 19 games looks like this:

Luton 19 38
Notts Co 19 38
Accrington 19 37
Exeter 19 33
Swindon 19 32
Coventry 19 31
Mansfield 19 31
Wycombe 19 30

Tomorrow’s game is huge therefore and it is great for once to realise that a victory could see the U’s enter the top seven places. That would be something to celebrate at 4.50pm.

The faithful will travel in number for this one. Much has been written about the more youthful element this week. As long as they get behind the team and allow the players to write the headlines on Sunday, I will be delighted.

Safe journey to the faithful, enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

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Notts County v Colchester United prediction logged
Lincoln to be impaired by Super U's tonight at WHCS
at 18:18 21 Nov 2017

JM prepares to do battle with Danny Cowley’s Imps at the WHCS this evening. Following a no score draw against the Shrimps on Saturday (very much 2 points dropped) the U’s must endeavour to create more in the attacking third and look to see off one of the League’s meanest defences having conceded 17 goals in 18 matches. However, they have only scored 21 goals which sees them in 10th place on 27 points. After Cowley’s inspired managerial performances last season in Cup and National League, they have settled well in the higher division and will provide a good test for the U’s. They will also offer more attacking intent than Morecambe.

The weather in Colchester is a balmy 13 degrees now and with only a 10% chance of rain it should be a decent evening at the Fortress.

Tonight’s game will be important before the tough encounter at Meadow Lane on Saturday. Three points tonight is very much order of the day and I hope that JM selects a suitable creative and attacking team to take the game to Lincoln.

Suggested line up in a familiar 3,4,1,2 formation:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Slater Marmite Vincent-Young


Mandron Hanlan

Gilmartin Kinsella Loft Wright Reid Odelusi Comley

JM is clearly looking for some stability in his team selection and whilst we continue to miss Prosser, Dickenson, Guthrie, Murray and Senior, he must pick the team accordingly.
Home matches must dictate a more attacking intent and so Szmodics must play with two strikers ahead of him. The wing backs Jackson and Vincent-Young are dependable and pacy whilst the bench allows more pace to be introduced in the form of Wright and Reid. Doug Loft unless 100% fit must start off on the bench.

The attendance was disappointing on Saturday, evening matches always add a certain sparkle under the (Christmas) lights and Lincoln will surely bring 500 Imps to cheer them on.

Attack, attack, attack must be the battle cry and to start early before they can settle in their defensive formation.

Tonight, also must see one of the strikers manage at least one goal. This must be Hanlan’s last chance to impress before he is surely relegated to the bench in favour of Odelusi. I’m sure that if Guthrie can be ready for the key December games, then everyone will be a tad happier in North Essex.

So, a decent atmosphere, a good opposition and balmy November weather, enjoy the game and lets get back to winning ways at the fortress.

Up the U’s

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Colchester United v Morecambe prediction logged
Shrimps to be potted by Super U's at Fortress WHCS
at 21:45 17 Nov 2017

Saturday sees the first of our double header home games against Morecambe under the tutelage of Jim Bentley and Ken McKenna, before Danny Cowley and his Imps from Lincoln arrive on Tuesday night.

Both matches will be interesting affairs, Morecambe are putting together a decent run of victories and Lincoln are just above the Super U’s in the table. Two wins and we will be in the top seven places. Bring it on.

I note that Jose Mourinho surprisingly can name Zlatan, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rojo in his squad for the visit of Newcastle. Sadly, JM cannot yet name Prosser, Dickenson, Guthrie, Murray and Senior in his squad. They will return to cement our top three place later in the season. With 29 more league games to play there are plenty of points to obtain if we are to achieve Automatic Promotion. That surely must be the aim now.

JM has been talking about team spirit and Kane Vincent-Young has talked about honesty. Clearly the dressing room is buzzing at present and the U’s must be careful not to allow complacency into the ranks.

Concentration will be required to ensure that the decent league form can continue. After all, Notts County, Exeter and Swindon will all be challenging games prior to Christmas. Oxford City denied us the chance of successive games against the Magpies, so we must make the most of our chance to improve on a wretched run of results at Meadow Lane.

Still back to this weekend and the visit of the Shrimps, who demonstrated that this league is no respecter of league positions with a hard-earned win against the Chairboys last time out.

Now we owe Morecambe after their 88th minute penalty last season cost us two vital points that would have secured seventh place and a chance at the play offs. Ultimately, we came up short and perhaps the old maxim about the league table never lying was correct, we were not good enough to go up, but another year later we can secure a promotion spot.

Morecambe will be looking to add to their mini revival and with the result against Oxford City still reverberating around the WHCS it is up to the players to put things right tomorrow. This will be our third meeting against Morecambe and we have yet to win after two drawn games last season.

Christmas shopping notwithstanding, there should be a decent crowd after the disaster to close much of the stadium a fortnight ago.

JM could be tempted to start the same team that played and won at Barnet, but he must play Sammie Szmodics and so must decide who to stand down:

The keeper and back three pick themselves, but the conundrum is midfield. Jackson, Loft, Vincent-Young are certs but who to join them. Lapslie (Marmite) will be keen to play but what about Slater, Reid and Comley. A couple will miss out because Mandron and Wright and Hanlan wish to play also.

Well we are at home and, so I would expect to see a 3,4,1,2 formation something like this:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Lapslie Loft Vincent-Young


Mandron Hanlan


Gilmartin Kpekawa Kinsella Comley O’Sullivan Slater Wright

The faithful will be salivating when Dickenson and Guthrie are match fit, but we still unfortunately have time to wait.

We will of course have shipped out Kabamba and Odelusi by then.

A cold night tonight in North Essex, about 2 degrees but sunshine and 9 degrees tomorrow. Pitch superb and a good atmosphere generated by the faithful.

Enjoy the game, if results go our way we could be seventh tomorrow night.

Up the U’s

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Barnet v Colchester United prediction logged
Super U's to sting the Bees at the Hive on Saturday
at 23:51 10 Nov 2017

Fresh from back to back Cup defeats (Oxford City have drawn Notts Co away in Round 2 of the FA Cup whilst Scummend go to Peterboro in Round 2 of the Checkatrade Trophy) JM aims to secure more away points at the Hive this weekend against Barnet.

JM and MM both lost out to Nathan Jones and Tom Pope respectively in the EFL League Two awards. So, no curse of the MOTM then on Saturday!!!

Instead and with no more Cup distractions (Essex Senior Cup notwithstanding) Colchester must be looking to take maximum points at the Hive. Barnet will have dangerous striker Shaquile Coulthirst available, but Richard Brindley is out for the North London side.

The upbeat reports and comments have been hardly justified this week after the embarrassment of defeat to lowly Oxford City, then JM picked a team that was never at the races at Scummend on Tuesday night.

One thing is becoming clear, Kabamba, Odelusi, Comley and Hanlan will be making a Le Mans start out of the WHCS on 1 January 2018. I’m afraid that none have lived up to the expectations when they signed on loan. Kyel Reid should be encouraged to sign on until May though and to stay along with Ryan Inniss (who is on a season long loan already).

Pompey didn’t want Kabamba cup tied but now both teams are out of the F A Cup it is rather irrelevant. Unless he can prove me wrong, I am neither impressed with him nor with the other three loanees.

We desperately need Prosser, Guthrie and Dickenson back but although we might see Guthrie before Christmas the others will not be back before February time.

The players and JM owe the supporters a performance and a result, let us see if JM will be brave enough to attack Barnet on Saturday.

Team 3,4,1,2:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Vincent-Young Slater Reid


Wright Mandron

Gilmartin Kinsella O’Sullivan Kpekawa Lapslie Hanlan James

Please release Comley, Kabamba and Odelusi back to their clubs early.

A victory could move the U’s up to the top ten on Saturday, with a double header against Morecambe and Lincoln to come, a top seven spot could be the on the cards by December.

One thing is certain, there has been much talk about promotion and top of the form table! Let’s see some actual results now to put the disappointment of the cups behind us.

Safe journey for the 400+ faithful.

Enjoy the game.

Let’s hope the U’s are buzzing at 4.50pm

Up the U’s

No excuses this evening for the U's at Roots Hall
at 18:35 7 Nov 2017

JM takes his beleaguered and embarrassed charges to Roots Hall tonight for the vital Checkatrade Trophy game, which the U’s need to win if they are to progress.

After their abject performance on Saturday, the local derby gives the ideal opportunity for the U’s to secure bragging rights and a vital win against Phil (Orange) Brown’s team.

It is ironic that JM is up for the Manager of the Month Award for October and Mikael Mandron is one of the players vying for an award. Neither JM nor Mandron covered themselves in glory at the weekend and frankly had Mandron scored early doors we might have secured the comfortable win against Oxford City that the majority of supporters forecast.

The decision not to open certain stands led to a hopeless 1,775 crowd and the atmosphere was clearly missing for the Cup tie. One thing is certain Notts County will see the Oxford team off in Round 2 as we should most certainly have done.

The players owe the long-suffering supporters a result and JM must field a strong team. Anthony Wordsworth may not play for the hosts this evening, but Brown has said that he will also field a strong side after their F A Cup defeat to Yeovil on Saturday.

I am more concerned that JM is playing some of his best players out of position. Reid is a winger and Wright is also an attacker, neither should be misemployed in the team and there is no excuse when JM has plenty of options to choose from.

Pompey did not want Kabamba cup tied but they of course lost at Luton, so JM should show some faith in the lad and put him up front with Mandron

I would play something along the following lines:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Slater Lapslie Reid

Wright Mandron Kabamba

Walker Kpekawa Kinsella Vincent-Young Szmodics Odelusi Hanlan

Nothing more to say, the players should need no encouragement to put in a decent performance against their local rivals and to hopefully progress in the trophy game.

Of course, the game on Saturday is arguably more important but JM will not want to be eliminated from two cups in the space of a few days.

Safe journey

Enjoy the game

Up the U’s

The magic of the Cup comes to the WHCS
at 21:37 3 Nov 2017

JM is surely looking forward to the magic of the F A Cup this weekend with a home tie against non-league Oxford City. After the rigours of the league this will not only be a welcome distraction but also the chance for the U’s to start to dream of another glory tie against one of the Premier League’s big six teams.

Now of course the team and management are all making the right noises; no complacency, not taking anything for granted, being professional etc but in fairness and with no disrespect to the National League South side, they should be well beaten at the WHCS on Saturday.

Oxford City, managed by Mark Jones, have nothing to lose and absolutely no pressure on them as they prepare to face the Super U’s. They have a history that can be traced back to 1884 and their motto is “Fortis est Veritas” – Truth is strong! They sit 21st in the National League South and have not won in the league since August, but they are unbeaten in the Cup!

Tomorrow is not a day for sentiment, JM must ensure that Colchester put them well and truly to the sword. 5-0 would be the correct sort of result for this encounter.

There has been talk this week that both Kane Vincent-Young and Sammie Szmodics are close to a return but tomorrow is too soon for them both. Southend on Tuesday may be the opportunity to ease them back ahead of the important game at Barnet the following Saturday.

Pompey have asked that Kabamba not be considered because they do not want him cup tied, although they have a difficult tie at Luton to overcome first.

Marmite will be back after his suspension and the impressive Doug Loft appears to be gaining more match minutes every week. Guthrie, Dickenson and Prosser all remain long term injuries, but it will be great to have them back in the New Year.

I hope that JM plays a strong team something along these lines in a 3,4,3 formation:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Loft Lapslie Reid

Wright Mandron Hanlan

Gilmartin Kpekawa Kinsella O’Sullivan Odelusi Comley Slater

After Mikael Mandron scored his first ever league brace, he must be rating his chances of a hat trick against Oxford tomorrow. The key will be to start quickly and score early to ease any potential banana skins and then to ensure that the U’s superior fitness holds sway.

The weather tomorrow in North Essex is set for rain showers and occasional sunny intervals with a high of 12 degrees Celsius. The pitch will be pristine and will not require watering!

Despite the controversial nature of the closure of certain stands, the faithful will be willing the Super U’s to a handsome victory.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

Col U to ensure that Porter and Crewe are truly up the Junction at the WHCS
at 21:59 27 Oct 2017

JM returns to home league action at the WHCS on Saturday after more creditable Away performances which have seen Col U climb to 15th in the table. Three more points against the Railwaymen is the order of the day.

Last season the U’s ended their hoodoo at home against Crewe with a thumping 4-0 win. A similar scoreline tomorrow would be just what the Doctor ordered but of course former U’s favourite Chris Porter returns to the ground where he was top scorer and would surely like to score against his old club. Interestingly Chris Dagnall is one of those players who is more likely to score against the U’s but as long as we score at least one more than Crewe, then the majority of the fans at the WHCS will go home happy.

Crewe sit 17th in the table with recent disappointing results after a bright start to the season. Dave Artell will be looking to improve upon their poor away form and this is one of those games where we need to hit the ground running and score early.

JM will be looking to secure a 4th Home Victory of the season ahead of next week’s F A Cup tie against Oxford City.

The good news tomorrow is that Kyel Reid is free to play after missing the Coventry City game because of the terms of his loan deal.

Marmite is suspended after falling on the ball and foolishly handling it at the Ricoh. It may have been a harsh sending off but having just been booked deliberate handball was a stupid offence to commit. It does at least allow JM to play Murray and Slater together with Jackson and Reid alongside.

Likely team in a 3,4,3 formation:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Slater Murray Reid

Wright Mandron Hanlan

Gilmartin Kpekawa Kinsella Comley O’Sullivan Kabamba Odelusi

The weather is looking good in North Essex tomorrow, the pitch will be pristine, time to derail the Railwaymen and continue our march towards the top seven in league Two.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

Super U's to ensure that City are feeling Blue at 4.50pm today
at 13:09 21 Oct 2017

JM takes his buoyant charges to the Ricoh Arena to play the Sky Blues managed by Mark Robins.

Now forget all the guff about Coventry City being a “big club” with a nice stadium and a large supporter base. They’re now in the basement league because they were not good enough to stay in league one last season.

After a decent start to the campaign they have found the going to be tougher than perhaps anticipated and this culminated in a defeat to basement team Forest Green on Tuesday night. The home support will be depleted by one after the lifetime ban rightly awarded to one of their clowns who attacked the Forest Green players after the game.

Colchester by contrast will have been buoyed by the result in South Wales after the disappointment of the home defeat to the Cumbrians. Yes, football is all about results and each result is disseminated and cogitated over by the club, the supporters, the media in an attempt to either justify a poor performance or bask in the reflected glory of a decent one.

Sadly, I can’t be at the Ricoh today to see Colchester win again on the road. Other engagements hold sway. In truth I loathe Coventry since the FA Cup tie at Highfield Road in 2004 when my younger son was hit by a metal object thrown by a Coventry yob when we took the lead. Colchester deservedly won the replay and I received on my son’s behalf a written apology from the then Coventry chairman but the incident could have been so much worse had it hit him directly instead of rebounding from the back of the seat he was occupying.

Returning to today, Mark Robins was a good professional footballer and he will be hoping to secure promotion for the Sky Blues this season. The pressure is on them and it is up to JM to ensure that Colchester play to their strengths to give Coventry a hard time today.

It is a shame that Kyel Reid cannot play this afternoon, the terms of his loan prevent it but he was treated shabbily by Coventry and many of the so-called Sky-Blue fans comments towards him have been vitriolic at best.

So, who does JM start with this afternoon. I suspect a 3, 5, 2 formation which should include the following:


Eastman Inniss Kent

Jackson Lapslie Murray Slater Wright

Mandron Hanlan

Gilmartin Kpekawa James Kabamba Odelusi Kinsella O’Sullivan

A decent pitch, large stadium, perhaps a 7,000 crowd that will need to be quietened early doors and the U’s faithful in good voice. Safe journey to the travelling Colchester supporters, enjoy the game and three more points in an entertaining game.

Up the U’s

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U's to spring a surprise at the Exiles home this evening
at 16:06 17 Oct 2017

Fresh from a disappointing result against Carlisle, JM takes his charges to a rejuvenated Newport County team at the “new” Rodney Parade. The Exiles have re-laid their pitch and are unbeaten since March 2017. Mike Flynn has produced some impressive results and they are currently 6th in the table with 24 points from 13 games.

Frankly Colchester’s finishing against the Cumbrians was woeful and they must do much better this evening in South Wales. On Saturday they travel to Coventry City, a team that we have a wretched record against and a team that I loathe entirely. In order to prepare properly for the Ricoh, three points this evening would not only be helpful but also would raise confidence levels.

JM has already said that he will not risk players who have been injured coming back into the side too soon, but he made the mistake of playing Kurtis Guthrie albeit as a substitute and he has now suffered a setback in his return to the first team.

Therefore, he should not risk either Kane Vincent-Young or Ryan Inniss this evening.

I would suggest a 3,5,2 formation along these lines:


Eastman Kent Kpekawa

Wright Jackson Murray Slater Reid

Mandron Odelusi

Gilmartin James Comley Lapslie Kabamba Hanlan Loft

Make no mistake, the season has been an indifferent one. After three games unbeaten I think that an element of complacency set in. There is certainly no requirement for such thinking tonight, the U’s will do very well to take anything at Rodney Parade unless they are prepared to compete from the off and to take their chances when presented with them.

JM is unsure of his best XI, he continues to ring the changes but the team must become more settled and he must not be afraid to drop players who are not performing.

We all bemoan the lack of Guthrie and Dickenson, but the players we have are good enough they must learn how to compete and challenge in this League. Tonight, is a classic example where a team who were awful last season are playing out of their skins at present.

Let us see some passion and commitment and the opportunity to grind out a result.
Safe journey to Wales.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

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