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Preview: Colchester v SWFC

Colchester United

Layer Road



The Owls will be hoping to continue where they left off after a last minute strike against Barnsley gave them their first home victory of the season - but Colchester will be no mugs on home soil after beating Derby, QPR and rivals Ipswich at Layer Road already this season.

Colchester United Team News:

Colchester boss Gerraint Williams has just oen injury concern going in to the clash with striker Marino Keith the only absentee from the side that lost 1-0 against Wolves at the weekend.

Midfielders Kevin McLeod and Johnnie Jackson could be recalled to the side to add some options to his midfield while striker Jamie Guy could feature from the off after featuring as a substitute at Molineux.

Player to watch: Jamie Cureton

The former Reading man will be a major assett to Colchester as they look to avoid a swift return to League One action. The striker has already performed at Championship level and could be the difference between survival and relegation for the U's.

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Paul Sturrock will be hoping captain Graham Coughlan and midfielder Glenn Whelen both pass late fitness tests after coming of in the Owls 2-1 victory over Barnsley at the weekend.

Youngster Tommy Spurr is set to carry on at the centre of defence should Coughlan fail to return while Burton O'Brien is likely to replace Whelen if he fails his fitness test.

Good news for Wednesday is that striker Drew Talbot should be available for selection after Owls fans feared the worst when he took in knock in Saturday's derby match. Talbot came through training unscathed on Monday and should be fit to travel.

Other than that Wednesday will have no fresh injury concerns going in to the match.

Player to watch: Chris Brunt

As he showed on Saturday, he may be frustrating but he certainly has the ability to change a game. Whether he decides to on Wednesday is anyones guess!

Match Facts & Stats

Last Time Out:

Colchester United 1-1 WEDNESDAY

19th March 2005 - Layer Road

Jon-Paul McGovern scored a wondergoal for the Owls as Paul Sturrock's men came from a goal down to take a share of the spoils in the Owls promotion season. A Paul Heckingbottom own goal had seperated the teams just after the break before JP hit back just after the hour mark.

Total Meetings:

CUFC wins: 6
SWFC wins: 2
Draws: 4

Previous Line-Ups:

Colchester: Davison, Barker, Baldwin, Brown, Halford, Garcia, Izzet, Watson (Jackson 83), Duguid, Iwelumo (McLeod 61), Cureton (Guy 83).
Subs Not Used: White, Gerken.

Wednesday: Jones, Simek, Bougherra, Spurr, Hills, Brunt, Whelan (O'Brien 45), Small, Folly, MacLean (Burton 69), Talbot (Tudgay 63).
Subs Not Used: Adamson, Bullen.

Match Betting:

-Taken from

CUFC Win: 23/20
Draw: 9/4
SWFC Win: 2/1

Next Fixtures:

Vs QPR (H) - 21/10/06

Vs Wolves (A) - 28/10/06

Vs Crystal Palace (H) - 31/10/06

Vs Leicester City (H) - 04/11/06

Date:Tuesday October 17 2006
Time: 5:56PM


your gonna struggle tonight I really think , four yorkshire teams in the bottome five , not good really is it :-(
18/10/2006 10:32:00
Not good at all! I'm not confident tonight either but you never know.
18/10/2006 11:01:00
Come on, Barnsley and Plymouth beat em at home..
Auckland Owl
18/10/2006 11:39:00
We are in a mini relegation league, Colchester are now our rivals in this clammer to stay up, we must go out for a win, none of this stupid playing Tudgay in midfield.
18/10/2006 17:32:00
4-0!!!!!!! Looks like you went for a win! Must have been playing 10 up front! :-)
18/10/2006 21:57:00
A disgrace. Is this worse than under Turner et al?
18/10/2006 22:06:00
just got back, live in norwich. It was awful, to get beaten by 4 was bad enough, but so little passion shown was an insult to the travelling fans.
18/10/2006 22:22:00
Come on Owls, you showed some good play tonight, personaly I thought that your best player was the big Guy Folly, our second turned the game and as soon as that went in our tails were up. You should have taken your chances because you created them, some glaring misses. Anyway best of luck, except the return of course!
19/10/2006 00:27:00
Why did idiot Sturrock start with Small down the left & Bullen down the right ? He is just boring !!! Why when we are playing Colchester did we go to just try and contain them. PATHEITIC STUFF !!!
19/10/2006 10:31:00
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