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PREVIEW: Colchester United

Swindon Town
vs.
Colchester United

County Ground, Swindon

Saturday 23 August 2008

3pm Kick Off

Swindon Town are back in action at the County Ground this Saturday as they take on Colchester United in League One action.

Vital Quotes:

'I think we were excellent in the first two games and for an hour at Cheltenham but we've got to learn the mental side of the game.

'How can we win, and can we win nastily, if that's the right term? We have to work on our concentration but there are no major problems.'

Town boss Maurice Malpas

Swindon Town Team News:

Swindon Town have been fine at home lately and will hope to continue that trend this Saturday. Town will be boosted by the news that Patrick Kanyuka and Kevin Amankwaah are both available for selection at the back. Town striker Billy Paynter will be able to play after leaving last weeks embarrassment against Cheltenham after being kicked behind the knee. Barry Corr could be set for a spot on the bench after scoring a brace in a reserve match earlier in the week.

Player to watch: Hasney Aljofree

The Town captain has been under intense scrutiny from fans and needs to up his game if Town are to stop the flow of sloppy goals going in at the back.

Colchester United Team News:

Colchester have got off to a poor start and currently sit in the relegation places although that doesn't really mean anything at this stage of the season. Colchester broke their transfer record by signing Steve Gillespie who was linked with Swindon Town in the Summer from Cheltenham. One player who won`t be playing is Jo Kuffour who has been linked with the club who look as if they will struggle to find goals.

Player to watch: Clive Platt

The former MK Dons frontman has just signed a new and improved deal to remain at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. Platt alongside of Gillespie are expected to score for fun this season although they have yet to show their potential.

Match Facts & Stats

The two teams historically have been pretty even matched. Lifetime Swindon are 26-14-23 against the U`s in all competitions. The last time the 2 teams met was during Town`s pathetic 2005/06 League One relegation campaign when Colchester won 1-0 thanks to a Chris Iwelumo penalty. The penalty was awarded due to former Town player Tony Thorpe doing his best Didier Drogba impression and diving across the Layer Road pitch. The last match at the County Ground ended 1-0 to Swindon when Rory Fallon scored in the 90th minute to give Town a rare 3 points on that afternoon.

Match Prediction:

Our home form is pretty good and with a decent sized crowd roaring on Maurice Malpas' side we see Town taking all 3 points. That together with Colchester's lack of goals should be enough to see Town get a home win.

Next Fixtures:

Coca Cola League One: MK Dons V Swindon Town, Saturday 30 September 2008, 3pm kick-off at the Stadium:MK.

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Writer:Moonraker1969
Date:Thursday August 21 2008
Time: 5:23PM

Comments

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Just wish Cureton was still there to get some stick.
STFC_Gazza
21/08/2008 22:26:00
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Cureton who's that ??? ;-)
APG_STFC
22/08/2008 06:51:00
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The guy who got us relegated to League 2 by missing goals deliberately knowing he had a release clause ;) (had to take a shot)
STFC_Gazza
22/08/2008 07:03:00
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glad cureton ent there , could just see him scoring late winner . Think aljof should be dropped but cant see it happening
lawz1981
22/08/2008 08:05:00
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Back 4 should include Ifil, Amankwaah and Jack Smith and obviously one other!
STFC_Gazza
22/08/2008 08:10:00
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