Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Colchester United vs Addicks

Games will be coming thick and fast over the next few weeks and after our Saturday encounter up at Meadow Lane, there's no time to rest as we face a tough challenge tonight at Colchester United.

Last season this fixture provided a six goal thriller and the way both teams have started we could see this result repeated. The U's managed to collect 3 points in their opening match against newly relegated Preston North End scoring 4 goals in the process. Despite only managing a draw against Wycombe at the weekend, I understand that Colchester had enough opportunities to win the game but missed chances cost them.

It will be interesting to see how the team fares as there may be a bit of stiffness after only playing a few days ago. We were fortunate in a way that our game against Reading was cancelled as it allowed us a bit more recovery time for the Notts County match. Tonight however we will be on an even keel with both teams having played on Saturday. I don't expect to see any changes to the team as it would be a very brave decision to alter a team that has started so well.

Long time Addick Kevin Lisbie was a bit of a fans favourite at the Colchester. Lisbie had two spells at the club. He signed for them in 2007 and finshed top scorer with 17 goals in 42 appearances. Despite this the U's were relegated from the Championship after only one season and Lisbie moved to Ipswich Town. Colchester took Lisbie on loan from Ipswich for the 2009-2010 season and he again finished top scorer with 13 goals in 41 games. By contrast Lisbie only managed 16 goals in 155 appearances for the Addicks!

Other links between the Clubs include former manager Phil Parkinson who took the U's out of League One by finishing runner up, and it was Parkinson who brought Lisbie to Colchester. Former Charlton youngster Kemal Izzet moved to the U's in 2001 after failing to break into the first team. Izzet has made almost 400 appeareances for the U's since joining them.

Back to tonight's game. I expect this to be a very competitive game. Colchester are a decent side at home and they lost only two games at home last season. Therefore a draw tonight could actually be looked upon as a decent result, but we are going to need to be up for it otherwise I can see us losing out to a very combative midfield.

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