Colchester v Exeter preview

Date published: Friday 30th December 2011 10:57

Anthony Wordsworth makes a timely return to Colchester’s ranks for the New Year’s Eve match.

The midfielder, United’s top scorer this term with eight goals, missed the 6-1 Boxing Day embarrassment at home to Stevenage due to a one-match suspension, but will go straight back into the starting XI.

Manager John Ward must now decide how many get the chop against the Grecians, telling the club’s official website: “I could pick any team for Saturday and no-one would have reason to come and knock on my door.

“But with my squad as it is there will be some that will be getting second chances and they better take them.”

The likes of Steven Gillespie, Kemal Izzet, Ben Coker, Tom Eastman and fit-again defender Pat Baldwin will be hoping for recalls, while defender Michael Rose is to be assessed having been forced off against Boro due to injury.

Winger Ashley Vincent (hamstring) is not yet ready to make his return.

Meanwhile, Exeter are sweating over the fitness of on-loan winger Chris Hackett ahead of their trip.

The Millwall man sustained a knee injury after receiving a kick in the Grecians’ 3-1 defeat at Wycombe on Boxing Day and will be assessed by the club’s medical staff prior to kick-off at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Daniel Nardiello, who came off the bench to replace Hackett at Wycombe, could step into the starting XI if required, while Richard Duffy and John O’Flynn are both pushing for recalls.

Otherwise manager Paul Tisdale has a fully-fit squad to choose from, and the Exeter boss has no new suspension worries either as he looks to lead his side to their first win in four attempts.

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Colchester v Exeter preview

Date published: Friday 30th December 2011 10:57

Anthony Wordsworth makes a timely return to Colchester’s ranks for the New Year’s Eve match.

The midfielder, United’s top scorer this term with eight goals, missed the 6-1 Boxing Day embarrassment at home to Stevenage due to a one-match suspension, but will go straight back into the starting XI.

Manager John Ward must now decide how many get the chop against the Grecians, telling the club’s official website: “I could pick any team for Saturday and no-one would have reason to come and knock on my door.

“But with my squad as it is there will be some that will be getting second chances and they better take them.”

The likes of Steven Gillespie, Kemal Izzet, Ben Coker, Tom Eastman and fit-again defender Pat Baldwin will be hoping for recalls, while defender Michael Rose is to be assessed having been forced off against Boro due to injury.

Winger Ashley Vincent (hamstring) is not yet ready to make his return.

Meanwhile, Exeter are sweating over the fitness of on-loan winger Chris Hackett ahead of their trip.

The Millwall man sustained a knee injury after receiving a kick in the Grecians’ 3-1 defeat at Wycombe on Boxing Day and will be assessed by the club’s medical staff prior to kick-off at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Daniel Nardiello, who came off the bench to replace Hackett at Wycombe, could step into the starting XI if required, while Richard Duffy and John O’Flynn are both pushing for recalls.

Otherwise manager Paul Tisdale has a fully-fit squad to choose from, and the Exeter boss has no new suspension worries either as he looks to lead his side to their first win in four attempts.

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Colchester v Exeter preview

Date published: Friday 25th March 2011 11:23

Colchester are likely to be unchanged for the visit of Paul Tisdale’s side.

The U’s ended a four-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over Oldham in midweek and manager John Ward has reported no new injuries.

On-loan Ipswich defender Tommy Smith remains on international duty with New Zealand so Matt Heath keeps his place at centre-half.

Pat Baldwin is still missing with an Achilles injury and fellow defender Magnus Okuonghae has been ruled out for the season following ankle surgery.

Midfielder John-Joe O’Toole has made four appearances as a substitute after almost a year on the sidelines with a cruciate injury and will be on the bench again.

The U’s are currently in 10th place in the table, 10 points off the play-offs.

Exeter boss Tisdale will wait on the fitness of defender Steve Tully before naming his squad.

The 31-year-old full-back suffered a groin injury during the second half of Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat against Yeovil and had to be replaced by David Noble.

Tully will be given as much time as possible to prove his availability but Tisdale may be forced to shuffle his pack if he fails to recover in time.

The Grecians boss could revert to a 4-4-2 formation with Noble taking up a midfield position and Scott Golbourne dropping back to left-back and Richard Duffy moving to right-back.

Tisdale has no other injury or suspension problems to worry about.

Strikers Marcus Stewart and Daniel Nardiello are both pushing for recalls following cameo appearances against the Glovers.

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Colchester v Exeter preview

Date published: Friday 25th March 2011 11:23

Colchester are likely to be unchanged for the visit of Paul Tisdale’s side.

The U’s ended a four-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over Oldham in midweek and manager John Ward has reported no new injuries.

On-loan Ipswich defender Tommy Smith remains on international duty with New Zealand so Matt Heath keeps his place at centre-half.

Pat Baldwin is still missing with an Achilles injury and fellow defender Magnus Okuonghae has been ruled out for the season following ankle surgery.

Midfielder John-Joe O’Toole has made four appearances as a substitute after almost a year on the sidelines with a cruciate injury and will be on the bench again.

The U’s are currently in 10th place in the table, 10 points off the play-offs.

Exeter boss Tisdale will wait on the fitness of defender Steve Tully before naming his squad.

The 31-year-old full-back suffered a groin injury during the second half of Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat against Yeovil and had to be replaced by David Noble.

Tully will be given as much time as possible to prove his availability but Tisdale may be forced to shuffle his pack if he fails to recover in time.

The Grecians boss could revert to a 4-4-2 formation with Noble taking up a midfield position and Scott Golbourne dropping back to left-back and Richard Duffy moving to right-back.

Tisdale has no other injury or suspension problems to worry about.

Strikers Marcus Stewart and Daniel Nardiello are both pushing for recalls following cameo appearances against the Glovers.

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