Match Preview


Mon 11 Mar 13

After the struggle for consistency in the U’s results faltered at the weekend at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Joe Dunne confirmed on Late Kick Off on Sunday night that the team are relishing the trip to the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday.

Coventry City were once the longest serving team in the top flight of English football having been there for 34 years, but returned to the third tier for the first time since 1964 this season. 

The last time these two teams met was in the Championship in what became United’s relegation season and whilst on the field the clubs fortunes have gone in a similar direction, off the pitch they seem to have been opposite with our hosts only narrowly avoiding administration in 2007. 

Their savior Ray Ranson a former Manchester City, Birmingham City, Newcastle United & Reading player came to the rescue with 30 minutes left before the club would enter into administration, by completing the purchase on behalf of SISU.

Despite the takeover the on pitch woes continued with their relegation to this level of football in 2012.

City sit in 8th place in League 1 now and are making an outside bid to get into the playoffs with a return to Championship football at the first time of asking, but inconsistent form of late has put the brakes on that charge.

We have to look far back in history to find a Col U win away at Coventry - to 26th January 1957 in fact and the Division Three (South) match that saw us run out 4-2 victors.

It was a rare victory for United and of the 28 meetings between the clubs Coventry City have beaten us in 50% of those matches including earlier this season when in front of 3,229 they beat us 3-1 at WHCS.

What should give Colchester United heart is the Sky Blues particularly bad home form this campaign; they have lost their last three at home and only won twice out of the last 10 encounters at the Ricoh Arena. 

Still out of action Freddie Sears isn’t likely to travel, with Jabo Ibehre serving the second of his three-match suspensions for his dismissal at Hartlepool, so Clinton Morrision will get the opportunity to start again upfront after a good display on Saturday against Crewe.

Michael Smith on loan from Charlton also looked useful in spells in that game and now having trained properly with the squad U’s fans will be hoping he can make a bigger impact.

When asked about the U’s chance of survival this campaign on BBC’s Late Kick Off, Joe Dunne simply said "I’m confident" and with recent performances there’s no reason he or anyone connected with the club shouldn’t be, with plenty of points up for grabs in these last nine games, starting with reversing a fifty five year trend in Coventry this Tuesday. 

Match Prediction: 1-0 Colchester “Up the U’s”

Written by @tom_mccormack