Match Preview


Sat 23 Mar 13

Last Saturday 179 travelling U’s fans were in full voice as the end of the game approached, listeners of the radio broadcast were on the edge of their seats and BBC Essex’s representatives at the game were trying to avoid the dreaded "Commentators Curse".  

Colchester United earned a hard fought three points as they continue to try out a new and unusual technique against clubs in the bottom four of playing with ten men!

Joe Dunne had talked much about discipline and U’s fans will be hoping he continues to work on that ahead of the visit of Milton Keynes Dons this Saturday. 

It’s fourth hosting ninth in the form tables, but the Dons hit and miss form means they have only won twice in their last six matches, however more importantly last won away on New Years Day.

Currently 12th in the League One table, MK Dons are on the fringes of the play off picture and also safe from relegation, a factor which may explain the recent results.

Since the team's relocation to become MK Dons, the sides have met 15 times and they have become somewhat of a bogey team for United as we’ve been on the end of some brutal results - their last visit to the Weston Homes Community Stadium ending 5-1 and previous to that a 3-1 loss.

In fact the Dons have taken all three points nine times, but with two of our three victories coming at home and both ending with score lines of 2-0 the U’s have fared better at home when they do get a result.

Scoring for the first time in 27 games last weekend, Clinton Morrison continues to improve and he admitted after the game in Greater Manchester in terms of goal scoring "It's probably been the worst season I've had in my career."

Michael Smith had another solid performance against Bury, but with Jabo Ibehre’s suspension now ended he’ll give Joe Dunne a good selection dilemma for a change.

After his dismissal at Gigg Lane the U’s will be without George Porter and Freddie Sears continues in his bid to return to fitness, which when I asked him how he was progressing earlier in the week he told me he’s "feeling better" and that he’s hopeful that he’s close to returning. 

Joe Dunne most aptly summed up last weeks win and the task at hand after last week’s game when he told the media: "It's a big win for them and for all of us, and we will take it and get ready for two difficult home games now."

A win this Saturday, while Scunthorpe host Doncaster Rovers and Oldham are away at Shrewsbury, who themselves need to keep the momentum going to ensure their own safety, could prove to be a valuable opportunity and would edge us a step closer to the safety we all crave if we can get a result. 

And the truth of the task for the U’s face this Saturday: Milton Keynes will provide a difficult opposition and have shown us in the past they’re always likely to score, but our recent battles have shown that we have fight when it comes to adversity and so will go out to take the Dons to task. 

Match Prediction: 3-1 Colchester… "Up the U’s"

Written by @tom_mccormack