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U's In Good Shape

McGreal's men prepare for weekend clash

7 December 2018

Colchester United play their last home game before Christmas on Saturday, as they take on a Macclesfield Town side that have closed the gap on safety in the last couple of weeks.

Back to back wins have lifted the Silkmen to within four points of safety and they will have a new man in the dugout this weekend as Sol Campbell takes charge of his first League Two fixture.

The U's have won seven out of ten at home so far this season and will be keen to extend that run on Saturday.

They will have benefitted from a weekend off ahead of the hectic festive period and John McGreal is itching to get started again.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, he said: “It would be great to pick up where we left off.

“Our last two performances have been very good to get the four points.

“It’s nice to be back at home again – we’re mindful of the opposition and have a lot of respect for them but generally, it’s about what we do.

“The boys have performed to a really good level.

“It’s going to be tough because as you saw with Exeter, they came with a different style of play and different plan.

“But it’s not for the lack of trying and I think the fans do appreciate the style of football we try and play and we’ve been able to get wins, which has been nice.”

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U's Pick Up Another Important Win

Mandron's strike enough to win the game

8 December 2018

Colchester United made it eight wins from eleven home fixtures this season as they saw off the spirited challenge of Macclesfield Town.

The early periods of the game suggested it could have been a very one sided affair and it seemed only a matter of time until the U's got their first goal, which eventually came just before the half hour mark through Mikael Mandron.

But the second half was a much closer affair as the visitors saw more of the ball without testing Dillon Barnes.

And the U's stood strong to see off the Silkmen and pick up yet another 1-0 win.

Macclesfield had the first effort on goal as Durrell cut in off the wing and bent in a shot that went just past the far post.

At the other end, both Nouble and Jackson had whipped efforts that Kieran O'Hara saved, with Senior also having a third effort as the visiting keeper was kept busy early on.

The visitors had to repel a good ten minutes of pressure before having two chances of their own, with Whitaker stinging Barnes' fingertips and Durrell heading over from six yards out.

The Silkmen had grown in confidence in that period, but it was the U's who went close next with a great flowing move, started with Nouble's strength, and ending with Mandron forcing a good stop out of O'Hara.

The U's eventually got their noses in front on the half hour mark. It was a long ball forward from Kent into the channels, which was superbly controlled by Szmodics.

He and Jackson combined to set up Mandron, who drilled home a left footed finish to beat O'Hara and give the U's the lead.

The Frenchman did more good work on 35 minutes, holding up the ball and setting up Szmodics, but he lifted his effort well over.

They went close to a second on 39 minutes as Vincent-Young to the edge of the box was halted abruptly 25 yards out, but Pell's free kick went just wide.

Three minutes before the break, Vincent-Young embarked on another run forward and got into a good position, but his shot lacked conviction.

Leading by one at the break, the U's almost got a second shortly after the restart, but Mandron couldn't get enough on his header to test O'Hara.

The U's next went close from Szmodics as he beat the offside trap, but he pulled his shot off target, as he lacked his usual ruthlessness on 55 minutes.

The half became a little bit gritty, as Macclesfield looked to find a path to goal and the U's began to grind it out to ensure they wouldn't give up their lead.

Macclesfield should have equalised when, after a good spell of pressure, Kelleher glanced Stevens' cross wide of the far post.

The U's made their changes as Dickenson, Norris and Comley replaced Senior, Mandron and Szmodics during the course of the second half.

Former U's man Rose went into the book with five minutes to go, for a late challenge on Dickenson.

As injury time got underway, Vincent-Young embarked on another run forward and he couldn't quite get his shot away.

But the U's held firm as Macclesfield made one final hurrah to try and get level, and picked up another crucial three points in their quest for promotion.

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