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More Of The Same?

30 December 2014

U's hope to continue their positive record in Wales.


Colchester United will be hoping to continue their positive record on visits to South Wales when they take on Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Friday night.


The previous season had seen them draw 0-0 after a fine display by Dean Gerken in the U's goal, whilst Karl Duguid, Kem Izzet and Dean Morgan all scored for Colchester back in 2003 as the U's recorded a 3-0 victory at Ninian Park.

They were heavily defeated in the 2007/8 season that saw us come back to League One, with Johnnie Jackson's first half goal cancelled out by four second half strikes by City players Steven Thompson, Peter Whittingham, Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink and Adam Virgo.

Although this will be the U's first visit to the new Cardiff City Stadium, they have only lost on three of their last nine visits to face the Welsh side since returning to the Football League in 1992. 

In April 1998, the U's first season at Division Two level, the U's won 2-1 in Cardiff, with Paul Abrahams and David Gregory - who will be in attendance on Friday for the U's media team - scoring for visitors.

Joe Dunne, who went on to be U's manager, rescued a point with a late, late equaliser on a Tuesday night in November 2001, whilst Kevin Nugent - briefly Leyton Orient manager this season - grabbed a late winner when City ran out 3-2 winners the season before, with Lomana Tresor Lua Lua and Jason Dozzell grabbed the U's goals that Friday night.
And the U's also won in Wales in February 1997. Steve Whitton and Tony Adcock got the Colchester goals on that occasion.


In what will be the sides' first meeting in the FA Cup, the U's will be hoping to ensure that it's only three defeats in ten by the time the final whistle blows on Friday night.

The third Colchester defeat came way back in November 1992, with City running out 3-1 winners.

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