U's feeling confident ahead of Robins test

No return - Colchester United's Brian Wilson (left) battles with Swindon's Matt Ritchie during the U's 1-0 win at the County Ground, in October. Colchester will not have to face Ritchie again, after he was sold to Bournemouth. Picture: WARREN PAGE

No return - Colchester United's Brian Wilson (left) battles with Swindon's Matt Ritchie during the U's 1-0 win at the County Ground, in October. Colchester will not have to face Ritchie again, after he was sold to Bournemouth. Picture: WARREN PAGE

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne wants his side to continue their winning run against Swindon Town tonight.

The U's head into the match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium buoyed by securing back-to-back wins for the first time since October.

But the promotion-chasing Robins lie fourth in the table and are unbeaten in nine matches.

Dunne said: “It’s a very difficult game for us tonight and we’re fighting for survival.

“Swindon are near the top of the table but confidence is high and we have to take every game as it comes now.

“Great credit to the players, coming off nine defeats and getting back to back wins now.

“How quickly football changes but we have to keep on working hard.

“We can’t just rest now otherwise it’ll all fall around us.

“This game can change in a flash and we’ve experienced that.”

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio is threatening to take a squad of only 13 players to tonight's game.

Di Canio is reported to still be mulling over his future as Swindon boss, in the wake of star player Matt Ritchie’s sale to Bournemouth.

U’s boss Dunne said he is a fan of the charismatic Italian, ahead of tonight’s League One meeting.

Dunne said: “I was privileged enough to spend a bit of time with Paolo when we played them earlier in the season.

“He was very good to us and he spoke very well about us.

“I hope Paolo sticks with it but whatever happens at their club is down to them.

“He’s certainly someone who will be around managing for a long time, that’s for sure.”

For a full preview of Colchester United's match with Swindon Town tonight, see Tuesday's Gazette.

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10:12am Tue 5 Feb 13

Boris says...

Come on U's, you can do it, let's do the double over them.
Come on U's, you can do it, let's do the double over them. Boris
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10:46am Tue 5 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

This is a very important game that we can ill afford to lose. Much will depend upon whether or not we have sufficient guile, pace and finishing ability to breach the miserly Swindon defence, whilst being able to fend off their terrific counter attacking prowess.
This is a very important game that we can ill afford to lose. Much will depend upon whether or not we have sufficient guile, pace and finishing ability to breach the miserly Swindon defence, whilst being able to fend off their terrific counter attacking prowess. BlueandWhiteBaz
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12:27pm Tue 5 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

Swindon players were bought in for extra training on Sunday so that their players would be in peak condition for tonights game. Di Canio will want a win tonight at all costs, so it should be a good battle. Lets hope we get a decent crowd this evening to get behind the team..
Swindon players were bought in for extra training on Sunday so that their players would be in peak condition for tonights game. Di Canio will want a win tonight at all costs, so it should be a good battle. Lets hope we get a decent crowd this evening to get behind the team.. crazy comments
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12:52pm Tue 5 Feb 13

super waluigi says...

Touch and go........

Swindon are a good team and will fancy themselves much more than we do.

Thankfully this is not a must win game, thanks to our back to back wins.

Fingers crossed for a good game and let's hope for a positive result.
Touch and go........ Swindon are a good team and will fancy themselves much more than we do. Thankfully this is not a must win game, thanks to our back to back wins. Fingers crossed for a good game and let's hope for a positive result. super waluigi
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12:58pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Finchy74 says...

Gutted I cannot make the game tonight - apparently it wouldn't go down well on my wedding anniversary - why she didn't want to come to the game is beyond me!!

A goo 3 points if we win tonight and keeps momentum. Would settle for a point now though and gear up for all 3 against preston on Saturday!!

Up the U's
Gutted I cannot make the game tonight - apparently it wouldn't go down well on my wedding anniversary - why she didn't want to come to the game is beyond me!! A goo 3 points if we win tonight and keeps momentum. Would settle for a point now though and gear up for all 3 against preston on Saturday!! Up the U's Finchy74
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1:11pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Surb says...

crazy comments wrote:
Swindon players were bought in for extra training on Sunday so that their players would be in peak condition for tonights game. Di Canio will want a win tonight at all costs, so it should be a good battle. Lets hope we get a decent crowd this evening to get behind the team..
That's good though right, meaning the players he has available (which is reported as 14) won't exactly be 100% fit.

Up the U's. I'm there.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: Swindon players were bought in for extra training on Sunday so that their players would be in peak condition for tonights game. Di Canio will want a win tonight at all costs, so it should be a good battle. Lets hope we get a decent crowd this evening to get behind the team..[/p][/quote]That's good though right, meaning the players he has available (which is reported as 14) won't exactly be 100% fit. Up the U's. I'm there. Surb
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