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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday 16:03 - Apr 6 with 875 viewsdurham_exile

This weekend sees an intriguing clash at the WHCS between the Promotion and League Title favourites and the momentum fuelled JM inspired Super U’s.

In truth it could be argued that there is a battle between two Colemans within football at present. John is taking his Stanley charges up to league One, whilst Chris is dragging his Black Cats down to League One. This of course will be an interesting scenario next season with the Stadium of Light potentially housing in one game more than have seen Accrington play all season at the Crown Ground (Wham Stadium). But that in essence is the beauty of football, with David versus Goliath occasions playing throughout the Leagues.

Accrington Stanley of course are the club who refused to die and are worthy Champions elect. They have won 14 out of their last 16 games and already have 80 points on the board after 39 games.

Earlier in the season we were abject whilst losing 3-1 to the Reds and we lined up as follows that afternoon:

Walker
Eastman Kent James
Jackson Lapslie Murray Slater Wright
Johnstone Mandron
Subs:
Gilmartin Vincent-Young O’Sullivan Issa Kpekawa Szmodics Kinsella

Only six of that starting XI are likely to run out on Saturday which shows how the team has changed and evolved over the season.

Now their Owner Andy Holt has just been cleared to continue buying the £200 worth of McDonald’s for the players when they win a game. Well Andy there will be no burgers for your team this Saturday in Colchester, save them for Exeter City on the following Saturday at the Wham.

The Reds will also welcome back first choice goal keeper Aaron Chapman after his car accident en route to the home match against Notts County last Monday in front of 3,039.

I do not need to mention Billy Kee after my posts about him before the start of this season but arguably Kayden Jackson is also a real goal threat.

All this of course is coffee house crap, nothing matters but the 90+ minutes on Saturday afternoon when we go toe to toe against the surprise side this season. JM knows that although talk of the play offs is still premature he must be thinking that we have a great chance and indeed another 5 victories will confirm our place. 76 points might even secure sixth spot but lets only worry about seventh place for now.

The problem is that we still have niggling injury worries: Dickenson and Lapslie remain doubts and Drey Wright limped off at FGR on Easter Monday.

JM is the home side and he will want to strike early (another 16 second goal wouldn’t go amiss) If everyone is fit then he will line up 4,4,2:

Walker

Jackson Eastman Prosser Vincent-Young

Wright* Comley Stevenson Dickenson*

Szmodics Mandron

Subs:

Barnes Murray Shodipo Senior Ogedi-Uzokwe Kent Loft

Of course, if neither Marmite* nor Dickenson or Wright can play then Senior* and Comley* will play as at FGR, perhaps with Shodipo getting another outing dependent upon Loft’s fitness.

I was impressed with young Shodipo on Monday and so JM does have options. Ben Stevenson is simply sublime.

This is the biggest game of the season for many reasons, three points will keep the run going and bring the play offs closer, whilst sending out a message to the four remaining sides that we still have to play that we mean business.

Accrington Stanley have become the Arsenal of years ago with so many 1-0 victories recorded. They will be no push overs and it is to Coleman’s credit that they have beaten all before them when it has mattered. He has of course just secured the Manager of the Month award, which as we all know carries a curse with it.

Colchester’s weather will be a balmy 16 degrees Celsius on Saturday with some cloud. A decent crowd will be there for this one. Hopefully 4,500 including 500 from Lancashire.

5 Cup finals

Accrington H
Notts Co H
Lincoln A
Swindon H
Exeter A

League table:

Accrington 39 80
Luton 41 77
Wycombe 41 74
Exeter 40 69
Notts Co 41 67
Lincoln 40 67
Coventry 40 65
Mansfield 40 63
Swindon 40 62
COL U 41 61

Enjoy the game

Keep the faith – the Play Offs are within touching distance

Up the U’s



Durham_exile

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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 17:21 - Apr 6 with 855 viewswessex_exile

Excellent review as ever Durham. Interestingly, on the burger front, the FA have ruled that Andy Holt can continue to buy the burgers, but only if it's for all matches (i.e. as subsistence rather than a bonus payment only following victory). So either he now has to dip his hand in his pocket for every game, or ditch the free meals altogether...

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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 18:07 - Apr 6 with 849 viewsthrillseeker

Durham - excellent as always
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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 09:18 - Apr 7 with 803 viewsnoah4x4

Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 17:21 - Apr 6 by wessex_exile

Excellent review as ever Durham. Interestingly, on the burger front, the FA have ruled that Andy Holt can continue to buy the burgers, but only if it's for all matches (i.e. as subsistence rather than a bonus payment only following victory). So either he now has to dip his hand in his pocket for every game, or ditch the free meals altogether...


I think "......get me out of the jungle" has the right format, although the Apprentice has merit. Everybody gets fed if you win. You all eat crap like a WHCS reheated burger when you lose. The threat of being force fed Green King IPA would be enough for me to double effort.
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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 17:12 - Apr 7 with 769 viewswessex_exile

Can't argue that other results were very much in our favour today - Mansfield lose, Coventry lose and Swindon draw with Carlisle. Leaves us still 4pts adrift, but with one less game to play. You called it spot-on Durham, Accrington Stanley took their chance and ground out another 1-0 victory, and we didn't have enough about us to unlock their solid defence.

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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 18:48 - Apr 7 with 736 viewsbwildered

It 's all about managing your performance. Steadfast, clinical, organized and efficient. The only surprise for Accrington was in seeing the sun .

Oh and the U's, a case of not who are they but where were they ? Walker, man of the match in a side that lacked genuine quality .
[Post edited 7 Apr 2018 19:18]

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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 18:52 - Apr 7 with 735 viewsLeadbelly

Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 17:12 - Apr 7 by wessex_exile

Can't argue that other results were very much in our favour today - Mansfield lose, Coventry lose and Swindon draw with Carlisle. Leaves us still 4pts adrift, but with one less game to play. You called it spot-on Durham, Accrington Stanley took their chance and ground out another 1-0 victory, and we didn't have enough about us to unlock their solid defence.


Not much between the two sides but Accrington were more organised and had the belief. Drey Wright won man of the match. The sponsor's guide dog clearly wasn't watching the same game as me.

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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 11:08 - Apr 9 with 627 viewsHungryStudent

Such a disappointing result felt a draw would be about right, alas this is the way football goes.

I feel our set up is quite similar to Accrington, solid at the back, industrial, sturdy... More like a team trying to battle out of the Conference? The difference between the two is that whilst, in my opinion, we have the quality in defensive/midfield personnel, Stanley have the quality going forward, or at least experience.

Kee = 1 in 2 striker with experience
Jackson = Gives them the pace, mobility up top.

Our problem this season has been going forward. Mandron's a good striker, but in the Ibehre mold, competitive, battling, not a finisher. Szmodics has scored goals but to me it looks like McGreal is holding him back by making him a CAM rather than a number 10 striker who plays off of Mandron. He's been told not to make those attacking runs forward, he's not gambling on Mandron winning headers/holding the ball up. I think McGreal's told him not too so we are not overextended (have another man behind the ball if Mandron doesn't win the flick/hold up).

Wingers/wide men wise, we haven't got the quality in terms of delivery or goalscorers. Drey has improved hugely and is actually looking a good player but no doubt lacks the finishing/delivery that we need. Jackson likewise has awful end product and KVY doesn't, in my opinion, attack enough.

For me, our biggest threat going forward is Senior, but in the centre rather than out wide. No doubt he's a natural winger, but currently he doesn't get the ball enough and a move into the middle, would, in my opinion, allow him to show the quality he posses.

My XI vs Notts:

5-2-1-2

Walker

KVY
Prosser
Kent
Eastman
Jackson

Comley
Stevenson

Senior

Szmodics
Mandron
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Super U's to eclipse Accrington (who are they!) on Saturday on 16:40 - Apr 10 with 574 viewsnoah4x4

We all know it will be;

Walker
Then the usual utterly toothless 9 - 1 - 0 especially if not losing with 20 minutes to go.

I say give Junior, Ryan Gondoh and Paul Rooney a start. They are the future...
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