‘The hits have kept coming’ – Colchester United boss John McGreal

PUBLISHED: 06:30 28 April 2018

Olumide Shodipo gets an acrobatic effort during the U's 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City last weekend, a result which ended the U's play-off hopes and also those of today's visitors Swindon Town. Picture: PAGEPIX

Olumide Shodipo gets an acrobatic effort during the U's 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City last weekend, a result which ended the U's play-off hopes and also those of today's visitors Swindon Town. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Colchester United bring the curtain down on their 2017-18 home campaign, against opposition who have likewise missed out on the League Two play-offs.

The U’s are gunning for a fourth league double of the season, after taking six points out of six against the trio of Crawley Town, Newport and Forest Green Rovers.

They will fancy their chances against a Swindon side who have recently nose-dived out of the play-off race in dramatic fashion after a seven-game winless streak.

The Robins have slipped to ninth spot, seven points behind the play-off zone with just six points up for grabs.

Ironically, their fading hopes of making the top seven were finally quashed by the U’s conceding a last-minute winner in a 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City last weekend, a result which also killed off the U’s own slim play-off chances.

The U’s are down in 11th spot, although they would leapfrog the Robins with a win today, on goal difference.

“We have got to continue the application that we have shown throughout the season,” insisted U’s boss John McGreal.

“There are still decisions to be made for one or two players.

- U’s team news

“A lot of faith and loyalty has been shown by the fans, so we want to send them away feeling quite happy.

“The hits have kept coming this season, like with referring decisions – we have just been notified that the first goal for Notts County (3-1 home defeat a fortnight ago) against us shouldn’t have been allowed, because of a foul on Tom Eastman.

“We have not quite made it this season, but we will keep going. A lot of our football has been terrific, and it’s not been for the want of trying. I’ve been really proud and pleased with some of the boys’ performances, and the team’s performances.”

Squads

COLCHESTER: Walker, Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Vincent-Young, Comley, Wright, Stevenson, Szmodics, Shodipo, Mandron, Murray, Mandeville, Kent, Lapslie, Loft, Senior, Inniss, Ogedi-Uzokwe, Gondoh & Barnes.

SWINDON: Charles-Cook, Knoyle, Romanski, McGivern, Hussey, Anderson, Linganzi, Dunne, Taylor, Richards, Mullin, Banks, McDermott, Twine, Purkiss, Elsnik, Young, Woolery, Menayese & Moore.

Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey)

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