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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,103) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Hooper

Colchester Colchester United vs Walsall Walsall

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Last Updated: 23/09/11 10:55am

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Macken: In contention

Macken: In contention

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Colchester and Walsall at Weston Homes Stadium.

Colchester manager John Ward will assess his squad in training towards the end of the week before deciding whether to make changes for the home tie.

The Us saw a run of three successive draws ended by last weekend's comprehensive 3-0 defeat away to high-flying Sheffield United.

It was a disappointing display from Colchester, and Ward told his club's official website: "We will aim for a better performance this Saturday.

"I think about how we might change the side each week and I saw the reserves (win 2-0 at Southend on Tuesday) and they did very well.

"But I want to see the boys in training on Thursday and Friday and then decide whether to make those changes or whether to stay with it."

Ward has no new injury or suspension problems but remains without midfielder John-Joe O'Toole as he serves the second game of his three-match ban, as well as long-term absentees Ashley Vincent (knee) and Bradley Hamilton (fractured cheekbone).

Jon Macken returns to contention for Walsall's trip.

The 34-year-old striker has missed the Saddlers' last two games with a hamstring injury but trained this week and is likely to start at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Manager Dean Smith is set to ring the changes having been less than impressed with last weekend's performance in the 2-2 draw at home to Scunthorpe.

Smith brought in five new faces for the lacklustre display and it remains to be seen how he will line up this time around.

He must also decide whether to keep faith with the 4-5-1 system he adopted from the start against the Iron, prior to reverting back to 4-4-2.

Claude Gnakpa (hamstring) remains the only player missing, though the midfielder could return against Carlisle next week.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40