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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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2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
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6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19