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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 2,484) 18th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: K Woolmer

Colchester Colchester United vs Crawley Town Crawley

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A Wordsworth (pen 87)

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K McFadzean (71)

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Last Updated: 17/09/12 4:01pm

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Akpan: Returns to contention

Akpan: Returns to contention

Team news for Tuesday night's League One clash between Colchester and Crawley at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Anthony Wordsworth and Karl Duguid are expected to come back in to Colchester's starting XI.

The midfield duo had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench during Saturday's defeat to Doncaster due to ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Wordsworth replaced skipper Kem Izzet in the latter stages against Rovers and came through unscathed, but Marcus Bean or Andy Bond are most likely to drop to the bench.

John Ward's side are currently on a three-match losing streak and sit bottom of the npower League One table after a string of disappointing performances.

The U's have scored just one goal in their last three outings and Ward is expected to make some changes to his forward line.

Clinton Morrison came off the bench last weekend and could be in contention for a starting place. John-Joe O'Toole may also be recalled to the midfield.

Josh Simpson and Hope Akpan return to the Crawley squad.

The midfield duo missed Saturday's 2-1 win at Preston through suspension after their red cards against Portsmouth the week before.

Dannie Bulman and Mark Connolly came into the side at the weekend and will hope to keep their places after a victory which took the Red Devils up to fourth.

Defender Claude Davis remains a doubt having missed the last three matches with a hip problem while winger Sergio Torres is also likely to sit out again due to a leg injury.

Nicky Ajose is set to partner skipper Gary Alexander in attack again although Billy Clarke, who came off the bench on Saturday, will hope to feature against one of his former clubs.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
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