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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,471) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Russell

Colchester Colchester United vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Colchester 3

G Massey (39)
J Ibehre (43, 62)

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Hartlepool 1

C Lynch (6)

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Last Updated: 28/09/12 12:50pm

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Watt: Could make U's debut

Watt: Could make U's debut

Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon's League One clash between Colchester and Hartlepool at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Joe Dunne takes charge of his first-ever game in senior management.

Dunne was handed the U's job on a permanent basis on Thursday having spent just 72 hours in caretaker charge following John Ward's sacking on Monday, coming on the back of the club's worst start to a season in their history.

Dunne, previously assistant to Ward, has plenty to ponder ahead of the visit of Pools as he looks to secure Colchester's first win of the season in all competitions.

Arsenal duo Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt and MK Dons striker Jabo Ibehre were brought in on loan this week and could be handed their debuts.

Influential centre-back Magnus Okuonghae will be assessed having missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe with an ankle injury.

Matt Heath came in to replace Okuonghae while Ian Henderson was dropped in favour of Karl Duguid, and Dunne must decide how his new side will shape up with the likes of Freddie Sears and Andy Bond also pushing to start.

Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper has no new injury worries for the game, with Steve Howard and Simon Walton his only concerns.

Striker Howard, who had half a dozen stitches inserted in a badly gashed shin, managed to last the full 90 minutes in last weekend's home draw with Shrewsbury and is expected to continue up front alongside either James Poole or Luke James.

Poole got the nod from Cooper last week but was replaced for the last quarter of an hour by teenager James.

Midfielder Walton, an unused substitute against Shrewsbury, is struggling with an ankle niggle, but is also expected to be fit.

Winger Craig Lynch, on loan from Sunderland, made his first start for Pools last week and is hoping to retain his place.

Pools are chasing their first win in five league matches.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 38 83
2 Preston North End 37 73
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 38 61
6 Peterborough United 38 56
7 Barnsley 38 55
8 Rochdale 37 53
9 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 52
11 Oldham Athletic 38 52
12 Chesterfield 37 51
13 Bradford City 36 51
14 Gillingham 38 48
15 Port Vale 38 48
16 Walsall 37 46
17 Coventry City 38 43
18 Scunthorpe United 37 43
19 Crawley Town 38 43
20 Notts County 37 42
21 Crewe Alexandra 38 42
22 Leyton Orient 37 39
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 38 33