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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16