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Crawley Crawley Town vs Colchester United Colchester

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McFadzean: Expected to miss out again

McFadzean: Expected to miss out again

Team news ahead of the New Year's Day clash between Crawley and Colchester at Broadfield Stadium.

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker could ring the changes.

The Red Devils were comfortably beaten 2-0 at Bournemouth and the manager hinted at changes after the game.

"There were a few players out there who did not work hard enough," he said. "One or two did not step up to the mark, maybe it was because of tiredness."

Barker expects a reaction from his players as Town aim to win a first home league game since October against struggling Colchester.

Defender Kyle McFadzean is expected to be missing through illness once more, but Baker has no new injury worries.

Jonte Smith is looking to build on his first 11 minutes of Football League action he received on Saturday while Billy Clarke, Sergio Torres and John Akinde are pushing for inclusion.

Colchester are without suspended defender Josh Thompson for their trip to the Red Devils.

Thompson was unavailable for the game against Swindon, but after the fixture was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the one-match ban will now come into effect, ruling the 21-year-old out of the game at Broadfield Stadium.

Magnus Okuonghae is the likely candidate to earn a recall in the centre of defence, after he played 77 minutes as a substitute in the Boxing Day defeat at Brentford.

The U's have Freddie Sears available after he missed the Bees clash with a dead leg.

The postponement of the game against Paolo Di Canio's side has worked to the benefit of Jabo Ibehre who should have recovered in time from a pulled stomach muscle to fight for inclusion.

Anthony Wordsworth was dropped from the 16-man squad completely on Boxing Day, and he could be left out of the travelling party again against the Reds.

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Sky Bet League 1

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33