Friday, 16 August 2013

Blades Vs Colchester

Tony McMahon is back
The Blades return home after losing 3-1 to Brentford and also losing key player Kevin MacDonald, with Weir and the fans looking to see how they react after this news and setback. Weir said in the Star earlier this week that the KMac transfer had unsettled the players, but wants them to perform at home. With it being a quid a kid tmoz there is expected to be quite a few their. Colchester have won 2 played 3 this season winning against Port Vale 2-0 on Saturday.

Team News:

Tony McMahon has handed Blades boss David Weir a fitness boost ahead of Saturday's clash with Colchester United at Bramall Lane.

The experienced full-back, a regular for much of last season, has shaken off the Achilles and ankle problems that plagued him throughout the summer and came through a behind-closed-doors friendly against Barnsley in midweek.

Should McMahon prove his fitness ahead of the game, the former Middlesbrough man will challenge Darryl Westlake for the right-back berth, whilst Weir has reported no fresh injury worries ahead of the fixture.

Given Kevin McDonald's departure to Wolves earlier this week, Weir must decide who replaces the Scotsman. Conor Coady played off Lyle Taylor in the defeat at Brentford, but the Gaffer does have a number of other options at his disposal, including the likes of Callum McFadzean, Jamie Murphy, Ryan Flynn and Febian Brandy


For the visitors, Joe Dunne could name an unchanged side from the one that beat Port Vale last time out, although Drey Wright, Alex Gilbey, Daniel Pappoe and Josh Thompson all impressed in a 5-1 friendly success over Arsenal's U21s in midweek.

Interviews: Weir:
David Weir has warned the Blades not to underestimate Joe Dunne's Colchester United side at the weekend.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash against the U's, Weir remarked: "There are no easy games in this division, whether that is at home or away, but we have to utilise Bramall Lane and our supporters.

"Saturday will be a tough game. Colchester will come here determined to continue their excellent start in the league.

"You only have to look at their squad to see they have players with a lot of potential who have moved to for first-team football from top Premiership clubs. They also have some experienced League One performers and, no doubt, they will think they can hurt us in certain areas.

Colchester:  The U's travel to Sheffield United with a full squad this weekend.

Manager Joe Dunne has no injury worries ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane and will be hoping the U's continue their great start to the Sky Bet League One season.

Two wins in two matches has given his side six points and he'll be looking to add to them against David Weir's Blades on Saturday afternoon.

An impressive performance in the victory over Port Vale could see Dunne stick with the same eleven starters but there are a number of players waiting in the wings, ready for their chance.

The likes of experienced duo Kem Izzet and Clinton Morrison will be hoping for action, along with youngsters who impressed in the midweek win over Arsenal U21s.

U's management team Joe Dunne & Mark Kinsella
U's boss Joe Dunne
Drey Wright, Alex Gilbey, Daniel Pappoe and Josh Thompson all shone against the Gunners and will provide competition for places for Dunne's first team.
U's: Walker, Cousins, Wilson, Dickson, Pappoe, Eastman, Thompson, Okuonghae, Wright(David), Izzet, Bean, Bond, Eastmond, Gilbey, Wright(Drey), Watt, Massey, Sears, Morrison, Ibehre.

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