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GARY CALDWELL'S COLCHESTER UNITED PREVIEW

16 October 2015

Boss looking to extend Sky Bet League One unbeaten home record on Saturday against the U's.

  • Caldwell has full squad, excluding Kevin McNaughton, to choose from ahead of Saturday's clash with Colchester United.
  • The U's pace and counter attacking threat will pose a challenge, says Gary.
  • The boss enjoyed meeting fans at fans forum event on Thursday evening.
Caldwell on Bury…

Looking back on the game we played very well and there are a lot of positives we can take from it. It is a good thing that our initial reaction was one of disappointment after drawing against a team who are flying high and playing well. We were 2-0 down with ten minutes to go and we still managed to get a point, so plenty of positives but still within the group there is a feeling we should have won the game and that is something we need to start doing quickly.

Caldwell on this week’s training…

We’ve worked hard again; the boys were worked hard on Tuesday and on Thursday we did our usual match preparation for the game on Saturday, on Friday we will do a little bit more in preparation for Colchester so we are ready for that challenge.

Caldwell’s injury update…

We had a full squad training for the first time in a while on Thursday, the numbers were large and only Kevin McNaughton missed out through a long-term injury. It was great to see the strength and depth that we have now and it is going to be difficult to pick the squad, and not only that but the starting XI as well. That’s a good problem for me to have.

Some of the players aren’t quite ready to be in the squad because they have had more longer-term injuries than others but I’ll look at that and pick a team that is competitive and ready to go out and put on another good display at home.

Caldwell on Colchester United…

They’re a good team, they have a massive threat on the counter-attack and possess a lot of pace in their team and we have to be ready for that. They were on a good run of form but they’ve lost their last two, we’ll respect them, though, and we’ll have to play well if we want to win, just like we have had to in every game in League One this season. It’s another big challenge and it’s going to be another competitive game.

Caldwell on former teammate Darren Ambrose…

A long time ago I played with Darren at Newcastle United in the reserves, we were both young players, he came into the club and did very well for Newcastle and then on to Crystal Palace and other teams. He is somebody I have not seen for a long time so it will be good to catch up with him.

Caldwell on meeting Fanzine and Forum editors…

It was great; it is good to hear their views on different things and to put across why I am doing certain things, the way I feel the club can go forward and what we can do to be successful. Hopefully they got an insight into what we are trying to do and they can see that on the pitch on a Saturday.

Caldwell on home form…

We are proud of our record at the DW Stadium so far this season; it is something we addressed in the summer because last season wasn’t good enough and we said as a group that we need to use our home ground, with the fans behind us, as a place where teams fear coming and hopefully we’re starting to do that. We need to continue to work hard and play well and keep our run going. 

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