Cheltenham v Colchester preview
Last Updated: 31/08/18 12:28pm
Striker Tyrone Barnett goes straight into contention for Cheltenham's League Two clash with Colchester after joining the Robins on loan from Port Vale.
Caretaker boss Russell Milton will hope the 32-year-old hitman can reverse Cheltenham's fortunes after just one win in five matches so far this term.
Midfielder Chris Clements is another who will be straight into the selection mix, having been added to Cheltenham's squad this week. The 28-year-old had been unattached after being released by Grimsby Town in the summer.
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Luke Norris will be pushing for a start for Colchester after shaking off an unspecified knock. The striker came off the bench in Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Northampton, and will be edging closer towards the starting XI as he chases full match sharpness.
Mikael Mandron joined the fray in the Northampton loss too, and is another option if boss John McGreal wants to mix up his resources. Colchester do not expect to add any loan recruits to their squad ahead of the weekend clash.
Cheltenham have won their last two Football League matches against Colchester, which is more than the Robins managed in the six such meetings before that (W1 D2 L3).
In their eight meetings, the Colchester have never failed to score against Cheltenham, netting 15 goals in that time.
Cheltenham have lost each of their last four home league matches, scoring just one goal while conceding nine times. They last lost five successive home league games back in November 2006 (run of five).
Colchester are visiting Whaddon Road for the second time this season, after losing 5-6 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the first round of the Carabao Cup in August.
Brennan Dickenson has scored three goals in his last three league appearances against Cheltenham, including two in two for Colchester.