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22 January 2016

Nick Daws and Andy Dawson will temporarily take charge of the Iron as they welcome Colchester to Glanford Park on Saturday.

It will be the first game without former manager Mark Robins, and United will hope to bounce back from defeat at Blackpool last time.

Their visitors are currently in the bottom four, although they did manage to get a point against Fleetwood Town in midweek.

Colchester have enjoyed success in the FA Cup though, with a fourth round tie against Tottenham coming up, and will hope to take this into the league.

The Iron’s caretaker bosses will have a near full strength side to choose from with no new injury worries to report.

Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey are both making progress in their recoveries and nearing a return to first team action.

George Moncur has been one of a few bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing season for Colchester, netting ten times so far.

He started his career at West Ham, following in the footsteps of his father John, who had also played for the Hammers.

The midfielder was restricted to only a handful of cup appearances though and spent most of the time out on loan.

One of his loan clubs was Colchester, who he joined at the start of last season, before making the switch permanent in January.

Moncur made a big impression at the club, scoring the crucial goal to keep them up on the final day of last season.

The 22-year-old has been in good form again this campaign, but his goals and performances have not been enough to keep them out of the drop zone.

Last season’s clash at Glanford Park saw the two sides play out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Mark Robins’ first game as boss.

The Iron led after 20 minutes when Rory Fallon headed home a Gary McSheffrey free-kick, but the lead did not last long.

Colchester striker Freddie Sears demonstrated the finishing ability that has since earned him a Championship move, turning and firing in from the edge of the box.

Both sides will feel that they could have nicked a winner in the second half, but neither could find a way through so had to settle for a point apiece.

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