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Inswinging corner taken by Brian Barry-Murphy, Jason Kennedy takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line, Kevin Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Gillespie. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Bond, save by Peter Kurucz.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Freddie Sears. Free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.
Dean Holden is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Amankwaah.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Michael Symes goes wide left of the target.
The referee gives a free kick against Freddie Sears for handball. Peter Kurucz takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Tutte by Andy Bond results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Long.
Effort from inside the area by Freddie Sears misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Peter Kurucz.
Jason Kennedy fouled by Kemal Izzet, the ref awards a free kick. Kemal Izzet receives a yellow card. (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Andrew Tutte coming on for Nicky Adams. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Gillespie. Free kick taken by Peter Kurucz.
Effort on goal by John White from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Michael Symes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Magnus Okuonghae takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Michael Symes. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Long fouled by Ian Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Barry-Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Brian Barry-Murphy by Kemal Izzet results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Kurucz.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth, Jason Kennedy makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Jason Kennedy, Kevin Amankwaah produces a header from close range which bounces off the post. The assistant referee flags for offside against Kemal Izzet. Peter Kurucz takes the direct free kick. Andy Bond joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Rowlands.
Short corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line.
Corner taken by Brian Barry-Murphy from the right by-line, clearance made by Tom Eastman.
Michael Symes is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
Michael Symes takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Grimes by Kemal Izzet results in a free kick. Brian Barry-Murphy produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Kevin Long is shown a yellow card.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Barry-Murphy, Ben Williams makes a comfortable save.
Stephen Jordan goes off and Ashley Grimes comes on.
Michael Symes has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
Nicky Adams is ruled offside. John White takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gillespie by Joe Widdowson. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson. Joe Widdowson concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Wilson. Martin Rowlands takes the direct free kick.
Jason Kennedy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Ben Williams.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy, John White makes a clearance.
Anthony Wordsworth produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Ian Henderson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Foul by Michael Symes on Kemal Izzet, free kick awarded. Michael Symes booked. Martin Rowlands restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Kennedy on Ian Henderson. Ian Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Gillespie takes a shot. Save by Peter Kurucz.
Foul by Anthony Wordsworth on Stephen Darby, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.
The referee blows for offside. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Michael Symes. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.
Freddie Sears has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Kevin Amankwaah fouled by Steven Gillespie, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Kurucz takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Nicky Adams. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.
Brian Wilson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Peter Kurucz.
U's sweat on Wilson
Brian Wilson may miss his first game of the season as Colchester play host to struggling Rochdale.
The reliable right-back, who has started each of the club's league and cup games, has been struck down with illness this week and faces a late assessment on Friday.
Should he miss out then John White is likely to switch across from left-back to cover, leaving Michael Rose and Ben Coker to compete for his slot.
Otherwise, manager John Ward pretty much has a full-strength squad to select from, with winger Ashley Vincent still stepping up his fitness work following his return to training after a hamstring injury.
Andy Bond staked his claim for a starting berth with a hat-trick for United's reserves on Wednesday as they booked their place in the Essex Senior Cup final.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro remains Rochdale's only injury doubt.
Akpa Akpro missed Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with npower League One leaders Charlton due to a hamstring injury and it is feared the weekend action may come too soon for him.
Former Manchester City defender Stephen Jordan returned to the Dale starting line-up at The Valley as manager John Coleman set up with a 5-4-1 formation.
Attacking midfielder Ashley Grimes may return at Jordan's expense if Coleman opts for a more expansive approach against the U's.
Rochdale have enjoyed an excellent start to life under former Accrington boss Coleman, winning two and drawing one of the the Liverpudlian's first four games in charge to move within four points of safety in npower League One.
Dale still on the up
Rochdale continued their recent revival under manager John Coleman with a battling goalless draw at Colchester.
There was little to choose between the two sides and chances were few and far between.
Colchester looked the most threatening in the first half and home debutant Freddie Sears fired over the crossbar after running at the Dale defence in the opening stages.
Steven Gillespie forced Rochdale goalkeeper Peter Kurucz into his first save when he parried a shot away and Ian Henderson saw his effort sail over from the edge of the penalty area.
Rochdale came close to taking the lead five minutes after the break when U's goalkeeper Ben Williams brilliantly denied Michael Symes from close range.
But Colchester looked the more likely side to grab a winner and Sears fired over from a tight angle, but Symes sliced wide for Dale in the closing stages and Williams tipped over Jason Kennedy's header as the points were shared.
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