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Sam Mantom takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a save. Short corner taken by Sam Mantom from the left by-line.
Jabo Ibehre is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick.
Freddie Sears grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 2-0 Walsall.George Porter provided the assist for the goal.
Gavin Massey takes a shot. Ian McLoughlin makes a save.
Nicky Featherstone leaves the field to be replaced by George Bowerman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Hemmings on Brian Wilson. Free kick taken by George Porter.
Freddie Sears takes a shot.
Ashley Hemmings is brought on as a substitute for James Baxendale.
Jabo Ibehre grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-0 Walsall.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Eastman by Andy Butler. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.
Will Grigg fouled by John White, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Malvind Benning.
Freddie Sears comes on in place of Marcus Bean.
Shot from just outside the box by Jabo Ibehre misses to the right of the goal.
Nicky Featherstone is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
Marcus Bean takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.
Nicky Featherstone fouled by Brian Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Purkiss.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Sam Mantom goes wide of the left-hand post.
Effort from deep inside the area by Marcus Bean misses to the right of the goal.
Ben Purkiss challenges Jabo Ibehre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Drey Wright leaves the field to be replaced by George Porter. David Wright restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Mantom by Drey Wright. Sam Mantom restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Drey Wright from the right by-line, clearance by Andy Butler.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Drey Wright from the left by-line, clearance by Sam Mantom.
Adam Chambers fouled by Billy Clifford, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Chambers takes the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sam Mantom, Jabo Ibehre makes a clearance.
Will Grigg fouled by Magnus Okuonghae, the ref awards a free kick. Magnus Okuonghae is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Malvind Benning.
Josh Thompson goes off and Tom Eastman comes on.
Brian Wilson takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wright on Jamie Paterson. Jamie Paterson takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by James Baxendale from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Billy Clifford from the right by-line, Malvind Benning makes a clearance.
The official flags Jabo Ibehre offside. Free kick taken by Adam Chambers.
Effort from just outside the box by Billy Clifford goes over the bar.
Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Clearance by Andy Butler. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Drey Wright.
Unfair challenge on Marcus Bean by Adam Chambers results in a free kick. David Wright takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Mantom on Gavin Massey. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.
Corner taken by Sam Mantom, Close range header by Paul Downing misses to the right of the target.
Billy Clifford concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Chambers. Free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.
Drey Wright takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Downing.
Handball by Gavin Massey. Billy Clifford goes into the book. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jamie Paterson, save by Sam Walker.
Sam Mantom takes a shot. Josh Thompson gets a block in. Short corner taken by Sam Mantom.
Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Brian Wilson gets a block in.
Foul by Marcus Bean on Ben Purkiss, free kick awarded. Paul Downing takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Drey Wright from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Sam Mantom.
Effort on goal by Adam Chambers from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Jamie Paterson, Marcus Bean makes a clearance.
Josh Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Grigg. Free kick taken by Malvind Benning.
Corner taken by Drey Wright, clearance by Sam Mantom.
Inswinging corner taken by Malvind Benning from the right by-line.
Jabo Ibehre is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.
Two new faces for struggling U's
New signings Jabo Ibehre and Sam Walker come into contention as Colchester host Walsall desperate to turn their woeful form around.
Ibehre, who counts Walsall among his former clubs, completed his free transfer from MK Dons on Tuesday, having spent just shy of three months on loan at the club before Christmas during which time he scored four goals in 14 league starts.
Chelsea goalkeeper Walker arrived on loan last week but was denied to chance to make his bow when the U's trip to Hartlepool was postponed.
Anthony Wordsworth will again look to serve the final game of his two-match ban for accruing 10 yellow cards.
Fellow midfielder Kem Izzet (ankle) will once more be assessed along with winger Jack Compton (stomach).
Colchester have lost their last nine successive matches and 12 of their previous 13.
Walsall will be without Febian Brandy and Richard Taundry.
Forward Brandy, whose fine goal settled the reverse fixture 1-0 just before Christmas, serves a one-match suspension following his red card in last weekend's impressive 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
Taundry, not included in Dean Smith's matchday 18, has picked up an ankle injury in training and also misses out against the U's.
Brandy aside, boss Smith is set to keep faith with the same starting XI who disposed of the Cherries in style to put the Saddlers within five points of the play-off places.
There will be one further change in the dugout, however, after assistant manager Richard O'Kelly this week left Walsall to join Bristol City.
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