Oldham V Colchester at Boundary Park : Match Preview

31 March 2013 01:01
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Johnson pondering changes

New Oldham manager Lee Johnson must decide whether to stick with an unchanged XI for the third game in succession when fellow strugglers Colchester visit Boundary Park on Easter Monday.

Latics have made an encouraging start to life under Johnson, following up his impressive 3-0 debut win over Hartlepool with a creditable 1-1 draw at high-flying Swindon on Good Friday.

Lee Barnard is set to continue as the attacking figurehead in their re-shaped 4-2-3-1 formation having opened the scoring against the Robins, although Matt Smith returned from a knee injury from the bench and provides a more robust line-leading option.

On-loan Bristol City midfielder Bobby Reid will hope to make his debut having been an unused substitute last time out and full-back Federico Bessone could also feature among the matchday squad having joined on a free transfer on Thursday.

Bradley Garmston is a doubt for Colchester having picked up an injury on Good Friday.

The on-loan left-back was forced off just after the hour mark in a 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth having appeared to damage his knee while putting in a brave block on the edge of the penalty area.

Striker Freddie Sears is likely to miss out once again with a knee problem of his own which has ruled him out of the last five games, although his in the frame to return in time for next weekend.

George Porter serves the second game of his three-match suspension while defender Tom Eastman is also expected to miss out once more due to injury.

The U's now find themselves just three points above the relegation zone.

Source: PA