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Dunne vows to field strong side against Daggers
Joe Dunne has promised to field a strong Colchester United side to take on Dagenham and Redbridge in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight.
But the U’s have doubts over three attacking players, ahead of their trip to take on the Daggers at Victoria Road.
Sanchez Watt, Freddie Sears and Drey Wright are all injury concerns for Colchester, ahead of the first-round tie.
But Dunne has vowed to pick a competitive side - and the U’s boss has set his sights on a good run in this season’s competition.
Dunne said: “We will have a strong team out tonight.
“We’re taking the game very seriously and there certainly won’t be any experimentation.
“We want to do well in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season and I want us to go as far as we can.
“It’s an Essex derby and we want to continue playing well, because there’s a lot of positives to take from the last few weeks.
“We’ve had a meeting and talked about the importance of the game.
“We want to play at a high tempo and we want to get back on the winning road, after the Leyton Orient game.
“We want to build up a bit of momentum again.”
Sears and Watt have both been playing through the pain barrier for Colchester over recent games and may not be risked.
That could mean a rare start for Clinton Morrison in attack, while the likes of Alex Gilbey and Andy Bond are also pushing for starts.
Gilbey has appeared as a substitute in four of Colchester’s opening five league fixtures.
“Alex is probably pushing for a start now,” said Dunne.
“He came on and did well against Orient and he’s done that in the last couple of games.
“We’ve picked up a few injuries and certain players have been playing with injuries that have got progressively worse.
“The game has come a bit too quickly for some and it’s something that has unfortunately been creeping up on us.
“We’ll just have to monitor it and see what we can do but there’s a chance we could dip into the under-21s.
“I’ve got one or two different things in my head about the team that plays.
“But if I do make changes, then it won’t weaken the team.”
Colchester could come up against former youngster Medy Elito when they take on Dagenham tonight.
Elito is part of a Daggers side who have experienced a mixed start to the new season, winning one, drawing two and losing two league games.
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