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Busy Easter for Latics

31 March 2013

All systems go for Colchester

There has been no Easter break for Latics' players as they prepare for the second part of their holiday double header in npower League One as Colchester United tomorrow visit Boundary Park.

Good Friday's draw at Swindon Town was followed by a recovery session on Saturday and a full training session today.

Lee Johnson was delighted with the way the team trained today and how preparations have gone for the visit of the U's.

Latics' manager (pictured) has no injury worries from Friday apart from a couple of minor niggles.

He says his only dilemma is whether to freshen up the side after assessing the tiredness of the players.

Johnson said: "We have analysed the DVD of Friday's game and worked today on improving certain things in what was a productive session.

"It is a massively important game for both Colchester and ourselves.

"We know a win will lift us out of the bottom four and Colchester will drop back into the relegation places.

"Colchester will be looking for a win to put more daylight between the two teams."

Johson added Latics will be showing great respect to Colchester describing them as a "dangerous side."

Indeed, they have lost only two of their seven games, both at home to Crewe and Bournemouth, the latter on Good Friday.

The U's are unbeaten on the road in their last four matches which have produced wins at Stevenage and Bury and draws away to Hartlepool and Coventry.

Colchester have drawn on each of their last three visits to Boundary Park.

Latics won 2-0 in December at Colchester where Jean-Yves M'voto and Matt Derbyshire were on the scoresheet.

Tomorrow they will be looking to complete a third double of the season having won home and away to both Portsmouth and Hartlepool.

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