ON paper Colchester have a high-class frontline capable of scoring goals at this level and maybe even higher up.
In reality, though, Clinton Morrison and Freddie Sears have thus far failed to hit it off with just one league goal between them this season.
Former Owls and Republic of Ireland international striker Morrison took great pleasure from his goal against Sheffield United last month and ran the length of the field to demonstrate that he could no longer hear the Blades supporters, who had been giving him grief over his previous employers.
There’s no doubting that Morrison, even with his pace fading at the age of 33, still poses a major threat to League One defences and is lethal when the ball drops in the box. Will he get the same chance to silence Rovers’ fans?
Rob Jones, who played with him at Hillsborough, believes that if Rovers can do their job then he’ll be the one to kept quiet.
“I’m looking forward to the game and it wasn’t ideal us having an international break,” said Jones.
“Clinton’s a very good footballer and went to a World Cup (2002) and also spent a lot of time in the Premier League but it’s more about what we do and if we perform how we can then we will win the game.”
Sears was highly-rated at West Ham United as a young player but felt he had to join the Essex club in the summer to re-build his career and reputation.
He has said: “I need to be playing football. I could have sat at West Ham for another year but I think this is real good chance for me to make a name for myself at Colchester United.
Young winger Anthony Worsdworth is also a productive player. He scored 13 from midfield last season and is also considered to be a major threat from wide areas.