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U21 Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Colchester United

Cardiff City's U21 side are set to host Colchester United at CCS on Tuesday afternoon - kick-off at 2pm.

Entrance to this fixture will be free for all who wish to attend. Supporters can enter CCS via Gate 2. Cardiff City TV will also be broadcasting the match for free via their official YouTube channel.

The young Bluebirds will be looking to continue their positive run of form following three consecutive victories this month, including a hard-fought 1-0 away victory against Watford last time out.

Raheem Conte found a late winner for City in the encounter, finishing well from a low driven cross to secure another important three points for the Bluebirds' PDL tally, where they currently sit in fourth place on the table.

Meanwhile, the U's are without a league win in five fixtures, with their most recent victory in the PDL coming against Ipswich Town last month. Occupying ninth place in the table, the side recently defeated Birmingham City in a Premier League Cup match earlier in October, before then drawing 2-2 against Reading on their league return last week.

Darren Purse

Ahead of kick-off, U21s Manager Darren Purse discussed the upcoming clash at CCS, with the opportunity now present for City to continue their league campaign by extending their winning run even further:

"We've picked up some really good results lately," Darren began. "We're on a good winning run, and it's about continuing that. It'll be a good experience again to play at CCS, and hopefully we can continue this run and see where it takes us over the next few games of the league campaign.

"You never know what team will turn up at this level, whether they'll have young players or first team players who are stepping in. It's how you adapt to any situation from any given game, so regardless of form we need to go out and earn the right to win the match.

"The boys have got to understand that every game you go into is going to have different problems that you'll have to deal with. Against Watford it was tough to break them down, and they made it tough for us.

"The boys are always adapting to challenges as they arise, and solving problems on the pitch to make sure that we get the result at the end of it."