Strike duo set to take advantage of U’s plight

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GARY Megson is delighted with his striker pairing of Gary Madine and Chris O’Grady - who could come up against a makeshift centre-back partnership tomorrow.

The Owls forwards both scored against Sheffield United, and O’Grady has begun to look a capable partner for top scorer Gary Madine.

Colchester could be without three centre-halves at Hillsborough.

Magnus Okuonghae (suspended) and Pat Baldwin (broken toe) are definitely out, and Matt Heath (ankle) is a doubt after having to go off early in the second half of last week’s 2-2 draw at Rochdale, where Okuonghae was sent off.

If Heath is out, then boss John Ward could have to use a full-back, John White, at centre-back, and field Tom Eastman, who has been recalled from a loan stay at League Two side Crawley.

Megson, meanwhile, has reflected on the contrast between Madine and O’Grady.

“In terms of personality, it’s chalk and cheese,” he said.

“Gary is a really confident person, brash, full of it. I like that, We can’t all be like that.

“Chris has a more introverted personality.

“He played very well at the Lane.

“He got hold of the ball, led the line, he is very strong and has good touch; he scored a really good goal and was unfortunate not to get two. He’ll get better and better.”

The duo are backed up by Ryan Lowe, with Megson adding: “He’s trained for a full week. He’s got good touch and is a good finisher. He needs to get his fitness.”

Lowe could play if the Owls arrange a private friendly next week.