In-form Colchester overcame the fatigue of their midweek Carabao Cup exertions to pull off a deserved 3-2 win at Mansfield Town which delighted boss John McGreal.
Two goals in nine minutes late in the game saw in-form Colchester United win 3-2 at Mansfield.
Mansfield look set to be without injured captain Krystian Pearce for the visit of Colchester.
Pep Guardiola claimed it was too early to start thinking about winning the Carabao Cup for a third successive year, but his side showed few signs of weakness as they brushed aside Southampton 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals.
Colchester boss John McGreal described his side as “cool, calm and collected” after they advanced into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the second time in the club’s history and first since 1974.
Colchester came from behind to clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for only the second time with a 3-1 win at League Two rivals Crawley.
Crawley must bounce back from a poor display against Swindon if they are to extend their Carabao Cup run with victory over Colchester.
John McGreal was delighted with the character his Colchester side showed after they recovered from the shock of conceding early to beat high-flying Newport 3-1.
Colchester came from behind to claim an impressive 3-1 victory over high-flying Newport and end the visitors’ six-match unbeaten league run.
Colchester boss John McGreal could continue to rotate his squad as they look for their first victory in four games against fifth-placed Newport.
Will Jaaskelainen used his bottle to ensure Crewe’s unbeaten run extended to seven games in a 0-0 draw with Colchester.