Colchester came from behind to defeat fellow strugglers Bury to ease their relegation worries, despite having a man sent off after four minutes.

After George Porter's early dismissal for clashing with Mark Carrington, the Shakers took advantage when Craig Fagan finished Steven Schumacher's cross.

Josh Thompson headed the equaliser, before Clinton Morrison curled in just a minute later to put the U's 2-1 up.

And Bury could not find a way past away keeper Sam Walker so go bottom.

Walker produced stunning saves from Nicky Ajose and Jonson Clarke-Harris to secure Colchester's first win in four and move them seven points above the drop zone.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"It was a remarkable win in every sense of the word. We had five players playing who were 50 per cent fit (through illness), we had to leave another five or six at home.

"They've give their all. Let's be honest, we rode our luck, but for all their chances, we'll take it because the courage and the commitment I thought deserved something from the game.

"They've hit the bar, the post, our goalkeeper made great saves, and on another day you'd probably lose it.

"We were attacking when we went down to 10 men, we went 4-3-1-1 and we just felt we score against them."

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bury 1-2 Colchester FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Fagan 26
  • Smith 30
  • Morrison 31

Bury

  • 01 Carson
  • 03 Skarz
  • 06 Eastham
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 19 Regan (Ajose 46)
  • 34 Ebanks-Landell yellow card
  • 07 Worrall
  • 09 Jones (Healy 86)
  • 13 Carrington
  • 10 Bishop
  • 31 Fagan (Clarke-Harris 72)

Substitutes

  • 30 Belford,
  • 32 Thompson,
  • 36 Mezague,
  • 15 Ajose,
  • 25 Healy,
  • 26 Clarke-Harris

Colchester

  • 44 Walker
  • 02 Wright
  • 03 Garmston
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 40 Thompson
  • 41 Clifford (Bean 76 yellow card)
  • 14 Bond
  • 39 Porter red card
  • 09 Morrison (Olufemi 70)
  • 21 Massey
  • 22 Smith (Ladapo 90)

Substitutes

  • 29 Phillips,
  • 07 Duguid,
  • 10 Izzet,
  • 15 Bean,
  • 27 Olufemi,
  • 30 Wright,
  • 19 Ladapo
Ref: Robert MadleyAtt: 2,018
BURY
COLCHESTER

Possession

  • Bury 55%
  • Colchester 45%

Attempts on target

  • Bury 13
  • Colchester 6

Attempts off target

  • Bury 12
  • Colchester 2

Corners

  • Bury 11
  • Colchester 4

Fouls

  • Bury 10
  • Colchester 4
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:26 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+5:35 Booking Marcus Bean is cautioned.
  • 90:00+4:47 Foul by Ashley Eastham on Freddie Ladapo, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Bean.
  • 90:00+4:11 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Joe Skarz misses to the right of the goal.
  • 90:00+3:01 Jonson Clarke-Harris produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
  • 89:21 Substitution Freddie Ladapo is brought on as a substitute for Michael Smith.
  • 89:04 Headed effort from close range by Jonson Clarke-Harris goes wide left of the goal.
  • 87:46 Jonson Clarke-Harris takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 85:39 Corner taken by Steven Schumacher from the left by-line, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.
  • 85:13 Substitution David Healy comes on in place of Craig Jones.
  • 85:00 Jonson Clarke-Harris takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 83:09 Ethan Ebanks-Landell fouled by Marcus Bean, the ref awards a free kick. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.
  • 80:39 Nick Ajose takes a shot.
  • 77:13 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Skarz, clearance made by Magnus Okuonghae.
  • 76:24 Corner taken by Craig Jones from the left by-line, Andy Bishop takes a shot.
  • 76:06 Jonson Clarke-Harris takes a shot. Blocked by David Wright.
  • 75:12 Substitution Marcus Bean is brought on as a substitute for Billy Clifford.
  • 71:35 Substitution Jonson Clarke-Harris is brought on as a substitute for Craig Fagan.
  • 70:49 Shot by Craig Fagan. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 69:43 Substitution Tosin Olufemi is brought on as a substitute for Clinton Morrison.
  • 68:58 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Skarz, Nick Ajose takes a shot. Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.
  • 68:44 Andy Bishop takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.
  • 66:32 Gavin Massey takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.
  • 66:04 David Worrall takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Thompson.
  • 65:25 Corner taken left-footed by Joe Skarz.
  • 62:42 Direct free kick taken by David Wright.
  • 62:42 Booking Ethan Ebanks-Landell shown a yellow card.
  • 62:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell on Michael Smith.
  • 61:13 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Bishop. Sam Walker takes the indirect free kick.
  • 56:39 Foul by Ashley Eastham on Sam Walker, free kick awarded. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
  • 56:11 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Jones from the left by-line, save made by Sam Walker.
  • 55:04 Josh Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Bishop. Steven Schumacher produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Sam Walker.
  • 54:08 Corner taken by Joe Skarz played to the near post, Gavin Massey manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:05 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joe Skarz from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Josh Thompson.
  • 52:03 Outswinging corner taken by Billy Clifford from the right by-line, clearance by Andy Bishop.
  • 51:49 Michael Smith has a drilled shot. Ashley Eastham gets a block in.
  • 50:05 Shot from close range by David Worrall misses to the right of the goal.
  • 47:46 Shot from 12 yards by Nick Ajose. Blocked by Craig Fagan.
  • 46:44 Effort on goal by Steven Schumacher from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Carl Regan goes off and Nick Ajose comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:22 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Fagan on Gavin Massey. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:22 Andy Bishop takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 45:00+0:12 Shot from outside the box by Steven Schumacher misses to the left of the goal.
  • 41:35 Foul by Andy Bishop on David Wright, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sam Walker.
  • 40:26 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by David Worrall goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 38:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Regan on Billy Clifford. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
  • 36:24 The ball is swung over by Craig Jones.
  • 35:03 The referee blows for offside against David Worrall. Sam Walker takes the indirect free kick.
  • 30:29 GOAL - Clinton MorrisonBury 1 - 2 Colchester Clinton Morrison fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bury 1-2 Colchester.
  • 29:41 Assist on the goal came from Billy Clifford.
  • 29:41 GOAL - Michael SmithBury 1 - 1 Colchester Michael Smith scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Bury 1-1 Colchester.
  • 29:00 Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford from the right by-line,
  • 28:40 Gavin Massey takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.
  • 25:42 Steven Schumacher provided the assist for the goal.
  • 25:42 GOAL - Craig FaganBury 1 - 0 Colchester Craig Fagan finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bury 1-0 Colchester.
  • 25:26 Michael Smith takes a shot. Steven Schumacher gets a block in.
  • 23:46 Craig Fagan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 21:32 Shot from deep inside the area by Craig Fagan clears the bar.
  • 21:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Thompson on Craig Fagan. Direct free kick taken by Mark Carrington.
  • 20:23 Shot from just outside the box by Gavin Massey goes over the bar.
  • 18:21 Craig Fagan challenges Magnus Okuonghae unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.
  • 15:23 Clinton Morrison fouled by Mark Carrington, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Bond.
  • 14:22 Billy Clifford takes the outswinging corner, Andy Bishop makes a clearance.
  • 13:08 Foul by Andy Bishop on Billy Clifford, free kick awarded. Billy Clifford takes the free kick.
  • 11:14 Unfair challenge on Billy Clifford by Steven Schumacher results in a free kick. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:53 Joe Skarz delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Ethan Ebanks-Landell misses to the right of the target.
  • 9:26 Corner taken left-footed by Joe Skarz.
  • 9:12 Craig Jones takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 7:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Worrall by Josh Thompson. Steven Schumacher has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Sam Walker makes a save.
  • 6:32 Gavin Massey produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 6:11 Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford from the left by-line, clearance made by Steven Schumacher.
  • 6:02 Joe Skarz delivers the ball, blocked by Andy Bond.
  • 4:53 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Jones from the right by-line, clearance made by Josh Thompson.
  • Correction - 3:12 Sent off George Porter is shown a red card.
  • 3:12 Sent off Red card for George Porter.
  • 2:34 Craig Jones takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Gavin Massey makes a clearance.
  • 2:27 Craig Fagan sends in a cross, blocked by Magnus Okuonghae.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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