A brace from Leigh Griffiths helped Wolves to a comfortable victory at Colchester as they moved to within one point of leaders Leyton Orient.

Griffiths opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Matt Doherty had been tripped by Matt Taylor in the box.

And he doubled the lead from close range, after James Henry's cut-back.

Kevin Doyle fired in a third from close range and Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme saved Freddie Sears' penalty, awarded after he fouled Marcus Bean.

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"Any defeat at home is a difficult defeat. Up until the penalty, we are well in the game.

"They always carry a threat and they've gone down the other end and scored a penalty and that changed the complexion of the first half.

"We chased it a bit against a quality team needed to get to half-time without conceding anymore and we did that.

"We spoke at half-time about a response. How we wanted to play in the second-half unfortunately the game is dead 10 minutes into the second half. We need a better response than that. We are better than that."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 39 Taylor
  • 27 Garbutt
  • 20 Wilson
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 02 Wright (Bean - 56' )
  • 11 Sears
  • 06 Eastmond Booked
  • 22 Gilbey Booked
  • 16 Monakana (Szmodics - 57' )
  • 17 Ibehre (Ladapo - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Hubble
  • 12 Sanderson
  • 40 Szmodics
  • 38 Sendles-White
  • 15 Bean
  • 29 Phillips
  • 19 Ladapo

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme Booked
  • 06 Batth
  • 05 Stearman
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 02 Doherty
  • 07 Henry Booked (Forde - 91' )
  • 11 McDonald
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 19 Price
  • 09 Griffiths (Sigurdarson - 80' )
  • 29 Doyle (Davis - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Forde
  • 31 McCarey
  • 15 Sigurdarson
  • 32 Foley
  • 16 Cassidy
  • 08 Davis
  • 03 Elokobi
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 7,295

Match Stats

Shots

13 17

On target

8 6

Corners

8 7

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

90:00 +1:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Anthony Forde replaces James Henry.

89:10

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:06

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

87:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Davis replaces Kevin Doyle.

85:39

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

85:12

Penalty saved! Freddie Sears (Colchester United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

84:47 Booking

Booking Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

84:40

Penalty Colchester United. Jeffrey Monakana draws a foul in the penalty area.

84:40

Penalty conceded by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

84:20

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

80:58

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

80:50

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

79:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Björn Sigurdarson replaces Leigh Griffiths.

78:32

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

77:56

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

77:41

Attempt blocked. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from more than 35 yards is blocked.

76:48

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

76:11 Booking

Booking Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

76:05

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

76:05

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:11

Freddie Ladapo (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:11

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Ladapo replaces Jabo Ibehre.

74:40

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:40

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

73:57

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

73:34

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:38

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

68:02

Attempt saved. Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:04

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:04

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

66:34

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:34

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

64:59

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

63:32

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

61:13

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

58:24

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

56:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Sammie Szmodics replaces Jeffrey Monakana.

56:42

Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:42

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

55:53

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Marcus Bean replaces David Wright.

54:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Henry.

50:55

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

50:55

Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:44

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:19

Attempt saved. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Henry.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45:00 +1:03

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

45:00 +1:03

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:23

Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:23

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

41:40

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

40:40 Booking

Booking Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

40:32

Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:29

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

38:54

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:02

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

36:23

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:23

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

34:09

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

32:52

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

32:02

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

31:23

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:23

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

29:10

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:10

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

27:47

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

27:31

Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

26:37

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by David Wright.

25:48

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:48

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

22:31

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

21:16

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:16

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

20:32

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

19:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

19:00

Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry draws a foul in the penalty area.

18:55

Penalty conceded by Matt Taylor (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

18:20

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:00

Attempt saved. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:55 Booking

Booking James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

16:51

Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:51

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

15:36

Attempt missed. Matt Taylor (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a set piece situation.

14:54

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

14:54

Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:31

Attempt saved. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:55

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

11:26

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

10:38

Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

10:11

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

7:26

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

5:57

Attempt saved. Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:14

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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