Swindon Town secured victory over Colchester to move into the League One play-off places.

U's keeper Sam Walker initially denied Massimo Luongo's superb long-range effort but the loose ball was crashed in by Nicky Ajose to put Swindon ahead.

Town doubled their lead straight after half-time when Dany N'Guessan got on the end of Ryan Harley's cross.

Magnus Okuonghae broke free to head home for Colchester with 12 minutes to go but Swindon survived a nervy finish.

Moments before the U's goal, Luongo's 35-yard strike crashed off the woodwork and Ajose's follow-up was ruled offside.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I thought we were outstanding. It's been a long week with a lot of work on the training pitch.

"It's very nice when it comes off. The pleasing thing is we've come away from home and won.

"We wanted to hit them on the break with two wide strikers [in a 4-6-0 formation] which is what we did and I thought the game should have been well and truly over before it was.

"It was totally different to what we've done before and it worked."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 03 Dickson
  • 15 Bean
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 39 Bolger
  • 41 Bonne
  • 06 Eastmond Booked (Massey - 56' )
  • 38 Lee (Ibehre - 55' )
  • 09 Morrison
  • 22 Gilbey

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 11 Sears
  • 14 Bond
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 18 Eastman
  • 21 Massey
  • 23 Olufemi

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham Booked
  • 14 McEveley
  • 03 Byrne
  • 15 Kasim Booked
  • 22 Ward
  • 05 Hall
  • 07 Harley
  • 04 Luongo
  • 33 Ajose
  • 12 N'Guessan
  • 19 Thompson (Pritchard - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Pritchard
  • 20 Storey
  • 23 Barthram
  • 25 Belford
  • 29 Branco
  • 34 El-Gabbas
  • 36 Jones
Ref: Graham Horwood
Att: 3,334

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

4 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 1, Swindon Town 2.

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Swindon Town 2.

90:00 +4:13

Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:56

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:56

Foul by Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town).

90:00 +3:39

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

90:00 +3:39

Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:18

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

89:24 Booking

Booking Wes Foderingham (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

89:15

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

88:37

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

88:37

James McEveley (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:05

Hand ball by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

82:53

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:53

Foul by Dany N'Guessan (Swindon Town).

81:35

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:35

Foul by Dany N'Guessan (Swindon Town).

79:40

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

77:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Swindon Town 2. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

76:43

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:53

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from more than 35 yards.

71:40

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:40

Foul by Dany N'Guessan (Swindon Town).

70:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Alex Pritchard replaces Louis Thompson.

70:30

Attempt missed. Dany N'Guessan (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

69:53 Booking

Booking Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

69:45

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:45

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

68:11

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:11

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

56:40

Attempt saved. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

56:17

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James McEveley.

55:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Craig Eastmond.

54:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Elliot Lee.

52:16

Foul by Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town).

52:16

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

49:32

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

46:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Swindon Town 2. Dany N'Guessan (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Swindon Town 1.

45:00 +0:45 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Swindon Town 1.

37:22

Attempt saved. James McEveley (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

36:54

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

32:58

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

32:35

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Grant Hall.

32:05

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

32:05

Foul by James McEveley (Swindon Town).

30:49

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

28:51 Booking

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

28:46

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

28:46

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Swindon Town 1. Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

26:56

Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:12

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

24:44

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

24:44

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:10

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

24:10

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:41

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

21:35

Attempt missed. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21:19

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Darren Ward.

20:32

Attempt missed. Ryan Harley (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

19:26

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:26

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

18:04

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

15:40

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

14:07

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

12:00

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:59

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

11:23

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

11:23

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

7:08

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

5:07

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

4:28

Attempt missed. Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

2:48

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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