Preston stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games, but could not hold on for a win against Colchester United.

North End dominated the first half and took the lead when Joe Garner headed in a Paul Gallagher cross.

The U's improved after the break, with Luke Garbutt, on loan from Everton, hitting a low drive to equalise - his first goal for Colchester.

It followed a chance for teammate Marcus Bean, who headed just over.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"An exceptionally brave point. We spoke at half-time, whether we wanted to go and get hammered, or whether, in the circumstances, we wanted to nick a point.

"We dug in, we dug deep. We had to make changes. I thought in the second half we had a right go. They missed a lot of good chances. That's football.

"I'm pretty sure Simon [Grayson] will be disappointed because if they'd taken their chances, in all honesty, it could have been a heavy defeat."

"I have to pay credit to my players. We stuck at it, we needed to stay in the game. We stayed in it, got the goal, and there were one of two moments on the counter attack where we might have even nicked all three points."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 05 Clarke (Keane - 81' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 37 Kilkenny
  • 22 King
  • 06 Wright
  • 11 Holmes (Humphrey - 70' )
  • 19 Welsh (Brownhill - 79' )
  • 09 Davies
  • 14 Garner
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 27 Hume
  • 30 Brownhill

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 03 Dickson (Vose - 69' )
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 39 Bolger
  • 21 Massey (Olufemi - 51' )
  • 15 Bean
  • 11 Sears (Ibehre - 28' )
  • 09 Morrison
  • 27 Garbutt

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 02 Wright
  • 14 Bond
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 18 Eastman
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 25 Vose
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 8,492

Match Stats

Shots

26 4

On target

7 1

Corners

14 1

Fouls

7 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 1, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +3:07

Attempt blocked. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:24

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

90:00 +2:10

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:34

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:34

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

89:37

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack King.

83:48

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

81:02

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

81:02

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

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Keith Keane replaces Tom Clarke because of an injury.

78:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces John Welsh.

77:00

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

76:34

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

75:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Colchester United 1. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominic Vose.

74:17

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:17

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

72:09

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

71:46

Attempt blocked. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:06

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Lee Holmes.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Ryan Dickson.

68:09

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

67:26

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:24

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

65:49

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

64:32

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

63:41

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

63:41

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:36

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

57:46

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

56:06

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

55:30

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:30

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

55:10

Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:36

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

53:29

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

53:01

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

52:24

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:24

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

50:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Tosin Olufemi replaces Gavin Massey because of an injury.

50:18

Delay in match Gavin Massey (Colchester United) because of an injury.

48:38

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

48:03

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:03

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

46:19

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:19

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

45:48

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

45:48

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

45:21

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:21

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Colchester United 0. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

44:17

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

43:32

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:43

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

41:12

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Gavin Massey.

40:16

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:04

Delay in match Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) because of an injury.

37:35

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

35:25

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

35:25

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

34:59

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Walker.

34:41

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:14

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

32:23

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:23

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

32:08

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:08

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

31:20

Attempt saved. Jack King (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:43

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

29:40

Attempt missed. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

28:49

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

28:19

Attempt saved. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:30

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:30

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

27:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Freddie Sears because of an injury.

23:20

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:20

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

22:23

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

22:23

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

20:55

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:55

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

18:01

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

17:32

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:32

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

16:35

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

16:35

Freddie Sears (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:36

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high.

12:58

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

9:44

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

9:44

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:56

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

4:11

Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:11

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

1:34

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:34

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

1:06

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Walker.

0:51

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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