Brian Wilson's late own goal saw high-flying Preston beat Colchester.

The U's captain was unable to clear Chris Humphrey's cross as the ball bounced off his head and into the net.

Tom Clarke headed in Paul Gallagher's cross to put the visitors ahead before Colchester's Jabo Ibehre saw his penalty saved by Declan Rudd after the keeper had hauled down Marcus Bean.

Ibehre made amends when he fired in a sublime leveller as the game went from end-to-end before Wilson's error.

Before the match, Preston's travelling fans unveiled a huge banner paying tribute to club legend Sir Tom Finney who died aged 91, on 14 February.

The win left fourth-placed Preston seven points off an automatic promotion spot, with Colchester just three points above the relegation zone.

However the Essex club have at least three games in hand on three of the sides in the bottom four.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"The ball through [for Preston's winning goal] was three yards offside and the linesman's got to make a decision and it's a poor decision.

"It detracts from an excellent performance. I thought we matched them, created probably as many chances. I thought we were good going forward.

"It's not as if we're sitting back trying to draw, we're at home and we've gone for the win. Today we were just unlucky."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 03 Dickson
  • 15 Bean Booked
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 06 Eastmond (Sears - 70' )
  • 02 Wright
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 25 Vose
  • 21 Massey (Morrison - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 09 Morrison
  • 11 Sears
  • 12 Sanderson
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 39 Sesay

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd Booked
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 03 Laird
  • 22 King
  • 06 Wright
  • 05 Clarke Booked
  • 37 Kilkenny (Brownhill - 76' )
  • 02 Keane
  • 12 Gallagher
  • 14 Garner (Beavon - 84' )
  • 17 Davies (Davies - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 27 Hume
  • 30 Brownhill
Ref: David Phillips
Att: 3,416

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

2 5

Corners

7 13

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 1, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +0:49

Attempt saved. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Gavin Massey.

83:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Stuart Beavon replaces Joe Garner.

82:49

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

82:49

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

81:47 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Brian Wilson, Colchester United. Colchester United 1, Preston North End 2.

81:31

Attempt saved. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:28

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Neil Kilkenny.

75:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Craig Davies.

75:24 Booking

Booking Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

75:19

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

75:19

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

73:55

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:01

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Scott Laird.

69:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Sears replaces Craig Eastmond.

68:24

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

68:15

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

67:39

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

67:12

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:12

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

65:50

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

65:40

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

64:41

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

63:17

Attempt missed. Keith Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

62:49

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

59:09

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

59:09

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

58:27

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

58:27

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

54:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Preston North End 1. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

52:45

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

52:09

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

50:48

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

50:48

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

50:00

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

49:57

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

47:23

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

45:00

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

45:00 +2:07 Half time

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

45:00 +2:00

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

44:49

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

44:21

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:21

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

42:22

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:50

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:50

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

40:15

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

39:37

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

39:16

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

38:57

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

36:34

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

35:03

Keith Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:03

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

31:50

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

31:17 Booking

Booking Declan Rudd (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

31:06

Penalty conceded by Declan Rudd (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

31:06

Penalty Colchester United. Marcus Bean draws a foul in the penalty area.

29:49

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

29:21

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

29:21

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

27:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Preston North End 1. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

26:50

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

25:03

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack King.

23:56

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

23:56

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

23:22

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

21:31

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

21:31

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

20:23

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

20:23

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

18:01

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

16:45

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Keith Keane.

16:32

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

15:00

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

15:00

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

12:39

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

11:34 Booking

Booking Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

11:29

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

11:29

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

10:24

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

9:57

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

9:40

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

8:47

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

8:08

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

7:12

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

7:12

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

6:23

Joe Garner (Preston North End) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

4:30

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack King.

4:22

Attempt blocked. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

3:25

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

3:25

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

2:00

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

1:03

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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