Notts County held on to defeat Colchester and earn a first victory of the season despite having two men and manager Shaun Derry sent off late on.

Notts led when Nicky Wroe's miscued shot was turned in by Ronan Murray.

But the U's deservedly levelled after the break when Freddie Sears slipped the ball under keeper Roy Carroll.

Derry was sent to the stands, but Liam Noble's stunning strike made it 2-1 and the hosts held on despite having Cieron Keane and Wroe dismissed.

Both players picked up second yellow cards in a fiery end to a thrilling match which saw Notts survive seven minutes of injury time.

The hosts, who lost 1-0 at home to Fleetwood on Saturday, had looked well set for victory after a sharp start, but after going ahead, it was the U's who created the better chances.

Jabo Ibehre had three great first-half opportunities to level, but Carroll produced increasingly impressive saves from a header, a one-on-one chance and a rasping low strike.

After a quiet opening to the second period, Sears' cool finish sparked the game into life in the final 20 minutes.

Derry was dismissed for protesting, but Noble's beautiful curled shot restored the lead and they stood firm to consign the U's to a second defeat in four days, despite ending with nine men.

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Derry on Notts County v Colchester

"Saturday hurt (home defeat by Fleetwood), it burned us as a team. I wanted a reaction and tonight we gave a reaction.

"Unlike Saturday where we didn't dig in, we did tonight and it gave us a platform in the second half to come out and show everyone what these boys are all about.

"I'm disappointed I let myself down by being sent off, I take full responsibility for that. But it's an emotional game and you just want people to be consistent."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

Dunne on Notts County v Colchester

"I thought we dominated possession, dominated the game. It's the best passing performance I've seen in my time as a manager.

"We have to take our chances. It's difficult to take as a manager.

"A lot of fans will think it's the same old story, but we have to stay positive and keep believing.

"I'm desperately disappointed to have lost the game, but if we keep playing like that we're going to win."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Notts County

  • 01 Carroll
  • 21 Keane Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Hollis
  • 05 Mullins
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 13 Jones
  • 16 Noble
  • 08 Wroe Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Ismail Booked (Thompson - 80' )
  • 10 Murray
  • 12 Cassidy

Substitutes

  • 15 Thompson
  • 23 Speiss
  • 24 Balmy
  • 25 Dawson
  • 26 Whitehouse
  • 28 Edwards
  • 29 Bishop

Colchester United

  • 01 Walker
  • 04 Okuonghae Booked
  • 03 Gordon Booked
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Clohessy
  • 15 Bean (Massey - 77' )
  • 24 Moncur
  • 08 Gilbey (Eastmond - 87' )
  • 25 Vose (Szmodics - 78' )
  • 09 Ibehre
  • 11 Sears

Substitutes

  • 06 Eastmond
  • 10 Holman
  • 12 Lewington
  • 21 Massey
  • 26 Kent
  • 28 Szmodics
  • 30 Curtis
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 3,792

Match Stats

Shots

11 24

On target

5 9

Corners

3 4

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Notts County 2, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +6:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +4:32

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

90:00 +1:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:12

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

90:00 +0:58

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

89:48

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

89:03 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Nicky Wroe (Notts County).

87:47 Booking

Booking Ben Gordon (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

87:40

Curtis Thompson (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:40

Foul by Ben Gordon (Colchester United).

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Alex Gilbey.

86:16

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

84:33

Attempt blocked. George Moncur (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:27

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

82:42 Booking

Booking Nicky Wroe (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

82:33

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Notts County).

82:33

Sean Clohessy (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:03

Attempt saved. Nicky Wroe (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:13 Booking

Booking Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

81:07

Jake Cassidy (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:07

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

80:57

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Curtis Thompson replaces Zeli Ismail.

77:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Sammie Szmodics replaces Dominic Vose.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Marcus Bean.

76:16 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Cieron Keane (Notts County).

76:13

Foul by Cieron Keane (Notts County).

76:13

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:31

Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:31

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

75:21

Attempt saved. Ronan Murray (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:39 Booking

Booking Zeli Ismail (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

74:19

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Notts County).

74:19

Sean Clohessy (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 2, Colchester United 1. Liam Noble (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Jones.

68:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, Colchester United 1. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jabo Ibehre.

68:17

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

66:39

Foul by Liam Noble (Notts County).

66:39

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

65:38

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Notts County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

64:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:19

Delay in match Roy Carroll (Notts County) because of an injury.

61:51

Attempt blocked. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:00

Cieron Keane (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:00

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

59:46

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

58:34

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

57:34

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Notts County).

57:34

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

50:26

Zeli Ismail (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:26

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

49:24

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

48:13

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

47:00

Liam Noble (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:00

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

45:00

Second Half begins Notts County 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Notts County 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +0:53

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

45:00 +0:53

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

45:00 +0:17

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

43:28

Attempt missed. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:27 Booking

Booking Cieron Keane (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

42:21

Foul by Cieron Keane (Notts County).

42:21

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

37:19

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

36:18

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

34:26

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

34:15

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

33:13

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:13

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

32:25

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

30:29

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County).

30:29

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:46

Attempt blocked. Ronan Murray (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:34

Zeli Ismail (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:34

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

26:22

Attempt missed. Gary Jones (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

25:17

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

24:41

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Cieron Keane.

22:54

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

21:25

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Notts County).

21:25

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

20:32

Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

18:17

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nicky Wroe.

17:51

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

16:50

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

16:31

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

14:54

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

11:49

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Notts County).

11:49

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:36

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

10:56

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

9:39

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

9:28

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

6:48

Zeli Ismail (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:48

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

5:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, Colchester United 0. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Wroe.

1:37

Attempt saved. Liam Noble (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

1:15

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

1:15

Zeli Ismail (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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