Colchester 1-0 Port Vale

Colchester bounced back from their League Cup humbling by Peterborough to maintain their 100% start in League One with a 1-0 victory against Port Vale.

Gavin Massey scored the only goal, turning in the rebound after Vale's Chris Neal had denied Jabo Ibehre.

Neal was the busier of the two goalkeepers, keeping out efforts from Massey and Freddie Sears, who also hit a post in the first half.

Chris Lines and captain Doug Loft had Vale's best chances but shot wide.

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"It was a good win today, we started the game exceptionally well. The onus was on the front four to create, and I thought we saw that in the first 20-30 minutes.

"All we were short of was a couple more goals, but overall I was pleased with the victory.

"The message to the players was just keep believing, you've got to keep creating chances. Once we scored the goal I thought we could win.

"I thought some of the football in the first half was great, we've got some of the best movement I think I've seen within our club and I'm really excited about the future."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker Booked
  • 03 Dickson
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Wilson
  • 02 Wright
  • 06 Eastmond Booked (Bean - 88' )
  • 07 Watt Booked (Wright - 86' )
  • 11 Sears (Gilbey - 86' )
  • 21 Massey
  • 17 Ibehre Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 05 Thompson
  • 14 Bond
  • 15 Bean
  • 28 Gilbey
  • 09 Morrison
  • 30 Wright

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 03 Jones (Myrie-Williams - 75' )
  • 04 Robertson
  • 05 Dickinson Booked
  • 06 Chilvers
  • 24 Duffy
  • 07 Loft
  • 18 Lines
  • 21 Griffith
  • 10 Tomlin (Hughes - 67' )
  • 11 Pope (Williamson - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Yates
  • 08 Dodds
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 26 Birchall
  • 19 Williamson
  • 23 Mohamed
  • 29 Hughes
Ref: Deadman
Att: 3,201

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

6 3

Corners

8 8

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:14 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +5:12

Caution for Sam Walker.

90:00 +5:12 Booking

Booking

90:00 +4:53

Shot by Jennison Myrie-Williams went wide left of the goal.

90:00 +3:44

Caution for Jabo Ibehre.

90:00 +3:44 Booking

Booking

90:00 +3:14

Alex Gilbey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Carl Dickinson on Jabo Ibehre, free kick awarded.

90:00 +0:03

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

89:40

Headed chance falls to Lee Hughes. Blocked by Marcus Bean.

88:08

David Wright takes the free kick.

87:20 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Bean is brought on as a substitute for Craig Eastmond.

86:47

Foul by Chris Robertson on Jabo Ibehre, free kick awarded.

86:25

Sam Walker takes the free kick.

86:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Hughes.

85:38 Substitution

Substitution Alex Gilbey comes on in place of Freddie Sears.

85:23 Substitution

Substitution Drey Wright on for Sanchez Watt.

84:58

Shot by Doug Loft cleared the target.

83:40

Ben Williamson heads at goal. Sam Walker catches the ball.

83:26

Clearance made by David Wright.

83:22

Corner taken by Chris Lines from the right by-line.

82:57

Free kick crossed by Chris Lines.

82:26 Booking

Booking

82:26

Craig Eastmond booked for unsporting behaviour.

82:12

Unfair challenge on Doug Loft by Craig Eastmond results in a free kick.

78:30

Ben Williamson manages to make a clearance.

78:23

Corner taken by Freddie Sears.

76:21

Free kick taken by Sanchez Watt.

76:04 Booking

Booking

76:04

Carl Dickinson is shown a yellow card.

75:44

Foul by Carl Dickinson on Sanchez Watt, free kick awarded.

74:51 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson comes on in place of Tom Pope.

74:42 Substitution

Substitution Jennison Myrie-Williams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Jones.

73:20

Jabo Ibehre provided the assist for the goal.

73:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Gavin Massey - Colchester 1 - 0 Port Vale Gavin Massey scores with their right foot. Colchester 1-0 Port Vale.

70:33

Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

70:20

Anthony Griffith challenges Craig Eastmond unfairly and gives away a free kick.

69:55

Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Chris Neal safely holds on.

69:33

Sam Walker takes the free kick.

69:28

The offside flag is raised against Lee Hughes.

69:21

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

68:33 Booking

Booking

68:33

Sanchez Watt is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

68:28

Sanchez Watt concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Robertson.

67:36

Shot by Lee Hughes missed to the left of the net.

66:47

Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

66:31

Foul by Chris Robertson on Jabo Ibehre, free kick awarded.

66:01 Substitution

Substitution Lee Hughes comes on in place of Gavin Tomlin.

65:31

Chris Lines has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

65:02

Clearance by David Wright.

64:57

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Lines.

63:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Freddie Sears.

61:40

Clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

61:28

Corner taken by Sanchez Watt from the right by-line.

58:19

Gavin Massey produces a cross.

57:00

David Wright restarts play with the free kick.

56:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Doug Loft on Ryan Dickson.

53:47

Sam Walker takes the free kick.

53:20

The referee blows for offside against Tom Pope.

53:04

Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

52:46

The offside flag is raised against Freddie Sears.

52:04

Corner taken by Sanchez Watt from the right by-line.

51:44

Shot by Freddie Sears. Blocked by Tom Pope.

50:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sanchez Watt.

48:30

Header at goal by Gavin Massey to the left of the net.

47:05

Centre by Brian Wilson.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:24

Jabo Ibehre makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:11

Corner taken by Chris Lines from the right by-line.

43:49

Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

43:41

Jabo Ibehre is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

43:24

Tom Eastman takes the free kick.

43:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wright by Gavin Tomlin.

42:02

Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

41:48

Craig Eastmond challenges Gavin Tomlin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

39:58

Brian Wilson manages to make a clearance.

39:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Lines.

39:17

David Wright makes a clearance.

39:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Lines.

37:11

Sam Walker takes the free kick.

36:35

Tom Pope is caught offside.

34:31

Doug Loft crosses the ball.

31:12

Tom Pope takes a shot. Sam Walker safely holds on.

29:45

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

29:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gavin Massey.

28:36

Free kick taken by Sam Walker.

28:15

Gavin Tomlin is ruled offside.

27:36

Jabo Ibehre takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.

27:04

Carl Dickinson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Sam Walker parries the ball away.

23:49

Magnus Okuonghae takes the free kick.

23:34

Tom Pope is ruled offside.

22:39

Freddie Sears has an effort at goal. Chris Neal parries the effort to safety.

22:18

Chris Lines takes the free kick.

21:43

Carl Dickinson fouled by Sanchez Watt, the ref awards a free kick.

21:07

Tom Eastman takes the free kick.

20:43

Freddie Sears fouled by Anthony Griffith, the ref awards a free kick.

20:13

Corner from the right by-line taken by Sanchez Watt.

19:41

Gavin Massey has an effort at goal. Chris Neal parries the ball away.

18:39

Corner taken by Sanchez Watt from the left by-line.

18:09

Sanchez Watt takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

16:14

Gavin Massey takes a shot. Chris Neal catches the ball.

15:39

Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

15:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Dickson by Gavin Tomlin.

14:59

David Wright makes a clearance.

14:55

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

14:36

Clearance by Tom Eastman.

14:15

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

14:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jabo Ibehre.

13:27

David Wright makes a clearance.

13:03

Clearance made by David Wright.

12:21

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

12:07

David Wright manages to make a clearance.

11:19

Shot by Doug Loft missed to the right of the net.

11:02

Clearance by Sanchez Watt.

10:34

Clearance made by Magnus Okuonghae.

9:59

Clearance by Anthony Griffith.

9:55

Corner from the right by-line taken by Sanchez Watt.

9:40

Clearance made by Carl Dickinson.

8:47

Freddie Sears takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the post.

7:19

Brian Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

6:42

Unfair challenge on Ryan Dickson by Richard Duffy results in a free kick.

6:27

Clearance made by Chris Robertson.

4:50

Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

4:45

Free kick crossed by Chris Lines.

4:13

Ryan Dickson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Duffy.

3:31

Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance.

3:20

The ball is delivered by Ryan Dickson.

1:51

Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

1:35

Clearance made by Chris Neal.

1:27

Sanchez Watt delivers the ball.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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