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Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Colchester United

Ryan Lowe took his goal tally to 12 for the season with a brace to give Tranmere victory against Colchester.

Lowe opened the scoring when he met a Chris Atkinson cross to head home from the centre of the box.

He then doubled the home side's advantage from the penalty spot after Brian Wilson had brought down Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

Clinton Morrison's turn and finish in injury time pulled one back for Colchester but the hosts held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"I thought we deserved more than that. We controlled the game in the first half. We've had chances that we've got to take.

"I'll accept players missing chances when they get into positions, because generally the more you do it the more you'll score.

"What I won't accept, and what I think is crucial today, is the fact that we switched off for two set pieces. That's what has done us the game.

"That is unacceptable. People had their jobs to do and we didn't do them. We can't afford that, you can't do that. That's why we'll forever be fighting."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 31OtsemoborSubstituted forHolmesat 5'minutes
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 8J WallaceSubstituted forRoweat 90+3'minutes
  • 5GoodisonSubstituted forHorwoodat 12'minutes
  • 20McNulty
  • 15Kirby
  • 14Atkinson
  • 9Lowe
  • 26Akpa Akpro
  • 25Peterson

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 3Horwood
  • 12Rowe
  • 16Stockton
  • 17Power
  • 22Koumas
  • 33Mooney

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonBooked at 74mins
  • 27Garbutt
  • 2WrightSubstituted forBondat 57'minutes
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 25VoseSubstituted forBonneat 57'minutes
  • 6Eastmond
  • 17Ibehre
  • 22GilbeySubstituted forMorrisonat 72'minutes
  • 3DicksonBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 14Bond
  • 23Olufemi
  • 35O'Donoghue
  • 39Tozer
  • 41Bonne
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
4,148

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 1.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 1. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Rowe replaces James Wallace because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Andrew Bond (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers).
Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Wallace.
Attempt saved. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Brian Wilson.
Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).
James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).
Foul by Evan Horwood (Tranmere Rovers).
Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Andrew Bond (Colchester United).
Attempt missed. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.
Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.
Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).
Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.
Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Alex Gilbey.
Attempt missed. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).
Attempt blocked. Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.
Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).
Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).
Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.
Attempt missed. Andrew Bond (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Andrew Bond replaces David Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Dominic Vose.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 0. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty Tranmere Rovers. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Tom Eastman (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.
Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by David Wright (Colchester United).
Attempt saved. Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).
Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Colchester United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Colchester United 0.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.
Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).
Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1913422543
2Wolves1913422143
3Preston1910721137
4Brentford1911441037
5Peterborough1911261035
6Rotherham19874831
7Swindon199371030
8Port Vale19928029
9Bradford187741128
10Walsall19766227
11Coventry191045724
12MK Dons18648-122
13Shrewsbury19577-122
14Crawley19577-522
15Oldham17638-221
16Colchester19496-521
17Gillingham196310-821
18Carlisle19568-1321
19Tranmere19559-1120
20Sheff Utd194510-1017
21Stevenage195212-1317
22Crewe194411-2516
23Bristol City19298-615
24Notts County193214-1511
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