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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.

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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.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient19134242172543
2Wolves19134232112143
3Preston19107228171137
4Brentford19114429191037
5Peterborough19112628181035
6Rotherham198743123831
7Swindon1993735251030
8Port Vale199282828029
9Bradford1877431201128
10Walsall197662018227
11Coventry1910454134724
12MK Dons186482829-122
13Shrewsbury195772122-122
14Crawley195771924-522
15Oldham176382224-221
16Colchester194962126-521
17Gillingham1963102432-821
18Carlisle195681932-1321
19Tranmere195592334-1120
20Sheff Utd1945101727-1017
21Stevenage1952121932-1317
22Crewe1944111540-2516
23Bristol City192982632-615
24Notts County1932141833-1511
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