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Colchester United 1-2 Preston North End

Brian Wilson

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:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Joe Dunne

"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."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B Wilson
  • 3Dickson
  • 15BeanBooked at 76mins
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 6EastmondSubstituted forSearsat 70'minutes
  • 2Wright
  • 17Ibehre
  • 25Vose
  • 21MasseySubstituted forMorrisonat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 11Sears
  • 12Sanderson
  • 22Gilbey
  • 23Olufemi
  • 39Sesay

Preston

  • 23RuddBooked at 32mins
  • 7Humphrey
  • 3Laird
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 12mins
  • 37KilkennySubstituted forBrownhillat 76'minutes
  • 2Keane
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forBeavonat 84'minutes
  • 17DaviesSubstituted forDaviesat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beavon
  • 11Holmes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 27Hume
  • 30Brownhill
Referee:
David Phillips
Attendance:
3,416

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away13
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Gavin Massey.

Substitution

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

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

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

Goal!

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

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.

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Sears replaces Craig Eastmond.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

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

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

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

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

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

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.

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

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

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient3320763467
2Wolves3120743467
3Brentford3120652366
4Preston32161241360
5Rotherham3116961557
6Peterborough31164111052
7Walsall3212119647
8Swindon3213613645
9MK Dons3212713243
10Port Vale3213415-543
11Bradford329149541
12Gillingham3311517-1338
13Coventry3113810337
14Oldham3210715-837
15Carlisle3210616-1736
16Colchester2981110-235
17Sheff Utd309813-635
18Tranmere329815-1735
19Crawley268108-434
20Crewe329716-2434
21Bristol City3361413-832
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Notts County339321-1330
24Stevenage307419-2225
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