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Colchester United 2-1 Coventry City

Gavin Massey

Colchester picked up their first win in seven games at the expense of Coventry in League One.

Freddie Sears opened the scoring early on for the hosts when he confidently slotted past goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

Gavin Massey doubled the lead with a low finish from David Wright's long pass, while Sam Walker kept out Chuba Akpom's effort at the other end.

Callum Wilson squeezed a low strike into the far bottom corner for the Sky Blues, but missed two late chances.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester United boss Joe Dunne

"We're very pleased for everybody - pleased for the fans that stuck with us. It was a great win all-round.

"Freddie [Sears] took his goal exceptionally well, he looked sharp. It was a good finish, a good run in behind.

"We wanted to get the ball wide and get in behind their back four and use the pace. We played a bit more direct and the goals and chances we created were testament to that.

"We have a robust defence and a threat going forward to hit on the counter-attacks if we need. Second half, defensively we were excellent."

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"If you take away the opening 20-minute period and our defending in it, we actually did quite a lot of good things.

"We worked really hard and created a lot of really good chances.

"I thought our two strikers were excellent today, and in the end I think we should have had the point.

"We have to come to these places and get the points and that's the bottom line.

"We've making life far too difficult for ourselves. We have to be far more aggressive in our defending. We had three big chances away from home and we're feeling that we should have got something from the game."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonBooked at 85mins
  • 3Dickson
  • 15Bean
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 21MasseySubstituted forVoseat 83'minutes
  • 2Wright
  • 9MorrisonSubstituted forBonneat 78'minutes
  • 11SearsSubstituted forEastmondat 63'minutes
  • 7Watt

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 6Eastmond
  • 12Sanderson
  • 23Olufemi
  • 25Vose
  • 39Sesay
  • 41Bonne

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 19Willis
  • 24Clarke
  • 6C ThomasSubstituted forMcGeouchat 85'minutes
  • 15Seaborne
  • 4WebsterSubstituted forDelfounesoat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Petrasso
  • 7Fleck
  • 20C Wilson
  • 9Akpom
  • 3AdamsSubstituted forMoussaat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 10Delfouneso
  • 11McGeouch
  • 13Burge
  • 14Moussa
  • 16Barton
  • 26Marshall
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
4,426

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Booking

Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Coventry City).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

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

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Dylan McGeouch replaces Conor Thomas.

Booking

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Gavin Massey.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Clinton Morrison.

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Andy Webster.

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Hand ball by David Wright (Colchester United).

Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Attempt missed. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Freddie Sears.

Attempt saved. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Franck Moussa replaces Blair Adams.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves33227460204073
2Leyton Orient35218668333571
3Brentford33217556312570
4Preston351813451351667
5Rotherham341711664432162
6Peterborough34174135546955
7MK Dons35147145047349
8Swindon35138145247547
9Walsall351211123938147
10Port Vale34144164653-746
11Sheff Utd33128133638-244
12Coventry34149116259341
13Bradford34914114543241
14Gillingham35125184457-1341
15Colchester33912123942-339
16Crawley3091293438-439
17Bristol City35814135258-638
18Oldham35108174051-1138
19Carlisle34107173856-1837
20Tranmere3499164160-1936
21Stevenage34105193654-1835
22Crewe3598184067-2735
23Shrewsbury34711163346-1332
24Notts County3594224261-1931
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