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:

Joe Dunne

Media playback is not supported on this device

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3322744073
2Leyton Orient3521863571
3Brentford3321752570
4Preston35181341667
5Rotherham34171162162
6Peterborough3417413955
7MK Dons3514714349
8Swindon3513814547
9Walsall35121112147
10Port Vale3414416-746
11Sheff Utd3312813-244
12Coventry3414911341
13Bradford3491411241
14Gillingham3512518-1341
15Colchester3391212-339
16Crawley309129-439
17Bristol City3581413-638
18Oldham3510817-1138
19Carlisle3410717-1837
20Tranmere349916-1936
21Stevenage3410519-1835
22Crewe359818-2735
23Shrewsbury3471116-1332
24Notts County359422-1931
View full League One table

Top Stories