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Notts County 2-0 Colchester United

Ronan Murray

Notts County moved out of the League One relegation zone after a comfortable win over Colchester United.

Ronan Murray gave the home side an early lead when he broke clear and finished under U's keeper Sam Walker.

Haydn Hollis headed in his third goal in three games in first-half injury time from Alan Sheehan's free-kick as the Magpies took control of the game.

The U's had their opportunities as Freddie Sears's effort hit the post, while Notts' Jimmy Spencer went close.

Shaun Derry's Magpies are out the drop zone on goal difference, level with four teams now on 40 points and they are a place and three points behind Colchester.

Notts County boss Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Post-match: Notts manager Derry

"If I'm honest I was hoping for seven points but to get the nine from the last three games is fantastic.

"We are still in a relegation battle though. The home games will be key, we need the support like we got today.

"Ronan is in a bit of form, he's got a bit of confidence and it's helping us. Everyone is working together though at the moment and that is what's important."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"We can control how individually and collectively we take responsibility for when games start. Once again we've given them a start.

"After that I think we dominated the first half, I think we've had as many shots, we've hit the post again twice - we're a hard-luck story at the moment.

"Overall, results are not great at the moment but we have to keep believing.

"The statistics will tell us that we are getting into good areas and we are getting opportunities. What we have to do is take them."

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 3Sheehan
  • 24Vela
  • 12Mullins
  • 26Hollis
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 4Liddle
  • 16Spencer
  • 19Murray
  • 7GrealishSubstituted forTysonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Leacock
  • 8McGregor
  • 21Thompson
  • 23Speiss
  • 28Boucaud
  • 32Dixon
  • 39Tyson

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonBooked at 45mins
  • 3Dickson
  • 25VoseSubstituted forMorrisonat 61'minutes
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 2Wright
  • 15BeanSubstituted forMasseyat 55'minutes
  • 17Ibehre
  • 11Sears
  • 22GilbeySubstituted forEastmondat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 6Eastmond
  • 9Morrison
  • 21Massey
  • 23Olufemi
  • 39Sesay
  • 40Szmodics
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
5,230

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away24
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 2, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Colchester United 0.

Attempt saved. Gary Liddle (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Gary Liddle (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

Attempt blocked. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Haydn Hollis (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Nathan Tyson replaces Jack Grealish.

Attempt blocked. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Alex Gilbey.

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Notts County).

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Gary Liddle (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County).

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves39268572254786
2Brentford38248662352780
3Leyton Orient402210872373576
4Rotherham392112673452875
5Preston402015556381875
6Peterborough38184165952758
7Swindon40169155853557
8Walsall401414124541456
9MK Dons40167175654255
10Sheff Utd38149154042-251
11Port Vale39156185265-1351
12Bradford391115135048248
13Coventry391610137069148
14Gillingham39146195163-1248
15Bristol City401016146263-146
16Crawley361113123844-646
17Oldham401111184355-1244
18Colchester391013164453-943
19Notts County40124245469-1540
20Tranmere391010194769-2240
21Carlisle391010193961-2240
22Crewe401010204775-2840
23Shrewsbury40814183650-1438
24Stevenage39108214060-2038
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