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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

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3926854786
2Brentford3824862780
3Leyton Orient40221083576
4Rotherham39211262875
5Preston40201551875
6Peterborough3818416758
7Swindon4016915557
8Walsall40141412456
9MK Dons4016717255
10Sheff Utd3814915-251
11Port Vale3915618-1351
12Bradford39111513248
13Coventry39161013148
14Gillingham3914619-1248
15Bristol City40101614-146
16Crawley36111312-646
17Oldham40111118-1244
18Colchester39101316-943
19Notts County4012424-1540
20Tranmere39101019-2240
21Carlisle39101019-2240
22Crewe40101020-2840
23Shrewsbury4081418-1438
24Stevenage3910821-2038
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