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Walsall 0-1 Colchester United

Walsall were consigned to a sixth game without a win after a freak goal gave Colchester the three points with their place in League One assured.

Gavin Massey's curling shot drew a save from Richard O'Donnell before Sam Walker kept Sam Mantom's shot out.

The U's winner came in bizarre fashion when James Chambers' clearance hit Craig Eastmond and flew past O'Donnell.

Walsall had chances to equalise but Walker denied Andy Butler and Clinton Morrison cleared off the line late on.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forBakayokoat 75'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 26McQuilkinSubstituted forSawyersat 62'minutes
  • 10Westcarr
  • 21MorrisSubstituted forFeatherstoneat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 17Flanagan
  • 25Sawyers
  • 27Bakayoko

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 16Wynter
  • 3Dickson
  • 15BeanSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 4OkuonghaeSubstituted forKentat 45'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 22Gilbey
  • 6Eastmond
  • 9Morrison
  • 21Massey
  • 25VoseSubstituted forDuguidat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 2Wright
  • 23Olufemi
  • 30Wright
  • 37Duguid
  • 41Bonne
  • 42Kent
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
4,271

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Colchester United 1.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Gavin Massey.

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Duguid (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Andrew Butler (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Featherstone (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Karl Duguid (Colchester United).

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces James Baxendale.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Nicky Featherstone replaces Kieron Morris.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Karl Duguid replaces Dominic Vose.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces James McQuilkin.

Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Colchester United 1. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Adam Chambers (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Colchester United 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves4631105893158103
2Brentford462810872432994
3Leyton Orient4625111085454086
4Rotherham462414886582886
5Preston462316772462685
6Peterborough462351872581474
7Sheff Utd461813154846267
8Swindon46199186359466
9Port Vale46187215973-1461
10MK Dons46179206365-260
11Bradford461417155754359
12Bristol City461319147067358
13Walsall461416164949058
14Crawley461415174854-657
15Oldham461414185059-956
16Colchester461314195361-853
17Gillingham46158236079-1953
18Coventry461613177477-351
19Crewe461312215480-2651
20Notts County46155266477-1350
21Tranmere461211235279-2747
22Carlisle461112234376-3345
23Shrewsbury46915224465-2142
24Stevenage46119264672-2642
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