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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

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves463110558103
2Brentford46281082994
3Leyton Orient462511104086
4Rotherham46241482886
5Preston46231672685
6Peterborough46235181474
7Sheff Utd46181315267
8Swindon4619918466
9Port Vale4618721-1461
10MK Dons4617920-260
11Bradford46141715359
12Bristol City46131914358
13Walsall46141616058
14Crawley46141517-657
15Oldham46141418-956
16Colchester46131419-853
17Gillingham4615823-1953
18Coventry46161317-351
19Crewe46131221-2651
20Notts County4615526-1350
21Tranmere46121123-2747
22Carlisle46111223-3345
23Shrewsbury4691522-2142
24Stevenage4611926-2642
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