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Colchester United 3-2 Bristol City

Tony Humes
Tony Humes took over as Colchester manager in September

Tom Lapslie's first senior goal helped move Colchester out of the relegation zone as they beat leaders Bristol City.

The 19-year-old gave the hosts the lead on three minutes after goalkeeper Frank Fielding spilt Elliott Hewitt's cross.

Macauley Bonne's header doubled their advantage and Chris Porter added a third before the break.

Goals from City pair James Tavernier and Aden Flint set up a tense finish, but the hosts hung on for a valuable three points.

Tavernier's 50th-minute cross eluded Sam Walker to give City a glimmer of hope before centre-back Flint headed in his second goal in two games, but Steve Cotterill's side fell to their second defeat inside a week.

The result sees Colchester move out of the bottom four for the first time since November, while City's lead at the top of League One is cut to two points.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Colchester v Bristol City

"It was two halves. The first half we didn't turn up. It was a shocking pitch and we got the ball pinched off us a couple of times.

"We ended up being 2-0 down and then before we knew where we were a third went in.

"It was a horrible pitch. You couldn't play football on it but that's no excuse, really.

"We should have been brighter than that, but we weren't."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20Clohessy
  • 2Wynter
  • 18Eastman
  • 15Briggs
  • 41HewittSubstituted forMoncurat 68'minutes
  • 8Gilbey
  • 32LapslieSubstituted forMarriottat 90+1'minutes
  • 21Massey
  • 27Bonne
  • 42Porter

Substitutes

  • 3Gordon
  • 11Marriott
  • 12Lewington
  • 19Healey
  • 24Moncur
  • 37Sembie-Ferris
  • 40Harney

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22AylingSubstituted forLittleat 31'minutes
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 24Tavernier
  • 8Elliott
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 23Bryan
  • 10Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forAgardat 46'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWilbrahamat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19Agard
  • 21Pack
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
4,300

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 3, Bristol City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 3, Bristol City 2.

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Mark Little (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jack Marriott replaces Tom Lapslie.

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

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

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Macauley Bonne.

Attempt saved. Korey Smith (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Mark Little (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. George Moncur replaces Elliott Hewitt.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Matt Smith.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Bristol City 2. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Korey Smith.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Alex Wynter.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Bristol City 1. James Tavernier (Bristol City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing to the top left corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Wade Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City31197558292964
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon31176857342357
4Preston30168646281856
5Sheff Utd3014794335849
6Bradford3012994034645
7Doncaster31129103837145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale291251251401141
14Walsall311011103333041
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Scunthorpe30117124346-340
17Notts County31108133339-638
18Barnsley31115154148-738
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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