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Colchester United 4-4 Walsall

James O'Connor scored in added time to secure Walsall a point in a dramatic eight-goal thriller at Colchester.

Romaine Sawyers and Milan Lalkovic gave second-placed Walsall a two-goal lead before George Moncur's curler and Marvin Sordell's finish made it 2-2.

On-loan George Evans restored Walsall's lead before Owen Garvan smashed in a 25-yard volley following a corner.

Darren Ambrose put the U's 4-3 up from Callum Harriott's cross but O'Connor's dramatic late finish earned a point.

It stretched the Saddlers' unbeaten away record in League One this season to eight matches.

Walsall remain two points behind leaders Gillingham, who drew at home to Southend.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Smith on Colchester v Walsall

"I'm bitterly disappointed, to be honest. We looked to be coasting at 2-0. We played some fantastic stuff during the first half - but they were always an attacking threat as well.

"They've had a few chances during the first half as well. I spoke to the players at half-time, what not to do - and we did the opposite.

"The lad scored a good goal for their first one, although I think it deflected off Adam Chambers. The second one was onside marginally. The third goal, a speculative strike from the edge of the box, was people not doing their jobs. in terms of our players.

"And the fourth one we should have had a penalty at the other end, and they break and score, so I feel that decision has cost us two points."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 12Jones
  • 14Olufemi
  • 15KentBooked at 70mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 6ElokobiBooked at 43mins
  • 8GilbeyBooked at 81mins
  • 2Garvan
  • 28Ambrose
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forEdwardsat 88'minutes
  • 31HarriottSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 83'minutes
  • 45Sordell

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 17Szmodics
  • 19Bonne
  • 20Lapslie
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 33Parish
  • 40James

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 27EvansSubstituted forFlanaganat 87'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 12FordeSubstituted forCookat 62'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forMorrisat 62'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Sawyers

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 30Jezeph
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,630

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 4, Walsall 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 4, Walsall 4.

Kieron Morris (Walsall) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 4, Walsall 4. James O'Connor (Walsall) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Cook.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United).

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Joe Edwards replaces George Moncur.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces George Evans.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Callum Harriott because of an injury.

Booking

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 4, Walsall 3. Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Harriott.

Attempt saved. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. George Evans (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

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

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt missed. Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Walsall 3. Owen Garvan (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Walsall 3. George Evans (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Chambers.

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Owen Garvan (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Walsall 2. Marvin Sordell (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Ambrose.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Walsall 2. George Moncur (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Darren Ambrose.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham1594229151431
2Walsall1585225121329
3Burton159241513229
4Coventry1474322121025
5Wigan156632518724
6Sheff Utd157352621524
7Bury156632421324
8Southend156451516-122
9Peterborough156363024621
10Millwall146352223-121
11Rochdale155551816220
12Scunthorpe156271918120
13Chesterfield156272123-220
14Bradford145541618-220
15Colchester155552532-720
16Shrewsbury155281921-217
17Port Vale154561618-217
18Oldham1521031722-516
19Blackpool144461218-616
20Fleetwood154381923-415
21Barnsley144281621-514
22Doncaster143561120-914
23Swindon153482026-613
24Crewe152491324-1110
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