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Walsall 2-1 Colchester United

Jon Whitney
Jon Whitney's Walsall are level on points with second-placed Wigan in League One

Walsall grabbed two late goals to come from behind and beat bottom-of-the-table Colchester United.

The visitors looked to have claimed an unlikely win through Alex Gilbey's header just before half-time.

But Tom Bradshaw levelled with a minute remaining when he latched on to Matt Preston's flick-on.

Defender Preston then netted the winner in the fourth minute of added time when he found the top corner with a left-footed strike inside the area.

Victory for the Saddlers leaves them level on points with second-placed Wigan, but behind the Latics on goal difference.

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Whitney on Walsall v Colchester

Walsall interim head coach Jon Whitney told BBC WM: "We knew Colchester would be a serious test, they've got some really good offensive players.

"We needed to keep believing because we knew it might come down to that one chance you get, and that came into fruition."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 90mins
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'ConnorSubstituted forPrestonat 18'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 2Demetriou
  • 10SawyersBooked at 74mins
  • 22KinsellaSubstituted forMorrisat 66'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 14HenrySubstituted forLalkovicat 66'minutes
  • 9BradshawBooked at 90mins
  • 31Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 27Morris

Colchester

  • 33Parish
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 86mins
  • 32Chambers
  • 15Kent
  • 31Shorey
  • 2Garvan
  • 8GilbeyBooked at 30mins
  • 11Massey
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forAmbroseat 78'minutes
  • 12LeeSubstituted forWrightat 74'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forBonneat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 19Bonne
  • 20Lapslie
  • 24Brindley
  • 25Barnes
  • 28Ambrose
  • 41Dunne
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
5,818

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Colchester United 1.

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

Booking

Neil Etheridge (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Colchester United 1. Matt Preston (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Matt Preston (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

Booking

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Colchester United 1. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Preston.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Joe Edwards (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

Attempt missed. Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Darren Ambrose replaces George Moncur.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Elliot Lee.

Booking

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt saved. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Leo Chambers.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Rico Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Liam Kinsella.

Attempt missed. Rico Henry (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Elliot Lee (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton37235950311974
2Wigan371814560342668
3Walsall371911757381968
4Gillingham371891064442063
5Millwall371881158431562
6Barnsley371841559481158
7Bradford371610114338558
8Coventry3715111158401856
9Southend371510124945455
10Port Vale381510134445-155
11Rochdale37159135148354
12Sheff Utd371410135248452
13Scunthorpe371410134343052
14Swindon36148145553250
15Bury371310144760-1349
16Peterborough37146176260248
17Shrewsbury37129164656-1045
18Chesterfield37126194859-1142
19Fleetwood371010174348-540
20Blackpool38108203549-1438
21Doncaster37910183851-1337
22Oldham36716133650-1437
23Crewe37612193865-2730
24Colchester37610214686-4028
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