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Colchester United 0-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leigh Griffiths

A brace from Leigh Griffiths helped Wolves to a comfortable victory at Colchester as they moved to within one point of leaders Leyton Orient.

Griffiths opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Matt Doherty had been tripped by Matt Taylor in the box.

And he doubled the lead from close range, after James Henry's cut-back.

Kevin Doyle fired in a third from close range and Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme saved Freddie Sears' penalty, awarded after he fouled Marcus Bean.


Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"Any defeat at home is a difficult defeat. Up until the penalty, we are well in the game.

"They always carry a threat and they've gone down the other end and scored a penalty and that changed the complexion of the first half.

"We chased it a bit against a quality team needed to get to half-time without conceding anymore and we did that.

"We spoke at half-time about a response. How we wanted to play in the second-half unfortunately the game is dead 10 minutes into the second half. We need a better response than that. We are better than that."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 44Walker
  • 39Taylor
  • 27Garbutt
  • 20Wilson
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 2WrightSubstituted forBeanat 56'minutes
  • 11Sears
  • 6EastmondBooked at 41mins
  • 22GilbeyBooked at 77mins
  • 16MonakanaSubstituted forSzmodicsat 57'minutes
  • 17IbehreSubstituted forLadapoat 75'minutes


  • 31Hubble
  • 12Sanderson
  • 40Szmodics
  • 38Sendles-White
  • 15Bean
  • 29Phillips
  • 19Ladapo


Formation 4-4-2

  • 13IkemeBooked at 85mins
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 18Ricketts
  • 2Doherty
  • 7HenryBooked at 17minsSubstituted forFordeat 90+1'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 26Golbourne
  • 19Price
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forSigurdarsonat 80'minutes
  • 29DoyleSubstituted forDavisat 88'minutes


  • 12Forde
  • 31McCarey
  • 15Sigurdarson
  • 32Foley
  • 16Cassidy
  • 8Davis
  • 3Elokobi
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Anthony Forde replaces James Henry.

  4. Post update

    Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Davis replaces Kevin Doyle.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

  8. Post update

    Penalty saved! Freddie Sears (Colchester United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  9. Booking

    Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Penalty Colchester United. Jeffrey Monakana draws a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Björn Sigurdarson replaces Leigh Griffiths.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from more than 35 yards is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  20. Booking

    Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.