League One
BrentfordBrentford3ColchesterColchester United1

Brentford 3-1 Colchester United

Brentford came from a goal down to beat Colchester and move within two points of a play-off place in League One.

Magnus Okuonghae met Luke Garbutt's corner to put the visitors in front, but they had no answer as the Bees ran riot in 10 second-half minutes.

Marcello Trotta levelled, turning in Clayton Donaldson's cross, before on-loan Chelsea man George Saville curled in Brentford's second.

Another loanee, Cardiff's Kadeem Harris, headed a third on his debut.

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Brentford boss Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

"We were determined to never give up and come back into the game. All the praise belongs to the team.

"We were under mental pressure but they played good football.

"I had to make some big calls, but the players have been excellent all week in training. I made certain calls, and we won the game 3-1.

"I believe we can beat anybody in the league and we are looking forward for the next game, especially coming off a great win."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"Exactly what we worked on this week got us into the lead. Exactly what we warned against has aided in our defeat.

"Poor passes in midfield, in the wrong areas, that we said this week you won't get a chance to do that against Brentford.

"First half, our job was to stifle the opposition, break when we can, keep the crowd quiet. Spot on.

"We got the goal, then unfortunately we aided in our downfall."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 5Craig
  • 6DeanBooked at 90mins
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forSaundersat 65'minutes
  • 17Saville
  • 11GriggSubstituted forK Harrisat 65'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 7Saunders
  • 10El Alagui
  • 14Logan
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 26K Harris
  • 28Nugent

Colchester

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 44Walker
  • 20Wilson
  • 27Garbutt
  • 6Eastmond
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 39Taylor
  • 22GilbeySubstituted forBondat 82'minutes
  • 9MorrisonSubstituted forMasseyat 62'minutes
  • 17Ibehre
  • 11SearsSubstituted forMonakanaat 82'minutes
  • 15Bean

Substitutes

  • 2Wright
  • 14Bond
  • 16Monakana
  • 21Massey
  • 29Phillips
  • 38Sendles-White
  • 40Szmodics
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
5,705

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 3, Colchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Colchester United 1.

  3. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

  5. Booking

    Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 3, Colchester United 1. Kadeem Harris (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

  14. Post update

    Farid El Alagui (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Bond (Colchester United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Freddie Sears.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Andrew Bond replaces Alex Gilbey.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Farid El Alagui replaces Marcello Trotta.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Colchester United 1. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.