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ColchesterColchester United1PrestonPreston North End2

Colchester United 1-2 Preston North End

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson's late own goal saw high-flying Preston beat Colchester.

The U's captain was unable to clear Chris Humphrey's cross as the ball bounced off his head and into the net.

Tom Clarke headed in Paul Gallagher's cross to put the visitors ahead before Colchester's Jabo Ibehre saw his penalty saved by Declan Rudd after the keeper had hauled down Marcus Bean.

Ibehre made amends when he fired in a sublime leveller as the game went from end-to-end before Wilson's error.

Before the match, Preston's travelling fans unveiled a huge banner paying tribute to club legend Sir Tom Finney who died aged 91, on 14 February.

The win left fourth-placed Preston seven points off an automatic promotion spot, with Colchester just three points above the relegation zone.

However the Essex club have at least three games in hand on three of the sides in the bottom four.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"The ball through [for Preston's winning goal] was three yards offside and the linesman's got to make a decision and it's a poor decision.

"It detracts from an excellent performance. I thought we matched them, created probably as many chances. I thought we were good going forward.

"It's not as if we're sitting back trying to draw, we're at home and we've gone for the win. Today we were just unlucky."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20Wilson
  • 3Dickson
  • 15BeanBooked at 76mins
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 6EastmondSubstituted forSearsat 70'minutes
  • 2Wright
  • 17Ibehre
  • 25Vose
  • 21MasseySubstituted forMorrisonat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 11Sears
  • 12Sanderson
  • 22Gilbey
  • 23Olufemi
  • 39Sesay

Preston

  • 23RuddBooked at 32mins
  • 7Humphrey
  • 3Laird
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 12mins
  • 37KilkennySubstituted forBrownhillat 76'minutes
  • 2Keane
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forBeavonat 84'minutes
  • 17DaviesSubstituted forDaviesat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beavon
  • 11Holmes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 27Hume
  • 30Brownhill
Referee:
David Phillips
Attendance:
3,416

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away13
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 1, Preston North End 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Preston North End 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Gavin Massey.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Stuart Beavon replaces Joe Garner.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  7. Post update

    Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Goal!

    Own Goal by Brian Wilson, Colchester United. Colchester United 1, Preston North End 2.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Neil Kilkenny.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Craig Davies.

  13. Booking

    Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Scott Laird.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Sears replaces Craig Eastmond.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient33207666323467
2Wolves31207454203467
3Brentford31206554312366
4Preston321612443301360
5Rotherham31169655401557
6Peterborough311641151411052
7Walsall32121193731647
8Swindon32136134943645
9MK Dons32127134644243
10Port Vale32134154449-543
11Bradford3291494338541
12Gillingham33115174255-1338
13Coventry31138105956337
14Oldham32107153644-837
15Carlisle32106163754-1736
16Colchester29811103638-235
17Sheff Utd3098133238-635
18Tranmere3298153855-1735
19Crawley2681083135-434
20Crewe3297163761-2434
21Bristol City33614134755-832
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Notts County3393214255-1330
24Stevenage3074192850-2225
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