League One
ColchesterColchester United2CoventryCoventry City1
Gavin Massey

Colchester picked up their first win in seven games at the expense of Coventry in League One.

Freddie Sears opened the scoring early on for the hosts when he confidently slotted past goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

Gavin Massey doubled the lead with a low finish from David Wright's long pass, while Sam Walker kept out Chuba Akpom's effort at the other end.

Callum Wilson squeezed a low strike into the far bottom corner for the Sky Blues, but missed two late chances.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"We're very pleased for everybody - pleased for the fans that stuck with us. It was a great win all-round.

"Freddie [Sears] took his goal exceptionally well, he looked sharp. It was a good finish, a good run in behind.

"We wanted to get the ball wide and get in behind their back four and use the pace. We played a bit more direct and the goals and chances we created were testament to that.

"We have a robust defence and a threat going forward to hit on the counter-attacks if we need. Second half, defensively we were excellent."

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"If you take away the opening 20-minute period and our defending in it, we actually did quite a lot of good things.

"We worked really hard and created a lot of really good chances.

"I thought our two strikers were excellent today, and in the end I think we should have had the point.

"We have to come to these places and get the points and that's the bottom line.

"We've making life far too difficult for ourselves. We have to be far more aggressive in our defending. We had three big chances away from home and we're feeling that we should have got something from the game."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20WilsonBooked at 85mins
  • 3Dickson
  • 15Bean
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 21MasseySubstituted forVoseat 83'minutes
  • 2Wright
  • 9MorrisonSubstituted forBonneat 78'minutes
  • 11SearsSubstituted forEastmondat 63'minutes
  • 7Sanchez Watt

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 6Eastmond
  • 12Sanderson
  • 23Olufemi
  • 25Vose
  • 39Sesay
  • 41Bonne

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 19Willis
  • 24Clarke
  • 6ThomasSubstituted forMcGeouchat 85'minutes
  • 15Seaborne
  • 4WebsterSubstituted forDelfounesoat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Petrasso
  • 7Fleck
  • 20C Wilson
  • 9Akpom
  • 3AdamsSubstituted forMoussaat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 10Delfouneso
  • 11McGeouch
  • 13Burge
  • 14Moussa
  • 16Barton
  • 26Marshall
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
4,426

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  4. Booking

    Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Coventry City).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

  11. Post update

    Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Dylan McGeouch replaces Conor Thomas.

  14. Booking

    Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

  16. Post update

    Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Gavin Massey.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Brian Wilson.