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Wolves 4-2 Colchester United

Michael Jacobs

Leaders Wolves survived a scare against Colchester to go four points clear at the top of League One.

The hosts led inside two minutes when Michael Jacobs' cross found the net, before David Edwards seized on a loose backpass and James Henry tapped in.

But Colchester fought back, with Alex Gilbey's header and David Wright's volley setting up a tense finish.

Freddie Sears hit a post for the visitors before Wolves sub Nouha Dicko rounded goalkeeper Sam Walker to score.

Wolves dominated possession from the start of a one-sided first half, leading 3-0 at the break.

Leon Clarke three times went close to his first goal at Molineux since returning to the club from Coventry.

Clarke had a header saved by Walker and another fly narrowly wide. And, when Walker turned his effort into Henry's path just before the break, the winger netted the rebound.

Jacobs and Edwards both missed excellent chances at the start of the second half before Colchester's stirring fightback.

Kenny Jackett's side had to endure a nervous finale until Dicko sealed a 14th home league win of the season with virtually the last kick.

Wolves' victory - combined with Brentford's 3-0 defeat at Rotherham - strengthens their title aspirations.

Colchester, meanwhile, are now just four points clear of the League One drop zone.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

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Post-match: Wolves boss Kenny Jackett

"You see a lot of comebacks in football and Colchester have a lot of spirit.

"They changed their system, went went to a diamond and caused us problems.

"Things weren't perfect. You can't just expect it happen. But four goals at home is a big positive and overall I felt we deserved to win.

"With us winning and Brentford losing, it's been a good night for us."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"I thought the second half we were excellent. We made some substitutions, tactically changed the shape, and had a great response.

"Freddie Sears hits the post, could make it 3-3. We were going for it at the end and left ourselves open a bit at the back.

"In the end 4-2 looks harsh. I know they had a lot of chances, but that's not my fault they missed them.

"I have to pay great credit to the players, in the second half they really dug in deep and showed great character again."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26Golbourne
  • 14EvansSubstituted forSakoat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 6Batth
  • 7Henry
  • 11McDonald
  • 9ClarkeSubstituted forDickoat 76'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forPriceat 53'minutes
  • 27Jacobs

Substitutes

  • 3Elokobi
  • 10Sako
  • 19Price
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 31McCarey
  • 40Dicko

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 39SesayBooked at 90mins
  • 3Dickson
  • 22Gilbey
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 21MasseySubstituted forSzmodicsat 65'minutes
  • 2Wright
  • 17IbehreSubstituted forMorrisonat 55'minutes
  • 6EastmondBooked at 22minsSubstituted forSearsat 55'minutes
  • 25Vose

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 11Sears
  • 15Bean
  • 23Olufemi
  • 40Szmodics
  • 41Bonne
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
17,041

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home21
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Colchester United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Colchester United 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Colchester United 2. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner.

  4. Booking

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Booking

    Alie Sesay (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alie Sesay (Colchester United).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Freddie Sears (Colchester United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sammie Szmodics.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves38258571254683
2Brentford37247662352779
3Leyton Orient392210772363676
4Rotherham382012671442772
5Preston391915555381772
6Peterborough38184165952758
7MK Dons39167165653355
8Swindon39159155652454
9Walsall391314124441353
10Sheff Utd37149143940-151
11Port Vale38155185164-1350
12Gillingham39146195163-1248
13Bristol City391016136161046
14Crawley351113113843-546
15Bradford381015134948145
16Colchester381013154451-743
17Oldham391110184355-1243
18Coventry371410136768-142
19Crewe391010194673-2740
20Tranmere38109194769-2239
21Carlisle38109193961-2239
22Shrewsbury39814173649-1338
23Notts County39114245269-1737
24Stevenage37107203958-1937
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