League One
ColchesterColchester United4BrentfordBrentford1
Freddie Sears

Colchester beat promoted Brentford to all but seal their League One status.

Colchester's Marcus Bean bundled in Brian Wilson's free-kick before Alex Wynter powered home a fine header.

Freddie Sears scored from the spot to make it 3-0, after Alan McCormack had fouled Sanchez Watt.

Brentford pulled a goal back when Stuart Dallas lashed in from 20 yards but Sears restored Colchester's three-goal cushion after he thumped into an empty net.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"At times I thought we were magnificent today. Tactically we were great. It would be nice to see some more it, as a manager that's what frustrates you because I know what my team is capable of.

"I think the players deserve a lot of credit today against a top side. They came here and picked their best team."

"That kind of effort and that kind of commitment at this stage of the season was incredible.

"We've got a lot of injuries from it, but somebody once said about leaving everything on the battlefield and we did that today."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20WilsonSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 3Dickson
  • 15Bean
  • 16Wynter
  • 18Eastman
  • 7Sanchez Watt
  • 22GilbeyBooked at 76minsSubstituted forVoseat 79'minutes
  • 17Ibehre
  • 11SearsBooked at 62minsSubstituted forEastmondat 70'minutes
  • 21Massey

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 2Wright
  • 6Eastmond
  • 9Morrison
  • 25Vose
  • 30Wright
  • 40Szmodics

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackSubstituted forO'Connorat 85'minutes
  • 28YennarisSubstituted forClarkeat 81'minutes
  • 8Douglas
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 5Craig
  • 9Donaldson
  • 15Dallas
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forAdamsat 59'minutes
  • 17SavilleBooked at 70mins
  • 18Judge

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 11Grigg
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 22Reeves
  • 32Adams
  • 34Clarke
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
6,400

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 4, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 4, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Jabo Ibehre went off injured after Colchester United had used all subs.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Kevin O'Connor replaces Alan McCormack.

  12. Post update

    Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adams (Brentford).

  14. Post update

    Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Josh Clarke replaces Nico Yennaris.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Alex Gilbey.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

    David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves4530105863155100
2Brentford452710870432791
3Preston452316671442785
4Leyton Orient4524111082443883
5Rotherham452314884572783
6Peterborough452341872581473
7Swindon45199176257566
8Sheff Utd441712154544163
9MK Dons45179196262060
10Port Vale45186215973-1460
11Walsall451416154948158
12Bristol City451318146966357
13Bradford451317155553256
14Crawley441413174753-655
15Oldham441412184857-954
16Gillingham45157235978-1952
17Coventry451613167375-251
18Colchester451214195261-950
19Notts County45154266376-1349
20Crewe451212215279-2748
21Tranmere451211225177-2647
22Carlisle441111224373-3044
23Stevenage45119254670-2442
24Shrewsbury45914224364-2141
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