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Colchester United 0-2 Walsall

Anthony Forde, Colchester v Port Vale
Forde has netted two goal in three games to take his Walsall tally to four since his summer move from Wolves

Colchester United's relegation worries deepened as they suffered a fifth successive home league defeat.

The third-bottom U's missed early chances through Sanchez Watt and Sammie Szmodics before Walsall's Jordan Cook hit the woodwork from a tight angle.

The Saddlers took the lead just after the half-hour mark when an unmarked Anthony Forde headed in Cook's cross.

Alex Wynter hit the bar for the hosts before Michael Cain's 75th-minute tap-in secured Walsall's victory.

The Saddlers had lost their last two league matches, either side of their 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final first-leg victory over Preston North End at Deepdale.

But Dean Smith's side are now back within three points of the League One play-off zone.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"We weren't at our fluid best. that said, it was a very professional performance and a deserved victory in the end.

"We could have done better in possession, but we scored a couple of good goals, kept a clean sheet and it's nice to be back on the winning trail.

"It was an afternoon where we showed character and determination to bring home the points."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20ClohessyBooked at 37mins
  • 13Gorkss
  • 18Eastman
  • 2Wynter
  • 24Moncur
  • 38Fox
  • 28Szmodics
  • 7Sanchez WattSubstituted forMasseyat 74'minutes
  • 19HealeySubstituted forBonneat 69'minutes
  • 41HewittSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gordon
  • 8Gilbey
  • 12Lewington
  • 21Massey
  • 27Bonne
  • 32Lapslie
  • 37Sembie-Ferris

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 15Chambers
  • 4O'ConnorSubstituted forDowningat 4'minutes
  • 3TaylorBooked at 81minsSubstituted forHenryat 83'minutes
  • 27Forde
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Cain
  • 21CookSubstituted forBaxendaleat 78'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 6Downing
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 25Henry
  • 37Manset
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
2,980

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Walsall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Walsall 2.

Attempt missed. James Baxendale (Walsall) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Michael Cain (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

Hand ball by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rico Henry replaces Andy Taylor because of an injury.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Booking

Andy Taylor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Elliott Hewitt.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Jordan Cook.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Gavin Massey.

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Colchester United).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0, Walsall 2. Michael Cain (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Sanchez Watt.

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Alex Wynter (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Rhys Healey.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Kaspars Gorkss (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Colchester United).

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay in match Ben Purkiss (Walsall) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26166452252754
2Bristol City25166348222654
3MK Dons24146451242748
4Preston25137539251446
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Bradford2510693229336
7Sheff Utd2410683028236
8Chesterfield259883634235
9Port Vale26105113337-435
10Notts County249782929034
11Fleetwood2697102626034
12Oldham2481063335-234
13Doncaster249782629-334
14Walsall268992628-233
15Peterborough2594123133-231
16Barnsley2485113436-229
17Scunthorpe2385103239-729
18Coventry2678112737-1029
19Gillingham2677123241-928
20Leyton Orient2568113437-326
21Crewe2575132444-2026
22Colchester2566132942-1324
23Crawley2559112442-1824
24Yeovil2565142038-1823
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