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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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 0, Walsall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Walsall 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Cain (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

  16. Booking

    Andy Taylor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Jordan Cook.

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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