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Colchester United 2-0 Leyton Orient

Colchester secured a vital victory over fellow strugglers Leyton Orient but remain two points from safety at the foot of League One.

Gavin Massey opened the scoring for the hosts as he swept home from close in.

Kaspars Gorkss' header doubled the lead before Chris Dagnall thought he had pulled one back for Orient, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.

The hosts' win was soured when Elliott Hewitt was shown a straight red card for a foul on Romain Vincelot.

The U's leapfrog Orient as a result of the win but both teams remain in the League One relegation zone.

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Liverani on Colchester v Orient

Leyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani told BBC London 94.9:

"We have to fight until 2 May, the last game to avoid relegation because this is what we can fight for. Last season was great, but it has passed so this season it is a strong battle to avoid relegation.

"We knew that Colchester would push a lot in the first 20 minutes and we prepared for the game in that way but then on the pitch it was a different story.

"They showed more desire and hunger than us and this is what I said to the players - we have to play with that sort of spirit to go ahead and progress in the league."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20Clohessy
  • 13Gorkss
  • 18EastmanBooked at 44mins
  • 15Briggs
  • 38Fox
  • 32Lapslie
  • 28SzmodicsBooked at 74minsSubstituted forMoncurat 84'minutes
  • 41HewittBooked at 83mins
  • 42PorterSubstituted forBonneat 90+2'minutes
  • 21MasseySubstituted forGordonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gordon
  • 7Watt
  • 11Marriott
  • 12Lewington
  • 24Moncur
  • 27Bonne
  • 37Sembie-Ferris

Leyton Orient

  • 33Woods
  • 3SawyerSubstituted forDossenaat 88'minutes
  • 15Clarke
  • 12Lowry
  • 35Eardley
  • 26Lundstram
  • 4VincelotBooked at 75mins
  • 7Cox
  • 34HedgesSubstituted forPritchardat 85'minutes
  • 10MooneySubstituted forPlasmatiat 64'minutes
  • 23Dagnall

Substitutes

  • 2Omozusi
  • 16Lee
  • 17Wright
  • 18Pritchard
  • 21Grainger
  • 30Plasmati
  • 32Dossena
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
5,668

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Leyton Orient 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Leyton Orient 0.

Attempt saved. Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. John Lundstram (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Andrea Dossena replaces Gary Sawyer.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Ben Gordon replaces Gavin Massey.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Bradley Pritchard replaces Ryan Hedges.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. George Moncur replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Dismissal

Elliott Hewitt (Colchester United) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Foul by Ryan Hedges (Leyton Orient).

Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Gianvito Plasmati (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Elliott Hewitt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Shane Lowry.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient).

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

Attempt saved. Gianvito Plasmati (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Gianvito Plasmati replaces David Mooney.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Clohessy (Colchester United).

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26166452252754
2Bristol City25166348222654
3MK Dons25156453242951
4Preston26138540261447
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Fleetwood27107102726137
7Bradford2510693229336
8Sheff Utd2410683028236
9Chesterfield259883634235
10Notts County269893031-135
11Doncaster259882629-335
12Port Vale27105123338-535
13Peterborough26104123334-134
14Oldham2581073538-334
15Walsall268992628-233
16Gillingham2787123543-831
17Coventry2779112737-1030
18Barnsley2585123438-429
19Scunthorpe2385103239-729
20Crewe2685132544-1929
21Colchester2676133142-1127
22Leyton Orient2668123439-526
23Yeovil2767142139-1825
24Crawley2659122443-1924
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