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Colchester United 0-1 Notts County

Paddy McCourt (r) celebrates his winner for Notts County
Paddy McCourt scored his first goal for Notts County since joining on loan from Brighton last month

Paddy McCourt eased pressure on relegation-threatened Notts County with the only goal against Colchester.

Gary Jones went close for the hosts before Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Blair Adams and Liam Noble all tested keeper Sam Walker at the other end.

Magpies keeper Roy Carroll kept Gavin Massey out, with McCourt then meeting a Campbell-Ryce cross to head home.

Adams ensured victory, clearing Macauley Bonne's effort off the line to move Notts six points clear of danger.

Colchester United manager Tony Humes told BBC Essex:

"We didn't get going at all. We didn't pass the ball how we set out to go and play. We didn't keep possession.

"Notts County did to us what we were expecting to do to them.

"It's a massive disappointment, but we've got to be better. Disappointment's not a good thing to have, because you've got regrets about what happened on the pitch.

"People are shouting there's no passion, but the players gave it a go. It wasn't great, but I wouldn't say anybody didn't try out there. Everything we set out to do just didn't happen."

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Derry on Colchester v Notts County

"Myself and Greg (Abbott) had a chat at half-time. We hoped it wouldn't be like Saturday when we dominated and couldn't get the goal.

"Thankfully, there was a little bit of magic from the new lads. It just takes a little bit of magic, a turn of pace and a cross - and Paddy has got on the end of it.

"I'm just relieved that this horrible run that we've been on is over. We're not taking anything for granted as we've got a tough last 13 games coming up."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2WynterBooked at 75mins
  • 5OsborneBooked at 90mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 15Briggs
  • 24MoncurSubstituted forFoxat 75'minutes
  • 28SzmodicsSubstituted forHealeyat 75'minutes
  • 8Gilbey
  • 21Massey
  • 42Porter
  • 27BonneSubstituted forMarriottat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Marriott
  • 12Lewington
  • 16Lawrence
  • 19Healey
  • 37Sembie-Ferris
  • 38Fox
  • 41Hewitt

Notts County

  • 1Carroll
  • 5Mullins
  • 6Hollis
  • 28Edwards
  • 3Adams
  • 32Campbell-Ryce
  • 16Noble
  • 15Thompson
  • 13JonesSubstituted forLitaat 62'minutes
  • 18McCourtSubstituted forHayhurstat 83'minutes
  • 11ThompsonSubstituted forBajnerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Smith
  • 7Hayhurst
  • 8Wroe
  • 12Newton
  • 17Lita
  • 27Bajner
  • 35Pilkington
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
2,505

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Notts County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Notts County 1.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Michael Edwards.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Curtis Thompson.

Attempt missed. Leroy Lita (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rhys Healey (Colchester United).

Michael Edwards (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Balint Bajner replaces Garry Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jack Marriott replaces Macauley Bonne.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. William Hayhurst replaces Paddy McCourt.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

Attempt blocked. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Michael Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Rhys Healey replaces Sammie Szmodics.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. David Fox replaces George Moncur.

Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

Paddy McCourt (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Karleigh Osborne (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

Attempt missed. Liam Noble (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Liam Noble (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0, Notts County 1. Paddy McCourt (Notts County) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Michael Edwards.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Curtis Thompson (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Paddy McCourt (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Leroy Lita replaces Gary Jones.

Attempt missed. Garry Thompson (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Curtis Thompson (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

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

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City34227565313473
2Preston33189653302363
3MK Dons34188868353362
4Swindon34187959382161
5Sheff Utd33158104739853
6Doncaster341310114342149
7Chesterfield34139124945448
8Bradford33139114238448
9Peterborough34145154244-247
10Barnsley34145154448-447
11Oldham331210114248-646
12Gillingham34129134950-145
13Port Vale34136154246-445
14Fleetwood34129133438-445
15Rochdale321351456431344
16Walsall341111123436-244
17Scunthorpe33119134650-442
18Notts County33118143440-641
19Crewe34116173259-2739
20Coventry33812133445-1136
21Leyton Orient3398164451-735
22Colchester3497183956-1734
23Crawley34810163558-2334
24Yeovil3479182649-2330
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