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Colchester United 2-0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil are four points adrift at the bottom of League One after second-bottom Colchester enjoyed a comfortable victory over their relegation rivals.

Colchester's Sam Walker denied Gozie Ugwu and James Hayter before the break.

The hosts took the lead shortly after half-time when Norwich loanee Jacob Murphy was fouled by Nathan Smith and David Fox then scored from the spot.

Murphy himself then doubled the lead four minutes later with a low finish after racing onto George Moncur's ball.

The result leaves Yeovil with just one win from their last nine games, while Colchester ended a run of four straight defeats.

Colchester United manager Tony Humes told BBC Essex:

"It was a tough game from two nervous teams. It was a difficult first 45 minutes, we didn't really get going, but we worked hard as a team to make sure we didn't give anything away.

"We got the players second half to be a bit more urgent on the ball, try to play forward a bit quicker. We did OK.

"It was important, a massive win. It gives a huge lift, a huge confidence to the players.

"We've got to roll on and get on with the next one on Saturday."

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset:

"For us, it's probably the end of what we've been trying to do.

"Now it's about pride and perseverance. I told the players they're now fighting for their futures.

"It wasn't just on tonight or Saturday - it's been the course of the whole season.

"Everyone who has been at the club over the past season has to take responsibility."

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Walker
  • 41Hewitt
  • 6Khumalo
  • 18Eastman
  • 15Briggs
  • 24Moncur
  • 38Fox
  • 8Gilbey
  • 25Murphy
  • 19HealeySubstituted forPorterat 75'minutes
  • 37Sembie-FerrisSubstituted forMasseyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wynter
  • 12Lewington
  • 16Lawrence
  • 21Massey
  • 23Vincent-Young
  • 27Bonne
  • 42Porter

Yeovil

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Loach
  • 32Shephard
  • 26Arthurworrey
  • 27Webster
  • 3Smith
  • 17GrantSubstituted forMorganat 71'minutes
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 82minsSubstituted forEastmondat 83'minutes
  • 11Foley
  • 35KingsleySubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 52'minutes
  • 9Hayter
  • 25Ugwu

Substitutes

  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 12Krysiak
  • 13Moore
  • 14Hoskins
  • 15Ofori-Twumasi
  • 24Eastmond
  • 31Morgan
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
2,336

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 2, Yeovil Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Yeovil Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Morgan (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Craig Eastmond replaces Joe Edwards because of an injury.

  5. Booking

    Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

  8. Post update

    Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  9. Post update

    George Moncur (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Chris Porter replaces Rhys Healey because of an injury.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Adam Morgan replaces Joel Grant.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Dion Sembie-Ferris.

  14. Post update

    Rhys Healey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

  16. Post update

    George Moncur (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

  20. Post update

    Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City38258573324183
2Preston36219662313172
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons37199972393366
5Sheff Utd361510115043755
6Barnsley37166155049154
7Peterborough37165164546-153
8Chesterfield36149135448651
9Fleetwood37149143741-451
10Rochdale351551560461450
11Bradford351311114440450
12Doncaster371311134547-250
13Port Vale37146174752-548
14Gillingham371211145054-447
15Walsall371113133641-546
16Oldham361210144556-1146
17Scunthorpe351110144753-643
18Coventry371013144251-943
19Notts County36119163646-1042
20Crewe37126193567-3242
21Crawley371010174264-2240
22Leyton Orient36109174752-539
23Colchester37107204461-1737
24Yeovil3889212858-3033
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