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Colchester United 4-4 Walsall

James O'Connor scored in added time to secure Walsall a point in a dramatic eight-goal thriller at Colchester.

Romaine Sawyers and Milan Lalkovic gave second-placed Walsall a two-goal lead before George Moncur's curler and Marvin Sordell's finish made it 2-2.

On-loan George Evans restored Walsall's lead before Owen Garvan smashed in a 25-yard volley following a corner.

Darren Ambrose put the U's 4-3 up from Callum Harriott's cross but O'Connor's dramatic late finish earned a point.

It stretched the Saddlers' unbeaten away record in League One this season to eight matches.

Walsall remain two points behind leaders Gillingham, who drew at home to Southend.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"I'm bitterly disappointed, to be honest. We looked to be coasting at 2-0. We played some fantastic stuff during the first half - but they were always an attacking threat as well.

"They've had a few chances during the first half as well. I spoke to the players at half-time, what not to do - and we did the opposite.

"The lad scored a good goal for their first one, although I think it deflected off Adam Chambers. The second one was onside marginally. The third goal, a speculative strike from the edge of the box, was people not doing their jobs. in terms of our players.

"And the fourth one we should have had a penalty at the other end, and they break and score, so I feel that decision has cost us two points."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 12Jones
  • 14Olufemi
  • 15KentBooked at 70mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 6ElokobiBooked at 43mins
  • 8GilbeyBooked at 81mins
  • 2Garvan
  • 28Ambrose
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forEdwardsat 88'minutes
  • 31HarriottSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 83'minutes
  • 45Sordell

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 17Szmodics
  • 19Bonne
  • 20Lapslie
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 33Parish
  • 40James

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 27EvansSubstituted forFlanaganat 87'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 12FordeSubstituted forCookat 62'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forMorrisat 62'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Sawyers

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 30Jezeph
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,630

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 4, Walsall 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 4, Walsall 4.

  3. Post update

    Kieron Morris (Walsall) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Colchester United 4, Walsall 4. James O'Connor (Walsall) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Cook.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

  8. Post update

    Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United).

  10. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Joe Edwards replaces George Moncur.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces George Evans.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Callum Harriott because of an injury.

  18. Booking

    Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Colchester United 4, Walsall 3. Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Harriott.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.