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Colchester United 4-1 Doncaster Rovers

Colchester United's players celebrate
Colchester scored three goals in 10 second-half minutes

Colchester United scored four goals in a stirring second-half display as they fought back to beat Doncaster and climb off the bottom of the League One table.

Debutant loan signing Gary McSheffrey put Rovers ahead in a drab first half, running through and calmly slotting in.

The U's did not manage a shot on target but were rampant in the second period and Chris Porter's strike made it 1-1.

A Elliott Lee curler and Alex Gilbey's fine strike earned a commanding lead before Richard Brindley sealed victory.

Doncaster would have moved out of the relegation zone with a win following Blackpool's draw with Bury and seemed well set after McSheffrey's cool finish.

But Colchester's astonishing second-half response earned just a seventh league win of a miserable season to take them above Crewe, who lost to Sheffield United.

Gary McSheffrey
Gary McSheffrey has been in and out of the side at Scunthorpe but has now scored six goals in 16 starts this season following his debut strike for Doncaster

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 33Parish
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 33mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 32ChambersSubstituted forKentat 16'minutes
  • 31Shorey
  • 2GarvanBooked at 43mins
  • 8Gilbey
  • 10Moncur
  • 11Massey
  • 9PorterSubstituted forBonneat 83'minutes
  • 12LeeSubstituted forBrindleyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 15Kent
  • 19Bonne
  • 20Lapslie
  • 24Brindley
  • 25Barnes
  • 28Ambrose

Doncaster

  • 42Matthews
  • 3EvinaSubstituted forMackenzieat 65'minutes
  • 38Alcock
  • 6Butler
  • 20Taylor-Sinclair
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forCalderat 74'minutes
  • 29Middleton
  • 24Rowe
  • 27StewartSubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes
  • 14Tyson
  • 7McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 8Chaplow
  • 11Williams
  • 12Stuckmann
  • 17Mackenzie
  • 18Keegan
  • 21Mandeville
  • 37Calder
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
3,771

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home2
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 4, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 4, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

Joe Edwards (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 4, Doncaster Rovers 1. Richard Brindley (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Colchester United).

Riccardo Calder (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

Joe Edwards (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Richard Brindley replaces Elliot Lee.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Riccardo Calder.

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Riccardo Calder replaces James Coppinger.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Doncaster Rovers 1. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Doncaster Rovers 1. Elliot Lee (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nicky Shorey.

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Andy Williams replaces Cameron Stewart.

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Gary Mackenzie replaces Cedric Evina.

Attempt saved. Owen Garvan (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Doncaster Rovers 1. Chris Porter (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gavin Massey.

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Cedric Evina.

Attempt missed. Owen Garvan (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Elliot Lee (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Owen Garvan (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Doncaster Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton37235950311974
2Wigan381914564352971
3Walsall371911757381968
4Gillingham371891064442063
5Millwall371881158431562
6Barnsley381851559481159
7Bradford371610114338558
8Rochdale38169135549657
9Coventry3815111259431656
10Port Vale391511134546-156
11Sheff Utd381510135550555
12Southend381510135049155
13Scunthorpe381411134343053
14Peterborough38156176561451
15Swindon37148155657-150
16Bury381311144861-1350
17Shrewsbury381210164757-1046
18Chesterfield37126194859-1142
19Fleetwood371010174348-540
20Blackpool39109203650-1439
21Oldham36716133650-1437
22Doncaster38910193955-1637
23Colchester38710215087-3731
24Crewe38612204068-2830
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