League One
ColchesterColchester United4DoncasterDoncaster Rovers1
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 4, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Shorey (Colchester United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Richard Brindley replaces Elliot Lee.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Riccardo Calder.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Riccardo Calder replaces James Coppinger.

  17. Goal!

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

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

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