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Colchester United 0-3 Burton Albion

Lucas Akins
Lucas Akins (right) celebrates scoring his third goal

Colchester were relegated from League One with a home defeat by Burton, who boosted their own promotion chances.

The U's were reduced to 10 men early on after Joe Edwards was sent off for a late challenge on Matty Palmer.

Lucas Akins' close-range finish put the Brewers ahead on the stroke of half-time despite protests of offside.

Akins then completed his hat-trick after the break with a thumping finish from the edge of the box followed by a clean strike into the bottom corner.

Colchester's relegation comes towards the end of a hugely disappointing season which saw them fail to register a league win in more than four months between late October and early March.

The winless run of 19 matches was finally broken when they beat Bradford on 1 March, but by then they were already rock bottom.

A slight upturn in form over the last few weeks, in which they won three and drew two out of six games, saw Colchester move off the foot of the table.

However, with 95 goals conceded, they could become the first team to let in 100 league goals since Stockport County shipped 102 in the old First Division in 2001-02.

Burton, who came up from League Two last campaign, are now on the verge of winning back-to-back promotions as they sit six points clear of the play-offs in second, with two matches left.

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Parish
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 17mins
  • 15Kent
  • 18Eastman
  • 31Shorey
  • 2Garvan
  • 20LapslieBooked at 63mins
  • 11MasseyBooked at 21minsSubstituted forWynterat 24'minutes
  • 41DunneSubstituted forMoncurat 45'minutes
  • 19Bonne
  • 9PorterSubstituted forWrightat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Wynter
  • 7Wright
  • 8Gilbey
  • 10Moncur
  • 12Lee
  • 24Brindley
  • 25Barnes

Burton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2EdwardsBooked at 19mins
  • 4Mousinho
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 15Naylor
  • 34Choudhury
  • 21Duffy
  • 23PalmerSubstituted forBennettat 79'minutes
  • 14McCrorySubstituted forButcherat 69'minutes
  • 10Akins
  • 9BeavonSubstituted forWalkerat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Reilly
  • 8Weir
  • 12Butcher
  • 18Walker
  • 19O'Connor
  • 31Bywater
  • 33Bennett
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
4,292

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home0
Away11
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 0, Burton Albion 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Burton Albion 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Mason Bennett went off injured after Burton Albion had used all subs.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mason Bennett (Burton Albion).

  7. Post update

    Alex Wynter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Chris Porter.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Callum Butcher (Burton Albion).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Mason Bennett replaces Matthew Palmer.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Tyler Walker replaces Stuart Beavon.

  16. Post update

    Mark Duffy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Callum Butcher replaces Damien McCrory.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan442315677413684
2Burton442491155361981
3Millwall442291368482075
4Walsall4321121061471475
5Bradford4421111252401274
6Barnsley442171664511370
7Gillingham4419121369521769
8Scunthorpe4419111457471068
9Sheff Utd441812146354966
10Rochdale441811156458665
11Port Vale441811155652465
12Coventry4417121562481463
13Southend441611175660-459
14Peterborough44176217369457
15Bury441512175368-1557
16Swindon441510195969-1055
17Oldham441218144453-954
18Chesterfield44148225568-1350
19Shrewsbury431311195470-1650
20Fleetwood441115184953-448
21Blackpool441210223954-1546
22Doncaster441112214761-1445
23Colchester44912235495-4139
24Crewe44613254380-3731
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