Colchester's Ian Henderson scored twice to help his side beat Preston.

The U's led when Anthony Wordsworth fired home a fierce effort in the bottom corner and he then set up Henderson to net from 12 yards.

North End replied through Neil Mellor's clinical shot but Henderson made it 3-1 from 20 yards out.

Preston again responded thanks to Paul Coutts' strike from range but Kayode Odejayi scored from six yards to seal the victory.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"We've beaten a very good team. I don't think very many will score four or win here.

"A major problem last year was scoring goals away from home.

"The finishing was a lot better, we've worked very hard at it."

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90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:48

Graham Alexander concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Rose. Michael Rose restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:20

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Iain Turner. Short corner taken by Lloyd James from the right by-line. Lloyd James takes a short corner.

90:00 +1:11

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Barry Nicholson from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Clarke Carlisle misses to the left of the goal.

89:25

Kayode Odejayi fouled by Clarke Carlisle, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Wilson takes the free kick.

88:01

Iain Turner takes the free kick.

87:40 Booking

Booking Lloyd James shown a yellow card.

85:49

Effort from the edge of the box by Iain Hume goes wide of the left-hand upright.

85:18

Danny Mayor sends in a cross, Matt Heath makes a clearance.

83:48

Matt Heath concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Mellor. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.

82:47 Substitution

Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Danny Mayor coming on for Craig Morgan.

82:30 Substitution

Substitution John White joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Wordsworth.

81:53

Paul Coutts takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

80:42

Iain Hume takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

79:01 Booking

Booking Neil Mellor is shown a yellow card.

78:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Rose by Neil Mellor. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.

77:51

The ball is crossed by Iain Hume, clearance by John-Joe O'Toole.

76:41

The ball is swung over by Paul Parry.

75:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Kayode Odejayi - Preston 2 - 4 Colchester Goal scored by Kayode Odejayi from close in low into the middle of the goal. Preston 2-4 Colchester.

74:17

Anthony Wordsworth takes a inswinging corner to the near post,

73:44

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Proctor. Mark Cousins takes the indirect free kick.

73:22

The offside flag is raised against Kemal Izzet. Iain Turner takes the indirect free kick.

72:25 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Vincent leaves the field to be replaced by Lloyd James.

72:25

Handball decision goes against Jamie Proctor. Mark Cousins restarts play with the free kick.

70:45

The ball is crossed by Iain Hume, Neil Mellor takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

69:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Coutts - Preston 2 - 3 Colchester Paul Coutts gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 2-3 Colchester.

68:49

Jamie Proctor concedes a free kick for a foul on Kayode Odejayi. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Michael Rose, Iain Turner makes a save.

67:00

Shot from a long way out by Brian Wilson goes wide of the left-hand post.

64:53

Assist by Kayode Odejayi.

64:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Preston 1 - 3 Colchester Ian Henderson fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 1-3 Colchester.

62:30 Booking

Booking The referee books Iain Hume for unsporting behaviour.

62:21 Booking

Booking Booking for Magnus Okuonghae for unsporting behaviour.

60:38

Brian Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Proctor. Paul Parry restarts play with the free kick.

59:19

The assist for the goal came from Graham Alexander.

59:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Mellor - Preston 1 - 2 Colchester Neil Mellor fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 1-2 Colchester.

59:05

Centre by Paul Parry, Matt Heath manages to make a clearance.

57:46

Foul by Graham Alexander on John-Joe O'Toole, free kick awarded. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.

57:19

The ball is crossed by Paul Parry.

56:23

Centre by Anthony Wordsworth, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.

55:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Proctor on Magnus Okuonghae. Mark Cousins takes the free kick.

55:19

Corner taken right-footed by Barry Nicholson.

54:14

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Barry Nicholson from left wing, Mark Cousins makes a save.

54:14 Booking

Booking Ian Henderson goes into the referee's book.

54:02

Foul by Ian Henderson on Paul Parry, free kick awarded.

53:03

Kayode Odejayi concedes a free kick for a foul on Clarke Carlisle. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.

52:33

Clarke Carlisle produces a cross.

50:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Heath on Neil Mellor. Barry Nicholson takes the direct free kick. Paul Parry takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins. Corner from left by-line taken by Barry Nicholson. The ball is sent over by Brian McLean.

48:11

Assist by Anthony Wordsworth.

48:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Preston 0 - 2 Colchester Goal scored by Ian Henderson from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 0-2 Colchester.

47:37

Iain Hume concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

45:58

Iain Hume has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

45:48

The ball is swung over by Graham Alexander, clearance by Brian Wilson.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:54 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:03

Neil Mellor sends in a cross, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.

42:38

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

42:24

Jamie Proctor produces a cross, clearance made by Anthony Wordsworth.

40:51

Corner taken right-footed by Barry Nicholson to the near post, clearance by Brian Wilson.

40:11

Michael Rose is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul Parry crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Kayode Odejayi.

39:34

Paul Parry sends in a cross.

37:15

Centre by Michael Rose, clearance made by Paul Parry.

36:40

Brian McLean challenges Matt Heath unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Cousins restarts play with the free kick.

36:03

Unfair challenge on Neil Mellor by Matt Heath results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Graham Alexander from right channel, clearance made by Matt Heath.

34:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet by Iain Hume. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth from right wing.

33:43 Booking

Booking Clarke Carlisle goes into the referee's book.

33:26

Kayode Odejayi fouled by Clarke Carlisle, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Wilson takes the direct free kick.

32:47

The referee blows for offside against Ashley Vincent. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.

29:28

The ball is sent over by Iain Hume.

29:16

Iain Hume sends in a cross, Brian Wilson manages to make a clearance.

28:02

The ball is sent over by Brian McLean, Iain Hume produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

24:27

Anthony Wordsworth takes the inswinging corner, Matt Heath has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

23:11 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Paul Coutts for unsporting behaviour.

22:58

Paul Coutts concedes a free kick for a foul on Kayode Odejayi. Matt Heath restarts play with the free kick.

22:46

Brian McLean crosses the ball, Kemal Izzet manages to make a clearance.

21:13

The ball is crossed by Ashley Vincent.

20:17

The ball is swung over by Neil Mellor, Matt Heath makes a clearance.

19:21

Graham Alexander fouled by Michael Rose, the ref awards a free kick. Iain Turner takes the direct free kick.

17:44

Corner from right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

17:12

Unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by Kayode Odejayi results in a free kick. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.

16:23

Shot from outside the area by Barry Nicholson misses to the left of the goal.

14:36

The ball is delivered by Neil Mellor.

14:12

Unfair challenge on Paul Parry by Kayode Odejayi results in a free kick. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.

13:36

Paul Parry produces a cross, clearance by Kemal Izzet.

13:11

The ball is sent over by Paul Coutts, clearance made by Mark Cousins.

12:13

Iain Hume gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet. Direct free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

11:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Wordsworth - Preston 0 - 1 Colchester Anthony Wordsworth finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 0-1 Colchester.

10:14

Ashley Vincent fouled by Graham Alexander, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Rose takes the free kick.

8:38

Graham Alexander challenges Ashley Vincent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Rose has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Iain Turner.

7:45

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Proctor. Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

7:02

Paul Coutts takes a shot. Save by Mark Cousins.

6:43

The ball is delivered by Iain Hume, save by Mark Cousins.

4:05

Paul Coutts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet. Michael Rose takes the direct free kick.

3:04

Jamie Proctor concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Heath. Mark Cousins takes the free kick.

2:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Nicholson, Magnus Okuonghae manages to make a clearance.

2:05

Short corner taken by Barry Nicholson. A cross is delivered by Barry Nicholson, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.

1:52

The ball is crossed by Paul Coutts, clearance made by John-Joe O'Toole.

1:08

Shot from outside the box by Neil Mellor goes wide right of the target.

0:21

Graham Alexander challenges John-Joe O'Toole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Wilson takes the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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