Gary Jones notched the leveller for Rochdale against 10-man Colchester.

Ian Henderson put the visitors ahead with a wonderful 25-yard free-kick before Kayode Odejayi poked home for 2-0 after Brian Wilson's cross.

Magnus Okuonghae saw red for the U's for a professional foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Marcus Holness headed home Nicky Adams' cross for Dale.

Colchester looked set to hold out for the victory only for Jones to drive home with time running out.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM.

Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"With eleven v eleven we've been fantastic. We've scored twice, we could have got another two, we've had a great opening half an hour."

"Then obviously it gets more difficult when the sending-off crops up and we've got to deal with it."

"We've dealt with it real stoically, I think they've been very very strong today and didn't deserve the goal that went in against them."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Rochdale

  • 01 Kean
  • 02 Darby
  • 04 Holness
  • 05 Trotman
  • 12 Balkestein
  • 08 Jones
  • 10 Grimes
  • 11 Adams
  • 16 Tutte
  • 19 Barnes-Homer (Benali - 46' )
  • 26 Akpa Akpro Booked

Substitutes

  • 23 Lucas
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 14 Twaddle
  • 25 Benali

Colchester United

  • 01 Williams
  • 04 Okuonghae Dismissed
  • 06 Heath (Duguid - 47' )
  • 20 Wilson
  • 10 Izzet
  • 11 Antonio (O'Toole - 80' )
  • 14 Bond
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 24 Coker
  • 15 Odejayi Booked
  • 16 Henderson (White - 31' )

Substitutes

  • 25 White
  • 08 O'Toole
  • 23 James
  • 27 Duguid
  • 09 Gillespie
Ref: Webb
Att: 2,226

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

3 3

Corners

6 4

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:56

Stephen Darby challenges Ben Coker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Coker.

90:00 +2:21

Ashley Grimes is ruled offside. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:09

Gary Jones produces a cross, John White manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:46

Ahmed Benali crosses the ball, Ben Coker gets a block in.

90:00 +1:07

John-Joe O'Toole delivers the ball, clearance by Marcus Holness.

89:50

Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Brian Wilson.

89:37

Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Kemal Izzet gets a block in.

89:03

Free kick taken by Pim Balkestein.

89:03 Booking

Booking Kayode Odejayi is given a yellow card.

88:50

Kayode Odejayi challenges Nicky Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick.

87:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Jones - Rochdale 2 - 2 Colchester Gary Jones fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 2-2 Colchester.

87:43

Centre by Pim Balkestein,

86:06

Shot by Andrew Tutte from just outside the area goes over the net.

85:13

The ball is swung over by Pim Balkestein, save by Ben Williams.

84:29

Anthony Wordsworth takes a short corner.

84:08

Ben Coker takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.

79:53 Substitution

Substitution Michail Antonio goes off and John-Joe O'Toole comes on.

79:53

Effort from the edge of the area by Kayode Odejayi goes wide of the right-hand post.

79:28

The ball is sent over by Stephen Darby, Brian Wilson manages to make a clearance.

77:13

Shot from outside the area by Nicky Adams misses to the left of the target.

76:44

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams.

76:36

Nicky Adams delivers the ball, blocked by Ben Coker.

75:48

Shot from outside the penalty box by Anthony Wordsworth goes wide right of the goal.

73:24

Foul by Ben Coker on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, free kick awarded. Pim Balkestein crosses the ball in from the free kick.

72:48

The ball is swung over by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, save by Ben Williams.

72:26

The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, Brian Wilson manages to make a clearance.

71:12

The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Bond by Gary Jones. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

70:12

Foul by Michail Antonio on Marcus Holness, free kick awarded. Marcus Holness takes the free kick.

68:46

Anthony Wordsworth challenges Andrew Tutte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Holness takes the direct free kick.

67:51

Kayode Odejayi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

66:19

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro crosses the ball.

65:40

Nicky Adams produces a cross, save by Ben Williams.

64:51

Free kick crossed left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth, Jake Kean makes a save.

64:51 Booking

Booking Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is shown a yellow card.

64:32

Unfair challenge on Ben Coker by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro results in a free kick.

63:42

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, clearance made by Kayode Odejayi.

63:31

The ball is crossed by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, clearance made by Karl Duguid.

59:41

Gary Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Kemal Izzet.

59:12

The ball is swung over by Andrew Tutte, Michail Antonio makes a clearance.

58:23

Michail Antonio produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

56:59

Corner from left by-line crossed in by Nicky Adams.

54:50

Karl Duguid is caught offside. Jake Kean takes the indirect free kick.

54:31

Michail Antonio delivers the ball, blocked by Pim Balkestein.

53:41

Ben Coker delivers the ball, clearance by Marcus Holness.

52:45

Nicky Adams takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Ben Coker.

51:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Jones by Kemal Izzet. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Holness.

50:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neal Trotman by Kayode Odejayi. Direct free kick taken by Neal Trotman.

48:17

Unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet by Ahmed Benali results in a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

46:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Jones on Kayode Odejayi. John White takes the direct free kick.

45:53 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Karl Duguid coming on for Matt Heath.

45:53

Ashley Grimes is caught offside. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

45:19

Brian Wilson produces a cross.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Ahmed Benali coming on for Matthew Barnes-Homer.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:41

Michail Antonio takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.

44:52

Neal Trotman concedes a free kick for a foul on Kayode Odejayi. Andy Bond produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

42:59

The assist for the goal came from Nicky Adams.

42:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Holness - Rochdale 1 - 2 Colchester Marcus Holness grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Rochdale 1-2 Colchester.

42:59

Nicky Adams produces a cross,

42:43

Centre by Gary Jones, Kayode Odejayi manages to make a clearance.

42:17

Unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Kemal Izzet results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Jones.

41:48

Anthony Wordsworth has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

39:01

Nicky Adams produces a cross.

37:44

The ball is delivered by Michail Antonio.

36:18

The ball is delivered by Matthew Barnes-Homer, clearance made by Brian Wilson.

34:14

The ball is sent over by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

32:55

Ben Coker challenges Nicky Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Adams takes the free kick.

31:00 Substitution

Substitution John White is brought on as a substitute for Ian Henderson.

30:39

Nicky Adams delivers the ball, save by Ben Williams.

28:34

Strike on goal comes in from Pim Balkestein from the free kick, blocked by Anthony Wordsworth.

28:34 Dismissal

Dismissal Magnus Okuonghae dismissed for professional foul.

28:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Magnus Okuonghae on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

27:11

Michail Antonio produces a cross, Gary Jones gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

25:16

Pim Balkestein challenges Anthony Wordsworth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Wordsworth takes the free kick.

24:07

The referee gives a free kick against Ashley Grimes for handball. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.

19:37

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Adams, Kayode Odejayi makes a clearance. Gary Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Heath. Centre by Gary Jones, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

19:29

Nicky Adams sends in a cross, blocked by Ben Coker.

18:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Michail Antonio. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Nicky Adams from left wing, save by Ben Williams.

18:08

Ben Coker produces a cross, save made by Jake Kean.

17:37

The ball is crossed by Ian Henderson.

15:47

Centre by Anthony Wordsworth, clearance by Pim Balkestein.

14:37

Kemal Izzet fouled by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

13:01

Assist on the goal came from Brian Wilson.

13:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Kayode Odejayi - Rochdale 0 - 2 Colchester Goal scored by Kayode Odejayi from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-2 Colchester.

13:01

Brian Wilson crosses the ball,

12:04

The ball is crossed by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.

10:26

Nicky Adams produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro misses to the left of the goal.

9:41

Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Jones.

9:28

The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio.

8:24

Michail Antonio crosses the ball.

7:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ben Coker. Jake Kean takes the indirect free kick.

5:03

Anthony Wordsworth produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

4:55

Michail Antonio produces a cross, clearance by Marcus Holness.

2:55

Assist by Michail Antonio.

2:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Rochdale 0 - 1 Colchester Ian Henderson scores direct from the free kick. Rochdale 0-1 Colchester.

2:22

Michail Antonio fouled by Nicky Adams, the ref awards a free kick.

2:05

Kemal Izzet produces a cross, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

1:38

Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Pim Balkestein.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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