Colchester produced a fine display as Notts County suffered just their second defeat in 11 games.

The U's struck first through Anthony Wordsworth's free-kick before Sam Sodje headed home to equalise for County.

Michail Antonio prodded in to put the U's back in front, before Ian Henderson lashed in from 20 yards out.

Kayode Odejayi then slotted home for the hosts before County replied late on after Matt Heath deflected Jeff Hughes' shot into the net.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"It was a good game for us because we had to be patient in the first period. We could have scored, their goalkeeper's made some fantastic saves to keep them in the game.

"Then it's a question of being strong and brave and keeping your decision-making correct and we've done that as well.

"I'm delighted with the way that my team has responded to the whole game. We changed the format slightly, and then we've had to change it again with Steven Gillespie coming off."

Notts County manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I thought we were very comfortable in the first half - by keeping possession without creating too many chances. But we were very comfortable. I don't think they had any efforts on our goal and for an away team that's pretty good going.

"But then the second half, when we got the equaliser, we did have a crazy 10 minutes. We gave the ball away - giving away fouls, poor decision-making.

"But that's OK, we're on a long journey. Through that long journey there's going to be a few dodgy days, where you have a few flat tyres, a few hiccups along the way - and today was one of them."

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90:00 +5:40 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio by Charlie Allen. Anthony Wordsworth restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:28

Jeff Hughes provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +2:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Heath - Colchester 4 - 2 Notts Co An own goal is conceded by Matt Heath. Colchester 4-2 Notts County.

90:00 +2:28

Jeff Hughes takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Heath.

90:00 +2:11

Kayode Odejayi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mike Edwards. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

90:00 +0:02

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Hughes. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

88:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Duguid on Charlie Allen. Charlie Allen takes the free kick.

88:10

Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Allen, free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Hughes on Ben Williams. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

87:44

Femi Orenuga takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Heath.

86:45

The official flags Lee Hughes offside. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

85:35

Free kick crossed by Charlie Allen, Ben Williams manages to make a clearance.

85:35 Substitution

Substitution Karl Duguid comes on in place of Ashley Vincent.

85:35

The referee penalises Ben Coker for handball.

84:29

Julian Kelly crosses the ball.

84:15

Centre by Julian Kelly, clearance by Andy Bond.

83:56

Short corner taken by Femi Orenuga.

83:11

The offside flag is raised against Karl Hawley. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.

82:19

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Hughes. Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

80:55

Effort from inside the penalty box by Lee Hughes strikes the post.

79:47

Anthony Wordsworth produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

79:47 Booking

Booking Neal Bishop receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

79:39

Unfair challenge on Andy Bond by Neal Bishop results in a free kick.

79:12

Anthony Wordsworth takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Sam Sodje.

78:46

Ashley Vincent crosses the ball, clearance made by Mike Edwards.

77:35

Jeff Hughes takes a shot.

75:24

Foul by Neal Bishop on Ian Henderson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

74:37 Substitution

Substitution Alan Sheehan leaves the field to be replaced by Charlie Allen.

73:32

Ian Henderson provided the assist for the goal.

73:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Kayode Odejayi - Colchester 4 - 1 Notts Co Kayode Odejayi scores a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Colchester 4-1 Notts County.

72:32

The ball is swung over by Michail Antonio.

71:39

Magnus Okuonghae takes the free kick.

71:39 Substitution

Substitution Femi Orenuga replaces Richard Ravenhill.

71:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Wilson by Neal Bishop.

70:02

Assist on the goal came from Michail Antonio.

70:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Colchester 3 - 1 Notts Co Ian Henderson finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Colchester 3-1 Notts County.

65:59

The assist for the goal came from Kayode Odejayi.

65:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Michail Antonio - Colchester 2 - 1 Notts Co Goal scored by Michail Antonio from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Colchester 2-1 Notts County.

63:03

Anthony Wordsworth takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Stuart Nelson.

62:57

The ball is delivered by Ashley Vincent.

61:10

Ashley Vincent crosses the ball, clearance by Alan Sheehan.

60:14

Ian Henderson produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

59:29

Lee Hughes is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

58:46

Anthony Wordsworth takes a corner.

58:32

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

57:10

Assist on the goal came from Jude Stirling.

57:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Sodje - Colchester 1 - 1 Notts Co Sam Sodje finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Colchester 1-1 Notts County.

55:05

Shot by Richard Ravenhill from outside the box goes over the net.

55:00

The ball is swung over by Julian Kelly.

54:43

The ball is crossed by Neal Bishop.

52:12

Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

52:12 Substitution

Substitution Jude Stirling is brought on as a substitute for Alan Judge.

52:12

Kayode Odejayi is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

50:47

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge, Header on goal by Sam Sodje from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

50:39

The ball is sent over by Alan Sheehan, clearance made by Kayode Odejayi.

48:56

Michail Antonio provided the assist for the goal.

48:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Wordsworth - Colchester 1 - 0 Notts Co Anthony Wordsworth scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-0 Notts County.

48:16 Booking

Booking Sam Sodje booked for unsporting behaviour.

47:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Sodje on Michail Antonio.

45:39

Ian Henderson produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

45:23

Michail Antonio sends in a cross.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:42 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +3:00

Ashley Vincent crosses the ball, Foul by Kayode Odejayi on Mike Edwards, free kick awarded. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

44:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Hughes. Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

43:30

Karl Hawley takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.

40:21

Alan Judge takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

38:13

Free kick taken by Ben Coker.

38:13 Booking

Booking Richard Ravenhill booked for unsporting behaviour.

38:06

Richard Ravenhill concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Vincent.

37:50

Karl Hawley crosses the ball, clearance made by Anthony Wordsworth.

36:49

Alan Sheehan fouled by Kayode Odejayi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

36:17

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth played to the near post, clearance made by Sam Sodje.

35:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Hughes. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

33:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Henderson on Neal Bishop. Direct free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

30:57

Michail Antonio delivers the ball, clearance made by Sam Sodje.

30:49

The ball is swung over by Ashley Vincent, clearance made by Sam Sodje.

30:24

A cross is delivered by Alan Sheehan, save by Ben Williams.

28:27

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Vincent.

28:16

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.

27:42

The referee penalises Richard Ravenhill for handball. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

26:25

The ball is sent over by Brian Wilson, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

24:18

Jeff Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

23:36 Substitution

Substitution Steven Gillespie goes off and Ashley Vincent comes on.

21:14

The ball is sent over by Julian Kelly, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.

20:40

Alan Judge challenges Ben Coker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Coker takes the free kick.

19:18

Karl Hawley delivers the ball.

17:21

Effort on goal by Karl Hawley from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

16:05

Sam Sodje challenges Steven Gillespie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Anthony Wordsworth from the free kick, save by Stuart Nelson.

15:29

Richard Ravenhill is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

14:54

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Sam Sodje gets a block in.

14:13

Richard Ravenhill concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Henderson. Anthony Wordsworth takes the direct free kick.

12:57

Effort on goal by Ian Henderson from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

12:42

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

11:50

Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth played to the near post, clearance made by Karl Hawley.

11:06

Alan Judge takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Bond.

10:27

Free kick taken by Neal Bishop.

10:27 Booking

Booking Booking for Steven Gillespie.

10:02

Steven Gillespie concedes a free kick for a foul on Neal Bishop.

9:02

Shot from just outside the box by Karl Hawley misses to the left of the goal.

8:14

The ball is delivered by Brian Wilson, Foul by Kayode Odejayi on Stuart Nelson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

7:43

Outswinging corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth from the left by-line, Sam Sodje manages to make a clearance.

7:21

Michail Antonio takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.

6:45

Corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth to the near post, clearance by Jeff Hughes.

6:39

Brian Wilson crosses the ball, Julian Kelly manages to make a clearance.

5:22

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Steven Gillespie goes wide of the left-hand post.

2:54

Kayode Odejayi fouled by Sam Sodje, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Bond fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

2:33

Richard Ravenhill fouled by Anthony Wordsworth, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neal Bishop.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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