Two goals from substitute Steven Gillespie helped Colchester come from behind to beat Brentford.

Brentford went ahead through Niall McGinn's strike, the midfielder lashed home after Ben Williams saved Gary Alexander's penalty.

Gillespie restored parity with a close-range finish, following up after Anthony Wordsworth's fierce strike hit the bar.

The striker sealed the win from 25 yards, leaving Richard Lee helpless.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"To be fair, we deserved to comeback, we certainly didn't deserve to get beat.

"I think for a large part of the game the fact that both teams hadn't played for two and a half weeks kind of showed.

"It lacked a wee bit of quality, and I think that comes down to probably not being out on grass for that period of time.

"The changes helped, and the comeback was strong, we finished very strongly, the goals gave us that confidence to do so."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester

  • 01 Williams
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 25 White
  • 10 Izzet (Rowlands - 70' Booked )
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 23 James (Gillespie - 67' )
  • 27 Duguid Booked (Odejayi - 59' )
  • 16 Henderson
  • 19 Massey

Substitutes

  • 14 Bond
  • 17 Rowlands
  • 24 Coker
  • 09 Gillespie
  • 15 Odejayi

Brentford

  • 01 Lee
  • 14 Logan
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 25 Dean
  • 32 Legge
  • 04 Bean (Berahino - 89' )
  • 08 Douglas
  • 11 Weston (Saunders - 67' )
  • 18 McGinn (Donaldson - 82' )
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 29 Alexander

Substitutes

  • 06 Balkestein
  • 23 Thompson
  • 07 Saunders
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 10 Berahino
Ref: Linington
Att: 2,923

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

5 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +5:02

Short corner taken by Gavin Massey.

90:00 +4:46

Short corner taken by Gavin Massey.

90:00 +4:03

Short corner taken by Kayode Odejayi from the left by-line.

90:00 +3:10

Gary Alexander takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

90:00 +1:17

Ian Henderson takes a short corner.

90:00 +0:46

Unfair challenge on Steven Gillespie by Harlee Dean results in a free kick. Ian Henderson takes the direct free kick.

90:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Legge on Ben Williams. Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

88:02 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Bean goes off and Saido Berahino comes on.

87:12

Sam Saunders is penalised for a handball. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

84:52

Assist on the goal came from Kayode Odejayi.

84:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Gillespie - Colchester 2 - 1 Brentford A goal is scored by Steven Gillespie from outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Colchester 2-1 Brentford.

84:23

Effort on goal by Kayode Odejayi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

82:13

Anthony Wordsworth provided the assist for the goal.

82:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Gillespie - Colchester 1 - 1 Brentford Steven Gillespie fires in a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Colchester 1-1 Brentford.

82:02

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot.

81:18 Substitution

Substitution Clayton Donaldson on for Niall McGinn.

80:34

Sam Saunders gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Rowlands. Martin Rowlands sends in a cross, Magnus Okuonghae takes a shot. Save by Richard Lee.

79:24

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Martin Rowlands, clearance made by Jonathan Douglas.

79:06

Inswinging corner taken by Martin Rowlands.

78:46

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Douglas.

75:05

Sam Saunders fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Ben Williams.

75:05 Booking

Booking The referee shows Martin Rowlands a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

74:54

Sam Saunders fouled by Martin Rowlands, the ref awards a free kick.

74:14

Header from close range by Anthony Wordsworth misses to the right of the goal.

73:40

Unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Harlee Dean results in a free kick. Martin Rowlands takes the free kick.

72:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gillespie on Shaleum Logan. Richard Lee restarts play with the free kick.

71:28

Corner taken right-footed by Niall McGinn, John White makes a clearance.

70:43

Ian Henderson is ruled offside. Richard Lee takes the free kick.

69:44 Substitution

Substitution Kemal Izzet leaves the field to be replaced by Martin Rowlands.

68:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Alexander. Tom Eastman takes the free kick.

66:22 Substitution

Substitution Steven Gillespie on for Lloyd James.

66:03 Substitution

Substitution Myles Weston leaves the field to be replaced by Sam Saunders.

63:30

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Douglas by Anthony Wordsworth results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jonathan Douglas.

59:12 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson is cautioned.

58:40 Substitution

Substitution Kayode Odejayi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Karl Duguid.

58:05

Niall McGinn has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

56:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall McGinn - Colchester 0 - 1 Brentford Niall McGinn scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Brentford.

55:58 Penalty

Penalty taken by Gary Alexander saved by Ben Williams. Colchester 0-0 Brentford.

55:17 Booking

Booking Karl Duguid receives a caution.

54:59

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Bidwell by Karl Duguid.

54:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Bean by Lloyd James. Harlee Dean takes the direct free kick.

52:10

Niall McGinn has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

51:19

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Niall McGinn from the right by-line to the near post, Lloyd James manages to make a clearance.

49:08

Gary Alexander fouled by Tom Eastman, the ref awards a free kick. Myles Weston restarts play with the free kick.

47:34

Niall McGinn fouled by John White, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan Douglas from right wing.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

43:36

Gary Alexander is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Magnus Okuonghae takes the indirect free kick.

37:26

Toumani Diagouraga takes a shot. Tom Eastman gets a block in.

34:04

Niall McGinn challenges Kemal Izzet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Eastman restarts play with the free kick.

31:58

Lloyd James has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

31:14

Foul by Gary Alexander on John White, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

28:02

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Richard Lee.

25:02

Anthony Wordsworth has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

22:28

Unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Shaleum Logan results in a free kick. Lloyd James delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

20:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Legge on Ian Henderson. Lloyd James has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

19:28

Unfair challenge on John White by Myles Weston results in a free kick. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

18:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Alexander. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

16:35

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Niall McGinn, Brian Wilson manages to make a clearance.

16:00

Shot from outside the box by Brian Wilson misses to the left of the target.

15:29

Foul by Marcus Bean on Kemal Izzet, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth.

13:17

Shot by Karl Duguid from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

10:53

Long distance effort by Niall McGinn bounces off the post.

7:55

Close range shot by Leon Legge goes wide of the right-hand upright.

7:09

Corner taken by Jonathan Douglas played to the near post.

5:45

Unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae by Gary Alexander results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

3:23

Inswinging corner taken by Lloyd James from the left by-line, clearance made by Gary Alexander.

1:16

Ian Henderson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Richard Lee.

0:38

Foul by Marcus Bean on Anthony Wordsworth, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

0:00

The game begins.

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