Anthony Wordsworth scored a late header as Colchester United rescued a point at Oldham Athletic.

Keanu Marsh-Brown gave Oldham the lead from two yards out after Ben Williams parried Jean-Yyves Mvoto's header.

Shefki Kuqi squandered a chance for Oldham, as did substitute Kayode Odejayi for Colchester.

And Wordsworth salvaged a draw with a close-range header from Martin Rowlands's free-kick, his 10th goal of the season.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"We've had to work very, very hard. The perseverance, more than the quality, has given us a share of the spoils, which we've got to accept and be pretty pleased with.

"The approach of the players was strong rather than gifted, but we've got to do that - 46 games in a season, you are not going to get 3-2's and 4-1's and those sort of wins all the time, you've got to work hard for your points."

"Both goals are set-plays and you probably could have guessed that as the game went on."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Oldham

  • 01 Cisak
  • 02 Mvoto
  • 16 Tarkowski
  • 26 Winchester
  • 29 Mellor
  • 30 Marsh-Brown Booked (Smith - 69' )
  • 07 Morais
  • 11 Adeyemi
  • 19 Lee
  • 10 Simpson
  • 32 Kuqi

Substitutes

  • 13 Bouzanis
  • 05 Diamond
  • 24 Hughes
  • 09 Reid
  • 14 Smith

Colchester United

  • 01 Williams
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman (Heath - 66' )
  • 20 Wilson
  • 25 White
  • 10 Izzet (Bond - 67' )
  • 17 Rowlands
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 09 Gillespie
  • 11 Sears (Odejayi - 57' )
  • 16 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 03 Rose
  • 06 Heath
  • 14 Bond
  • 23 James
  • 15 Odejayi
Ref: Langford
Att: 3,956

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

4 6

Corners

11 6

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Filipe Morais. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:12

David Mellor delivers the ball. Shefki Kuqi is caught offside. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

89:56

Brian Wilson delivers the ball, clearance made by Jean Yves Mvoto. Corner taken by Martin Rowlands, Anthony Wordsworth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Smith. Alex Cisak takes the indirect free kick.

89:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Mellor on Steven Gillespie. Brian Wilson takes the direct free kick.

88:58

James Tarkowski fouled by Andy Bond, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

87:58

Steven Gillespie produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

86:18

Unfair challenge on John White by Robbie Simpson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Martin Rowlands, save made by Alex Cisak.

86:02

Matt Smith crosses the ball, save made by Ben Williams.

85:33

Foul by John White on Matt Smith, free kick awarded. James Tarkowski takes the free kick.

84:36

A cross is delivered by Robbie Simpson, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Matt Smith goes wide right of the goal.

83:07

Unfair challenge on Tom Adeyemi by Anthony Wordsworth results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Mellor.

82:00

The ball is swung over by Anthony Wordsworth.

80:56

Martin Rowlands provided the assist for the goal.

80:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Wordsworth - Oldham 1 - 1 Colchester Anthony Wordsworth scores a headed goal from close in. Oldham 1-1 Colchester.

80:15

Steven Gillespie fouled by Carl Winchester, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Martin Rowlands,

79:10

Unfair challenge on John White by Robbie Simpson results in a free kick. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

78:11

Martin Rowlands takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Adeyemi. Corner taken right-footed by Martin Rowlands to the near post, Shefki Kuqi makes a clearance.

76:31

Martin Rowlands takes the outswinging corner, brilliant save by Alex Cisak.

75:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Smith on Magnus Okuonghae. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

75:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Henderson on Shefki Kuqi. Alex Cisak restarts play with the free kick.

73:28

Unfair challenge on Ben Williams by Matt Smith results in a free kick. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

73:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robbie Simpson, Ben Williams makes a save.

72:18

The ball is crossed by Magnus Okuonghae, Close range header by Kayode Odejayi goes over the crossbar.

69:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Wilson on Matt Smith. Robbie Simpson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Martin Rowlands gets a block in.

68:28 Substitution

Substitution Matt Smith comes on in place of Keanu Marsh-Brown.

66:52

Kayode Odejayi is caught offside. Free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

66:23 Substitution

Substitution Andy Bond comes on in place of Kemal Izzet.

65:06 Substitution

Substitution Matt Heath comes on in place of Tom Eastman.

64:20

Keanu Marsh-Brown sends in a cross, clearance made by Brian Wilson. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Simpson, Kayode Odejayi manages to make a clearance.

64:05

The ball is sent over by Keanu Marsh-Brown, blocked by Anthony Wordsworth.

61:19

Shefki Kuqi is ruled offside. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

57:52

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Shefki Kuqi goes wide of the left-hand post.

56:40

Corner taken by Robbie Simpson from the right by-line.

56:40 Substitution

Substitution Kayode Odejayi on for Freddie Sears.

56:40

Centre by Kieran Lee, blocked by John White.

55:32 Booking

Booking Booking for Keanu Marsh-Brown for unsporting behaviour.

54:51

The ball is crossed by Filipe Morais, clearance by Brian Wilson. Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Simpson, save made by Ben Williams.

54:03

The ball is swung over by Keanu Marsh-Brown, blocked by Kemal Izzet. Robbie Simpson takes a outswinging corner to the near post.

52:17

Freddie Sears takes a shot. Jean Yves Mvoto gets a block in.

52:09

The ball is swung over by Freddie Sears, Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

50:49

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alex Cisak.

50:01

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

48:50

Foul by Keanu Marsh-Brown on Kemal Izzet, free kick awarded. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

48:16

Corner taken by Martin Rowlands from the right by-line played to the near post, Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Alex Cisak makes a comfortable save.

47:23

Short corner taken by Robbie Simpson from the left by-line. A cross is delivered by Robbie Simpson, clearance by Anthony Wordsworth.

46:19

A cross is delivered by Steven Gillespie.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

41:40

Brian Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keanu Marsh-Brown. Robbie Simpson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

39:03

Corner taken by Robbie Simpson from the left by-line, Anthony Wordsworth makes a clearance.

37:25

Anthony Wordsworth produces a cross.

36:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Keanu Marsh-Brown - Oldham 1 - 0 Colchester Goal scored by Keanu Marsh-Brown from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Oldham 1-0 Colchester.

35:49

Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Simpson, Jean Yves Mvoto takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.

34:59

Foul by John White on Robbie Simpson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Robbie Simpson, Martin Rowlands makes a clearance.

33:32

Effort from the edge of the box by Keanu Marsh-Brown goes wide of the left-hand post.

32:57

Centre by Ian Henderson.

32:38

The ball is sent over by Martin Rowlands, Filipe Morais gets a block in.

31:46

Outswinging corner taken by Martin Rowlands, Carl Winchester makes a clearance.

30:48

Steven Gillespie crosses the ball, Shot from close range by Ian Henderson misses to the right of the target.

28:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gillespie on Alex Cisak. Free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

28:26

Kemal Izzet takes a shot. Blocked by Jean Yves Mvoto.

27:31

The ball is sent over by Keanu Marsh-Brown, Robbie Simpson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ben Williams.

24:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Wordsworth on Alex Cisak. Free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

23:21

Steven Gillespie fouled by Jean Yves Mvoto, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Rowlands restarts play with the free kick. Freddie Sears is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

19:50

Robbie Simpson takes a outswinging corner.

19:17

Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Simpson, clearance by Kemal Izzet.

19:11

Centre by Keanu Marsh-Brown, John White gets a block in.

18:51

John White delivers the ball, Jean Yves Mvoto makes a clearance.

17:15

Foul by John White on Keanu Marsh-Brown, free kick awarded. James Tarkowski restarts play with the free kick.

16:02

Filipe Morais sends in a cross, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.

14:28

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

12:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by John White on Keanu Marsh-Brown. Robbie Simpson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ben Williams makes a save.

10:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shefki Kuqi. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

7:20

Unfair challenge on Steven Gillespie by Jean Yves Mvoto results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Rowlands. Effort on goal by Freddie Sears from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

6:09

Filipe Morais takes a shot. Tom Eastman gets a block in. Corner taken by Robbie Simpson from the right by-line to the near post.

4:46

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

3:31

Freddie Sears delivers the ball, Jean Yves Mvoto makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Martin Rowlands from the left by-line, save by Alex Cisak.

1:40

Shot by Filipe Morais from outside the box goes over the net.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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