Steven Gillespie's brace helped Colchester ease past Preston North End.

The visitors had a Chris Robertson effort ruled out for offside while George Miller's fine strike cannoned off the underside of the crossbar.

But Gillespie got the opener when he poked in Anthony Wordsworth's header from close range.

Gillespie made it 2-0 from the spot after Paul Coutts handled Brian Wilson's cross, Andy Bond then neatly finished off Ian Henderson's pass.

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Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"I think that's as good a victory as we've had, particularly here. You've seen the reaction from both the team and the supporters at the end of it."

"We've had to fight, we've had to work and its been a very physical afternoon, but we stood up to that, we haven't been bullied."

"When we've had the opportunity, we've played our bits of good football, and that final goal is the real icing on the cake."

"The way we moved and played and broke, that's really pleasing because that's something we are trying hard to do."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester

  • 01 Williams Booked
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Wilson
  • 25 White
  • 10 Izzet (Bond - 74' )
  • 17 Rowlands (Rose - 89' )
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 09 Gillespie (Duguid - 80' )
  • 15 Odejayi
  • 16 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 03 Rose
  • 06 Heath
  • 14 Bond
  • 27 Duguid
  • 11 Sears

Preston

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 05 Robertson Booked
  • 14 Smith (Proctor - 58' )
  • 42 Hunt
  • 50 Brown
  • 08 Coutts Booked
  • 17 Parry
  • 28 Miller
  • 38 Procter
  • 34 Murphy (Hume - 58' )
  • 39 Cummins Booked

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 18 Devine
  • 10 Nicholson
  • 07 Hume
  • 09 Proctor
Ref: Collins
Att: 3,333

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

7 3

Corners

7 6

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:42 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:27

The assist for the goal came from Ian Henderson.

90:00 +3:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Bond - Colchester 3 - 0 Preston Andy Bond finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 3-0 Preston.

90:00 +2:39

Clearance by Brian Wilson.

90:00 +2:39 Booking

Booking Booking for Ben Williams for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:30

Paul Parry takes the outswinging corner,

90:00 +2:08

Unfair challenge on Aaron Brown by Kayode Odejayi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Robertson.

88:25 Substitution

Substitution Michael Rose replaces Martin Rowlands.

88:04

Short corner taken by Andy Bond.

87:48

Andy Bond decides to take a short corner.

87:37

Kayode Odejayi takes a shot. Chris Robertson gets a block in.

86:14

Anthony Wordsworth decides to take a short corner.

82:02

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.

79:26 Substitution

Substitution Steven Gillespie goes off and Karl Duguid comes on.

77:08

Jamie Proctor has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

75:50

The referee blows for offside. Chris Robertson takes the free kick.

73:48 Substitution

Substitution Kemal Izzet goes off and Andy Bond comes on.

72:58

Iain Hume takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

72:05

Corner taken by Paul Parry from the left by-line, Ben Williams makes a save.

70:27

Foul by Iain Hume on John White, free kick awarded. Martin Rowlands crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

67:32

Kemal Izzet fouled by Iain Hume, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

66:48

Outswinging corner taken by Paul Coutts from the right by-line, Kayode Odejayi manages to make a clearance.

64:17

Outswinging corner taken by Paul Coutts from the right by-line, clearance by Ian Henderson.

59:17

Graham Cummins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

59:03

Steven Gillespie takes a shot. Save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

57:02 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Proctor on for Steven Smith.

57:02 Substitution

Substitution Rhys Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Iain Hume.

52:08

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

51:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Gillespie - Colchester 2 - 0 Preston Penalty taken right-footed by Steven Gillespie and scored. Colchester 2-0 Preston.

49:39

Outswinging corner taken by Martin Rowlands. The referee gives a against Paul Coutts for handball.

48:47

Strike on goal comes in from Martin Rowlands from the free kick, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

48:47 Booking

Booking Graham Cummins receives a yellow card.

48:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet by Graham Cummins.

48:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Martin Rowlands, clearance made by Graham Cummins.

47:54

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Clearance made by Chris Robertson.

46:38

The referee gives a free kick against Steven Smith for handball. Free kick taken by Martin Rowlands.

45:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Brown on Kayode Odejayi. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:13

Unfair challenge on Paul Coutts by Steven Gillespie results in a free kick. Nicky Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:37

Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:37 Booking

Booking Paul Coutts shown a yellow card.

45:00 +0:22

Foul by Paul Coutts on John White, free kick awarded.

44:26

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry, Graham Cummins takes a shot. Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

44:09

Aaron Brown takes a shot. Blocked by Magnus Okuonghae.

43:25

Unfair challenge on Steven Smith by Magnus Okuonghae results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Parry from left wing.

35:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gillespie by Chris Robertson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Martin Rowlands from left channel, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

34:36

John White produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

33:16

The ball is swung over by Paul Coutts.

31:40

Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

31:40 Booking

Booking Chris Robertson is shown a yellow card.

31:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by George Miller on Martin Rowlands.

28:21

Shot from long range by Ian Henderson goes wide of the left-hand post.

25:30

Unfair challenge on Kayode Odejayi by Chris Robertson results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Anthony Wordsworth from the free kick.

19:49

Corner taken right-footed by Martin Rowlands, Steven Gillespie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Brown. Free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

18:16

Anthony Wordsworth provided the assist for the goal.

18:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Gillespie - Colchester 1 - 0 Preston Steven Gillespie finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 1-0 Preston.

17:38

Corner taken right-footed by Martin Rowlands.

16:18

George Miller takes a shot.

11:52

George Miller fouled by Kemal Izzet, the ref awards a free kick. Thorsten Stuckmann restarts play with the free kick.

10:31

Anthony Wordsworth produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

9:46

Paul Parry challenges Brian Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Rowlands restarts play with the free kick.

7:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Robertson. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

7:18

Corner from left by-line taken by Paul Parry.

5:37

Graham Cummins is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

4:28

Steven Smith fouled by Ian Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Smith takes the free kick.

1:34

Graham Cummins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae. Martin Rowlands restarts play with the free kick.

0:58

Shot from long distance by Paul Parry misses to the right of the goal.

0:12

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Robertson.

0:00

The match begins.

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