Bournemouth stretched their unbeaten run to 13 games under Eddie Howe as Lewis Grabban's sixth goal in six games sealed victory against Colchester.

The win was soured by a nasty injury to midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who was carried off shortly before half-time with an ankle problem.

Wes Fogden, Steve Cook and Brett Pitman all went close before Grabban's opener.

Colchester failed to clear from a corner and Shaun O'Kane slipped Grabban in for his ninth goal this season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent:

"Protecting a 1-0 lead against a team we haven't done very well against in recent years is certainly a very good result.

"We've been very surprised and really pleased with how quickly the lads have adapted to ideas.

(On the injured Shaun MacDonald) "He's an unsung hero, he makes us tick and he's a vital cog in our team and I think we did miss him.

"Initially we thought he may have broken his ankle but now we are hopeful it's just badly sprained but either way we are looking at a minimum of a couple of months."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I thought our game plan was spot on - it was a horrible match first-half, I wanted it to be."

"We've been too open. We've been attacking teams, we've been getting crucified, goals have been going in all over the place, I wanted to be harder to beat."

"The idea was to stay in the game, we were on the front foot in the second half, and I thought we deserved a draw."

"I've got to pay credit to the players. In the last few weeks I've been very disappointed in them and I think their response has been excellent. Today is the first step back to recovery."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 34 James
  • 02 Francis
  • 03 Cook
  • 13 Elphick
  • 07 Pugh
  • 11 Daniels
  • 12 Fogden (Partington - 90' )
  • 16 MacDonald (Arter - 45' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 22 Grabban
  • 40 Pitman (McQuoid - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 37 Buchel
  • 06 Partington
  • 08 Arter
  • 17 McQuoid
  • 23 McDermott
  • 18 Tubbs
  • 33 Fletcher

Colchester United

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Rose
  • 18 Eastman
  • 25 White
  • 40 Thompson
  • 41 Potts (Morrison - 46' )
  • 08 O'Toole (Wright - 46' )
  • 10 Izzet (Bond - 68' )
  • 22 Wordsworth Booked
  • 11 Sears
  • 12 Ibehre Booked

Substitutes

  • 35 Pentney
  • 07 Duguid
  • 14 Bond
  • 27 Tosin Olufemi
  • 30 Wright
  • 09 Morrison
  • 16 Henderson
Ref: Malone
Att: 6,145

Match Stats

Shots

17 9

On target

9 6

Corners

11 4

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:20 Full time

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

90:00 +2:16

John White gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Pugh. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:04

Eunan O'Kane decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +1:04 Substitution

Substitution Joe Partington is brought on as a substitute for Wes Fogden.

90:00 +0:41

Josh Thompson takes a shot. Save by David James.

89:49

Freddie Sears produces a cross, Tommy Elphick makes a clearance.

88:53

The referee blows for offside. Michael Rose restarts play with the free kick.

86:47

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marc Pugh, save by Mark Cousins.

86:28

Eunan O'Kane takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Josh Thompson.

86:15

Marc Pugh takes a shot. Save by Mark Cousins.

86:09

The ball is delivered by Simon Francis.

84:17

Direct free kick taken by Charlie Daniels.

84:17 Substitution

Substitution Josh McQuoid on for Brett Pitman.

84:17 Booking

Booking Booking for Jabo Ibehre for unsporting behaviour.

84:07

Jabo Ibehre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Arter.

80:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Arter on Anthony Wordsworth. Anthony Wordsworth takes the free kick.

79:55

Drey Wright takes a shot. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.

78:25

The ball is swung over by Marc Pugh.

77:15

Freddie Sears has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

76:57

The ball is delivered by Marc Pugh, Charlie Daniels takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

76:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Steve Cook. Anthony Wordsworth sends in a cross, Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Save by David James.

75:45

The ball is delivered by Marc Pugh, John White makes a clearance.

73:54

Jabo Ibehre fouled by Simon Francis, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Rose delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Brett Pitman makes a clearance.

73:31

Brett Pitman challenges Josh Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick. John White takes the direct free kick.

70:52 Booking

Booking The referee shows Anthony Wordsworth a yellow card.

69:37

Andy Bond concedes a free kick for a foul on Eunan O'Kane. David James restarts play with the free kick.

68:52

Effort from the edge of the box by Marc Pugh goes wide of the left-hand upright.

67:32 Substitution

Substitution Kem Izzet goes off and Andy Bond comes on.

67:16

Shot from outside the area by John White misses to the left of the target.

66:20

Michael Rose takes a outswinging corner.

66:12

The ball is crossed by Freddie Sears, Simon Francis makes a clearance.

65:34

Harry Arter produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

65:09

Michael Rose delivers the ball, save made by David James.

63:17

Brett Pitman has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

63:10

The ball is delivered by Marc Pugh, clearance made by John White.

63:00

A cross is delivered by Lewis Grabban, save by Mark Cousins.

61:43

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lewis Grabban. Mark Cousins takes the indirect free kick.

61:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lewis Grabban. Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

60:39

Wes Fogden takes a shot. Save by Mark Cousins.

60:33

Lewis Grabban crosses the ball, clearance by Josh Thompson.

56:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Clinton Morrison. David James takes the free kick.

55:39

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save by David James.

54:45

Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.

54:28

Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

53:35

A cross is delivered by Harry Arter, Josh Thompson makes a clearance.

53:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Grabban by Josh Thompson. Free kick taken by Charlie Daniels.

50:41

A cross is delivered by Freddie Sears, David James makes a comfortable save.

50:31

The ball is crossed by John White, clearance by Harry Arter.

47:50

Anthony Wordsworth challenges Simon Francis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David James.

47:08

Corner taken by Freddie Sears from the right by-line.

46:23

Corner taken by Michael Rose from the right by-line, Josh Thompson takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Daniels.

45:47

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by David James.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Clinton Morrison is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Potts.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Drey Wright coming on for John-Joe O'Toole.

45:00 +6:54 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +6:08

Harry Arter takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

45:00 +5:03

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Daniels from the right by-line, Josh Thompson manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +4:55

The ball is crossed by Simon Francis, clearance by Kem Izzet.

43:42

Mark Cousins takes the indirect free kick.

43:42 Substitution

Substitution Harry Arter joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun MacDonald.

43:42

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marc Pugh.

43:07

The ball is sent over by Daniel Potts, clearance made by Tommy Elphick.

42:05

The referee gives a free kick against Lewis Grabban for handball. Daniel Potts restarts play with the free kick.

40:12

Eunan O'Kane provided the assist for the goal.

40:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Grabban - Bournem'th 1 - 0 Colchester Lewis Grabban grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bournemouth 1-0 Colchester.

38:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Wordsworth on Wes Fogden. The ball is delivered by Charlie Daniels, Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins. Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Daniels,

37:40

Brett Pitman delivers the ball, Josh Thompson manages to make a clearance.

37:33

The ball is sent over by Marc Pugh, Michael Rose makes a clearance.

37:17

The ball is crossed by Marc Pugh.

36:14

Foul by Lewis Grabban on Kem Izzet, free kick awarded. Michael Rose takes the free kick.

34:08

Tom Eastman takes a shot. Comfortable save by David James.

33:36

Unfair challenge on John White by Brett Pitman results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

32:20

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Daniels, Header on goal by Steve Cook from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

31:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Pugh by John White. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Brett Pitman, clearance by John-Joe O'Toole.

26:14

John-Joe O'Toole concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Cook. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Elphick.

25:13

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Kem Izzet gets a block in.

25:04

Centre by Marc Pugh.

22:40

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Rose.

22:32

Freddie Sears delivers the ball, Charlie Daniels manages to make a clearance.

21:23

The ball is sent over by Marc Pugh, Close range headed effort by Wes Fogden clears the crossbar.

20:10

Centre by Simon Francis, clearance made by Josh Thompson.

19:43

Corner taken by Brett Pitman from the left by-line.

19:19

The ball is sent over by Lewis Grabban, clearance made by Michael Rose.

18:35

The ball is crossed by Michael Rose, blocked by Simon Francis.

16:08

Marc Pugh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Josh Thompson.

15:49

Freddie Sears is caught offside. Free kick taken by David James.

15:40

A cross is delivered by Michael Rose.

14:10

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

13:43

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Daniels from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by John White.

13:29

Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

12:00

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Daniels, Brett Pitman takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Cousins.

11:34

John-Joe O'Toole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brett Pitman. Steve Cook takes the free kick.

8:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Wordsworth by Eunan O'Kane. Free kick crossed by Kem Izzet.

4:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Pitman, clearance by Anthony Wordsworth.

3:19

Kem Izzet concedes a free kick for a foul on Eunan O'Kane. Brett Pitman shoots direct from the free kick, Josh Thompson gets a block in.

2:46

Eunan O'Kane fouled by Kem Izzet, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Brett Pitman, Daniel Potts makes a clearance.

1:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jabo Ibehre. David James takes the free kick.

0:37

Unfair challenge on Daniel Potts by Wes Fogden results in a free kick. Mark Cousins takes the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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