Febian Brandy's strike earned Walsall their first victory in 17 games as they claimed a home win against Colchester.

The former Manchester United striker scored the only goal of the game in the second half when he rounded United goalkeeper Mark Cousins to slot home.

And Brandy could have put the Saddlers ahead earlier in the game but dragged his low drive wide.

Jabo Ibehre went close for the U's but saw his chip over goalkeeper Aaron McCarey come back off the crossbar.

Colchester, who have now gone five games without a win, are now only two places above the League One relegation zone.

Walsall's victory, their first since they beat Bournemouth 2-1 on 29 September, takes the Saddlers five points clear of the bottom four.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 32 Mccarey
  • 04 Butler
  • 14 Purkiss
  • 22 Downing
  • 26 Taylor
  • 07 A Chambers
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg (Bowerman - 59' )
  • 10 Paterson (Cuvelier - 77' )
  • 12 Brandy
  • 29 Westcarr

Substitutes

  • 01 Grof
  • 05 Holden
  • 20 Benning
  • 08 Cuvelier
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 24 Baxendale
  • 17 Bowerman

Colchester United

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Rose (Wright - 46' )
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 25 White
  • 40 Thompson Booked
  • 10 Izzet Booked
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 09 Morrison
  • 11 Sears (O'Toole - 72' )
  • 12 Ibehre (Henderson - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Pentney
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 41 Potts
  • 08 O'Toole
  • 15 Bean
  • 30 Wright
  • 16 Henderson
Ref: Madley
Att: 3,006

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

8 1

Corners

13 2

Fouls

5 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:56 Full time

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

90:00 +2:46

John-Joe O'Toole takes a shot. Save by Mark Cousins.

90:00 +2:24

George Bowerman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

90:00 +1:59

John-Joe O'Toole sends in a cross, save by Aaron Mccarey.

89:13

Josh Thompson takes a shot.

88:52

Unfair challenge on Brian Wilson by Florent Cuvelier results in a free kick. Brian Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

88:17

Ian Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Febian Brandy. Free kick taken by Ben Purkiss.

87:28

Shot from long range by Anthony Wordsworth goes over the bar.

84:46

John-Joe O'Toole challenges Adam Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Mccarey.

82:37

Direct free kick taken by Ben Purkiss.

82:37 Booking

Booking Kem Izzet is shown a yellow card.

82:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kem Izzet on Ben Purkiss.

81:37

Ian Henderson delivers the ball, Paul Downing makes a clearance.

80:42

Andy Taylor sends in a cross.

78:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Morrison on Andy Taylor. Aaron Mccarey takes the direct free kick.

77:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by John White on Febian Brandy. Free kick taken by Ben Purkiss.

75:49

Free kick crossed by Andy Taylor.

75:49 Substitution

Substitution Florent Cuvelier on for Jamie Paterson.

75:49 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson booked for unsporting behaviour.

75:43

Handball by Brian Wilson.

75:19

The ball is delivered by John White, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

74:50

Brian Wilson produces a cross, Paul Downing manages to make a clearance.

73:15

George Bowerman produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

71:19 Substitution

Substitution John-Joe O'Toole on for Freddie Sears.

71:19

Long range effort by Ian Henderson goes wide right of the target.

70:23

Inswinging corner taken by Craig Westcarr from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Clinton Morrison.

66:34

Craig Westcarr restarts play with the free kick.

66:34 Booking

Booking Josh Thompson is cautioned.

66:28

Foul by Josh Thompson on Adam Chambers, free kick awarded.

65:01

Corner taken by Freddie Sears from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by George Bowerman.

60:53

Assist on the goal came from Sam Mantom.

60:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Febian Brandy - Walsall 1 - 0 Colchester Febian Brandy fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-0 Colchester.

59:26 Substitution

Substitution Ian Henderson replaces Jabo Ibehre.

58:16 Substitution

Substitution George Bowerman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Will Grigg.

56:15

Corner from left by-line taken by Craig Westcarr.

55:40

Anthony Wordsworth concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Mantom. Ben Purkiss crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

55:06

The ball is swung over by Craig Westcarr, Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

52:55

The ball is swung over by Jamie Paterson, comfortable save by Mark Cousins.

52:47

A cross is delivered by Ben Purkiss, clearance made by Brian Wilson.

50:37

Anthony Wordsworth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers. Ben Purkiss takes the direct free kick.

47:29

The ball is delivered by Jamie Paterson, Will Grigg takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins. Febian Brandy takes a shot. Save by Mark Cousins. Andy Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

45:57

Anthony Wordsworth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Mantom. Direct free kick taken by Sam Mantom.

45:26

Centre by Freddie Sears, save made by Aaron Mccarey.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Drey Wright on for Michael Rose.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:12

Shot from just outside the area by Sam Mantom goes over the bar.

45:00 +0:42

Centre by Will Grigg, clearance by Anthony Wordsworth.

45:00 +0:04

The offside flag is raised against Clinton Morrison. Aaron Mccarey takes the indirect free kick.

44:23

Centre by Michael Rose.

44:00

Unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Andy Butler results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.

43:17

Shot by Ben Purkiss from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

43:02

The ball is sent over by Ben Purkiss, Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

41:27

Will Grigg takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Rose. Corner from the left by-line taken by Sam Mantom, Adam Chambers takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Rose. Corner taken by Sam Mantom from the left by-line, clearance made by Jabo Ibehre.

41:03

Ben Purkiss delivers the ball, clearance by Tom Eastman.

40:52

Jabo Ibehre produces a cross, Sam Mantom makes a clearance.

39:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Taylor, Andy Taylor takes a shot.

36:39

Header from deep inside the penalty area by Will Grigg goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

34:54

Foul by Kem Izzet on Adam Chambers, free kick awarded. Aaron Mccarey takes the direct free kick.

33:54

Shot from just outside the box by Freddie Sears misses to the right of the target.

32:41

Michael Rose concedes a free kick for a foul on Febian Brandy. Aaron Mccarey takes the free kick.

31:49

Michael Rose takes a shot.

28:59

Jabo Ibehre takes a shot.

27:10

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Mantom from the right by-line, Will Grigg takes a shot. John White gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Sam Mantom from the right by-line, Josh Thompson manages to make a clearance.

26:06

Effort from inside the six-yard box by Febian Brandy goes wide left of the target.

24:40

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Brian Wilson. Corner taken by Sam Mantom, clearance made by Jabo Ibehre.

20:12

Sam Mantom produces a cross.

19:33

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chambers to the near post, Michael Rose makes a clearance.

19:25

The ball is swung over by Ben Purkiss, Kem Izzet manages to make a clearance.

18:20

Shot on goal by Brian Wilson from just inside the area goes over the target.

17:21

The referee blows for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Andy Butler takes the indirect free kick.

15:05

Unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Paul Downing results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Michael Rose from left wing, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

14:31

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Aaron Mccarey restarts play with the free kick.

11:41

Febian Brandy takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Eastman. Corner taken right-footed by Sam Mantom, Anthony Wordsworth makes a clearance.

10:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Taylor by Josh Thompson. Aaron Mccarey takes the free kick.

9:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Paul Downing. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

9:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Thompson on Craig Westcarr. Andy Taylor takes the direct free kick.

6:51

Anthony Wordsworth sends in a cross.

6:16

Anthony Wordsworth takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

4:29

The ball is crossed by John White, clearance made by Paul Downing.

3:16

Will Grigg challenges Josh Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Cousins takes the direct free kick.

1:04

Short corner taken by Sam Mantom from the right by-line.

0:27

Corner taken by Sam Mantom from the right by-line, Michael Rose manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers