Ryan Lowe took his goal tally to 12 for the season with a brace to give Tranmere victory against Colchester.

Lowe opened the scoring when he met a Chris Atkinson cross to head home from the centre of the box.

He then doubled the home side's advantage from the penalty spot after Brian Wilson had brought down Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

Clinton Morrison's turn and finish in injury time pulled one back for Colchester but the hosts held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I thought we deserved more than that. We controlled the game in the first half. We've had chances that we've got to take.

"I'll accept players missing chances when they get into positions, because generally the more you do it the more you'll score.

"What I won't accept, and what I think is crucial today, is the fact that we switched off for two set pieces. That's what has done us the game.

"That is unacceptable. People had their jobs to do and we didn't do them. We can't afford that, you can't do that. That's why we'll forever be fighting."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 31 Otsemobor (Holmes - 5' )
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 08 Wallace (Rowe - 93' )
  • 05 Goodison (Horwood - 12' )
  • 20 McNulty
  • 15 Kirby
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 09 Lowe
  • 26 Akpa Akpro
  • 25 Peterson

Substitutes

  • 02 Holmes
  • 03 Horwood
  • 12 Rowe
  • 16 Stockton
  • 17 Power
  • 22 Koumas
  • 33 Mooney

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 27 Garbutt
  • 02 Wright (Bond - 57' )
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 25 Vose (Bonne - 57' )
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 22 Gilbey (Morrison - 72' )
  • 03 Dickson Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 09 Morrison
  • 14 Bond
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 35 O'Donoghue
  • 39 Tozer
  • 41 Bonne
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 4,148

Match Stats

Shots

14 18

On target

8 7

Corners

11 6

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +3:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 1. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +2:50

Attempt missed. Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +2:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Rowe replaces James Wallace because of an injury.

89:01

Attempt saved. Andrew Bond (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:18

Foul by Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers).

88:18

Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:02

Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:32

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Wallace.

86:17

Attempt saved. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

85:17

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

85:00

Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:59

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

82:11

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:11

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

80:53

Foul by Evan Horwood (Tranmere Rovers).

80:53

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:00

Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:59

Foul by Andrew Bond (Colchester United).

78:33

Attempt missed. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

78:11

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

77:15

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

75:12

Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

73:48

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:48

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

73:33

Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

73:16

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

72:29

Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Alex Gilbey.

66:54

Attempt missed. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

65:40

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:40

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

63:57

Attempt blocked. Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:09

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

61:00

Andrew Bond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:58

Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).

60:30

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

59:37

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

59:37

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:49

Attempt saved. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

57:45

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

56:48

Attempt missed. Andrew Bond (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

56:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Andrew Bond replaces David Wright.

56:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Dominic Vose.

55:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Colchester United 0. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

54:25

Penalty Tranmere Rovers. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro draws a foul in the penalty area.

54:25

Penalty conceded by Tom Eastman (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

54:04

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

49:45

Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:45

Foul by David Wright (Colchester United).

48:19

Attempt saved. Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

46:41

Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).

46:41

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:27

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +5:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +4:19

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

45:00 +2:33

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

45:00 +2:33

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:52

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

43:29 Booking

Booking Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

43:00

Evan Horwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:59

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

42:04

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

41:12

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

41:12

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:29

Attempt saved. Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:11

Foul by Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers).

38:11

David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:40

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

31:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Colchester United 0. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Atkinson with a cross.

31:06

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

30:48

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Sam Walker.

30:31

Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

27:24

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

26:38

Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:20

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

25:19

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:19

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

24:50

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

24:36

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

22:34

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

21:55

Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

20:18

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:14

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

17:38

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

13:10

Attempt missed. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

11:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Evan Horwood replaces Ian Goodison because of an injury.

11:08

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

10:21

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

6:21

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

4:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Danny Holmes replaces Jon Otsemobor because of an injury.

3:30

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

2:24

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Owain Williams.

2:04

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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