Colchester picked up their first win in seven games at the expense of Coventry in League One.

Freddie Sears opened the scoring early on for the hosts when he confidently slotted past goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

Gavin Massey doubled the lead with a low finish from David Wright's long pass, while Sam Walker kept out Chuba Akpom's effort at the other end.

Callum Wilson squeezed a low strike into the far bottom corner for the Sky Blues, but missed two late chances.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"We're very pleased for everybody - pleased for the fans that stuck with us. It was a great win all-round.

"Freddie [Sears] took his goal exceptionally well, he looked sharp. It was a good finish, a good run in behind.

"We wanted to get the ball wide and get in behind their back four and use the pace. We played a bit more direct and the goals and chances we created were testament to that.

"We have a robust defence and a threat going forward to hit on the counter-attacks if we need. Second half, defensively we were excellent."

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"If you take away the opening 20-minute period and our defending in it, we actually did quite a lot of good things.

"We worked really hard and created a lot of really good chances.

"I thought our two strikers were excellent today, and in the end I think we should have had the point.

"We have to come to these places and get the points and that's the bottom line.

"We've making life far too difficult for ourselves. We have to be far more aggressive in our defending. We had three big chances away from home and we're feeling that we should have got something from the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 03 Dickson
  • 15 Bean
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 21 Massey (Vose - 83' )
  • 02 Wright
  • 09 Morrison (Bonne - 78' )
  • 11 Sears (Eastmond - 63' )
  • 07 Watt

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 12 Sanderson
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 25 Vose
  • 39 Sesay
  • 41 Bonne

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 19 Willis
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Thomas (McGeouch - 85' )
  • 15 Seaborne
  • 04 Webster (Delfouneso - 76' Booked )
  • 27 Petrasso
  • 07 Fleck
  • 20 Wilson
  • 09 Akpom
  • 03 Adams (Moussa - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Christie
  • 10 Delfouneso
  • 11 McGeouch
  • 13 Burge
  • 14 Moussa
  • 16 Barton
  • 26 Marshall
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 4,426

Match Stats

Shots

11 11

On target

4 6

Corners

5 5

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +6:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +6:00

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

90:00 +5:28 Booking

Booking Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:42

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:42

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Coventry City).

90:00 +1:48

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

90:00 +0:12

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

88:55

Attempt blocked. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

88:22

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

87:34

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:34

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

84:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Dylan McGeouch replaces Conor Thomas.

84:09 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

84:05

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

84:05

Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:02

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:02

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

82:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Gavin Massey.

81:07

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

77:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Clinton Morrison.

76:23

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

76:23

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Andy Webster.

75:19

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

74:24

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

72:31

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

72:18

Hand ball by David Wright (Colchester United).

70:49

Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:19

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

70:19

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:51

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

69:51

Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:31

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

69:31

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:08

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

65:30

Attempt missed. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

62:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Freddie Sears.

61:38

Attempt saved. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Franck Moussa replaces Blair Adams.

55:20

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

55:20

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:49

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

53:49

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:10

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:10

Foul by Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City).

49:21

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

49:21

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1.

45:00 +1:57

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

45:00 +1:57

Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 2, Coventry City 1. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Clarke.

43:59

Hand ball by Chuba Akpom (Coventry City).

43:45

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

43:45

Conor Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:16

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

41:39

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:39

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

40:57

Attempt missed. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:21

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:21

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

39:37

Hand ball by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

37:04

Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:39

Foul by David Wright (Colchester United).

35:39

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:52

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:52

Foul by Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City).

32:31

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Sam Walker.

32:13

Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:43

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Andy Webster.

28:06

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

25:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 2, Coventry City 0. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Wright.

24:18

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

23:08

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by David Wright.

22:50

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:36

Attempt blocked. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

19:53

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Blair Adams.

16:32

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

16:32

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:16

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:16

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

13:40

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

13:40

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:58

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:08

Foul by David Wright (Colchester United).

11:08

Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:20

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

6:15

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:15

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

4:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Coventry City 0. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sanchez Watt.

3:40

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:41

Hand ball by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

1:25

Attempt saved. Conor Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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