Colchester came from two goals down to earn a point against Bristol City.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas set up on-loan striker Martin Paterson for City's opener and Scott Wagstaff forced in a Brendan Moloney cross to make it 2-0.

But the home side found a way back into the match when Gavin Massey turned in Marcus Bean's centre.

And Freddie Sears netted from 20 yards to ensure both sides remain in mid-table, five points above the relegation zone in League One.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We were in a good position at 2-0 up and pretty much coasting. We made a couple of changes, and with one on a booking, we didn't want anyone getting sent off.

"We just kept getting deeper and deeper, they put four on us and I felt as though we needed a spare man, so I decided to do that.

"On another day they work and sometimes they don't. Today, our substitutions didn't work."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 39 Sesay (Olufemi - 77' )
  • 03 Dickson
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 07 Watt (Sears - 51' )
  • 15 Bean
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 25 Vose (Bonne - 77' )
  • 21 Massey

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 02 Wright
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 09 Morrison
  • 11 Sears
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 41 Bonne

Bristol City

  • 01 Fielding
  • 02 Moloney
  • 03 Williams Booked (Burns - 90' )
  • 08 Elliott Booked (Pearson - 58' )
  • 35 Osborne
  • 36 Nosworthy
  • 34 Gillett Booked
  • 11 Wagstaff
  • 09 Baldock
  • 24 Paterson (Cunningham - 71' )
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 07 Kelly
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 19 Pearson
  • 21 Pack
  • 23 Barnett
  • 27 Burns
  • 32 Richards
Ref: Steven Rushton
Att: 3,805

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

8 5

Corners

3 3

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 2, Bristol City 2.

90:00 +4:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Bristol City 2.

90:00 +3:51

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

90:00 +1:36

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

90:00 +1:36

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Bristol City).

90:00 +0:56

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

90:00 +0:19

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:16

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

89:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Derrick Williams.

88:59

Hand ball by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

87:06 Booking

Booking Simon Gillett (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

87:00

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

86:57

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

78:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 2, Bristol City 2. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Bean.

76:29 Substitution

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

76:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Tosin Olufemi replaces Alie Sesay.

75:40

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

75:00

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:54

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

72:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Bristol City 2. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Bean.

70:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Martin Paterson.

69:40

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Simon Gillett.

69:30

Attempt blocked. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:01 Booking

Booking Derrick Williams (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

66:25

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

63:01

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:16

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

62:16

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

60:34

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

60:17

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

58:26

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

58:26

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:37

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

57:37

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Stephen Pearson replaces Wade Elliott.

54:19

Attempt blocked. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:53 Booking

Booking Wade Elliott (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

52:35

Freddie Sears (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:35

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

52:00

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

52:00

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:02

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

50:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Sears replaces Sanchez Watt.

50:03

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Bristol City 2. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

47:02

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:02

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

45:35

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Bristol City 1.

45:00 +0:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Bristol City 1.

43:26

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:28

Attempt saved. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:46

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

39:46

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:38

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

37:38

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

37:11

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

35:41

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

34:07

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:07

Foul by Martin Paterson (Bristol City).

33:13

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

29:42

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:42

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

29:19

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:02

Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

26:00

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:58

Foul by Brendan Moloney (Bristol City).

22:44

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

22:31

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

22:00

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

21:56

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

21:00

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

20:53

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

20:26

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

20:26

Martin Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:52

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

18:52

Foul by Brendan Moloney (Bristol City).

17:39

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

15:42

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

15:42

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:42

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

10:03

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

7:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Bristol City 1. Martin Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

7:10

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

7:10

Martin Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:33

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sam Walker.

5:21

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

1:27

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

1:27

Martin Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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