Colchester beat promoted Brentford to all but seal their League One status.

Colchester's Marcus Bean bundled in Brian Wilson's free-kick before Alex Wynter powered home a fine header.

Freddie Sears scored from the spot to make it 3-0, after Alan McCormack had fouled Sanchez Watt.

Brentford pulled a goal back when Stuart Dallas lashed in from 20 yards but Sears restored Colchester's three-goal cushion after he thumped into an empty net.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"At times I thought we were magnificent today. Tactically we were great. It would be nice to see some more it, as a manager that's what frustrates you because I know what my team is capable of.

"I think the players deserve a lot of credit today against a top side. They came here and picked their best team."

"That kind of effort and that kind of commitment at this stage of the season was incredible.

"We've got a lot of injuries from it, but somebody once said about leaving everything on the battlefield and we did that today."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson (Wright - 45' )
  • 03 Dickson
  • 15 Bean
  • 16 Wynter
  • 18 Eastman
  • 07 Watt
  • 22 Gilbey Booked (Vose - 79' )
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 11 Sears Booked (Eastmond - 70' )
  • 21 Massey

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 02 Wright
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 09 Morrison
  • 25 Vose
  • 30 Wright
  • 40 Szmodics

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack (O'Connor - 85' )
  • 28 Yennaris (Clarke - 81' )
  • 08 Douglas
  • 26 Tarkowski
  • 05 Craig
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 15 Dallas
  • 29 Trotta (Adams - 59' )
  • 17 Saville Booked
  • 18 Judge

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 11 Grigg
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 22 Reeves
  • 32 Adams
  • 34 Clarke
Ref: Mark Brown
Att: 6,400

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

7 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

18 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 4, Brentford 1.

90:00 +3:48 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 4, Brentford 1.

90:00 +2:44

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +2:00

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

90:00 +1:59

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

90:00 +1:03

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

90:00 +1:03

Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

88:27

Jabo Ibehre went off injured after Colchester United had used all subs.

86:11

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

86:11

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

84:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Kevin O'Connor replaces Alan McCormack.

83:00

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:58

Foul by Charlie Adams (Brentford).

81:42

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:42

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Josh Clarke replaces Nico Yennaris.

78:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Alex Gilbey.

78:15

Hand ball by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

77:11

David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:11

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

76:58

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sam Walker.

76:42

Penalty saved! Alan Judge (Brentford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

75:51 Booking

Booking Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

75:44

Penalty conceded by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

75:44

Penalty Brentford. Alan Judge draws a foul in the penalty area.

74:40

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

74:40

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:06

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

72:06

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

71:39

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

71:39

Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:43

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

69:55 Substitution

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

69:36 Booking

Booking George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

69:35

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:35

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

65:29

Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

64:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 4, Brentford 1. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

62:07

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

62:07

Charlie Adams (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:08 Booking

Booking Freddie Sears (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

61:04

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

61:04

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:00

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:56

Foul by David Wright (Colchester United).

58:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Charlie Adams replaces Marcello Trotta.

54:30

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

53:52

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

53:52

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:47

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

51:47

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:00

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

50:57

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 3, Brentford 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. David Wright replaces Brian Wilson because of an injury.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 3, Brentford 1.

45:00 +0:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 3, Brentford 1. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by George Saville.

43:52

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

43:52

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:23

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

41:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 3, Brentford 0. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

40:41

Penalty Colchester United. Sanchez Watt draws a foul in the penalty area.

40:23

Penalty conceded by Alan McCormack (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.

39:51

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

39:06

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

35:18

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

35:18

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:48

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

34:48

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:34

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

32:34

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 2, Brentford 0. Alex Wynter (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Dickson with a cross.

30:22

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by David Button.

29:22

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

28:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Brentford 0. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brian Wilson.

27:12

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

27:12

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:05

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by David Button.

24:56

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

23:20

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sam Walker.

22:55

Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

22:00

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:58

Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

21:37

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:37

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

19:13

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:13

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

19:00

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

16:33

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

13:13

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:13

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

11:44

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:44

Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

10:25

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:25

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

9:17

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

9:17

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

6:56

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:18

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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