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Colchester United 3-0 Gillingham

Clinton Morrison scored only his third goal in 52 appearances for Colchester to help them beat Gillingham.

Sanchez Watt opened the scoring - his first goal since October 2012 - when he converted a Brian Wilson cross.

Morrison doubled the lead with a low strike before Freddie Sears added an injury-time third.

Cody McDonald and Danny Kedwell had the best efforts for the Gills, with a 20-yard shot and header respectively, but both were too high.

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post match: Colchester boss Dunne

"I think it's probably one of the best performances in my short managerial career. That's how we want to play.

"We were excellent from start to finish. A complete performance. Great credit to the players.

"All over the pitch, we had tight passing triangles, we moved the ball technically very well on what is a very difficult pitch to play on.

"Let's not carried away, it's one win, we are on a good run. We move on."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

"I think we had chances to score and so did they. If we'd broken away with a bit more quality in the first half, I think there was a goal there.

"We're extremely unhappy with Colchester's first goal as we believe that was offside - the goal changed the game.

"I think that we were lethargic. We were not right and that's not acceptable.

"I think our heads dropped and we didn't play anywhere near where we have recently."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B Wilson
  • 27Garbutt
  • 6Eastmond
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 15BeanBooked at 20mins
  • 2Wright
  • 9MorrisonSubstituted forBonneat 88'minutes
  • 7WattSubstituted forSearsat 89'minutes
  • 25VoseSubstituted forOlufemiat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 11Sears
  • 12Sanderson
  • 23Olufemi
  • 26Spence
  • 41Bonne
  • 42Kent

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 23Harriman
  • 3J MartinBooked at 62mins
  • 12Gregory
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 27FaganSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 64'minutes
  • 31HessenthalerSubstituted forWestonat 74'minutes
  • 9Kedwell
  • 10McDonald
  • 15DackSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 5Davies
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 11Weston
  • 19Smith
  • 21Howard
  • 24Marriott
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
3,819

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home14
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home3
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 3, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 3, Gillingham 0.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Gillingham 0. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Sears replaces Sanchez Watt.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Clinton Morrison.

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

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Gillingham 0. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sanchez Watt.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tosin Olufemi replaces Dominic Vose.

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

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Connor Smith (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jake Hessenthaler.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Craig Fagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Connor Smith replaces Bradley Dack.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Joe Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

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

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

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

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

Attempt missed. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford25174444232155
2Leyton Orient25166354233154
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2513843526947
5Rotherham2511864234841
6Peterborough25123103732539
7Walsall2510872823538
8Swindon24114942321037
9Port Vale25113113639-336
10MK Dons2410593934535
11Coventry24126652421032
12Bradford2571173630632
13Colchester2571083132-131
14Crawley237882530-529
15Gillingham2685133345-1229
16Oldham2476112732-527
17Carlisle2576122643-1727
18Shrewsbury2668122632-626
19Sheff Utd2567122433-925
20Tranmere2567122945-1625
21Notts County2673163239-724
22Crewe2566132451-2724
23Bristol City2441193437-323
24Stevenage2454152243-2119
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