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Colchester United 4-1 Brentford

Freddie Sears

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:

Joe Dunne

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"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."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 3Dickson
  • 15Bean
  • 16Wynter
  • 18Eastman
  • 7Watt
  • 22GilbeyBooked at 76minsSubstituted forVoseat 79'minutes
  • 17Ibehre
  • 11SearsBooked at 62minsSubstituted forEastmondat 70'minutes
  • 21Massey

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 2Wright
  • 6Eastmond
  • 9Morrison
  • 25Vose
  • 30Wright
  • 40Szmodics

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackSubstituted forO'Connorat 85'minutes
  • 28YennarisSubstituted forClarkeat 81'minutes
  • 8Douglas
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 5Craig
  • 9Donaldson
  • 15Dallas
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forAdamsat 59'minutes
  • 17SavilleBooked at 70mins
  • 18Judge

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 11Grigg
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 22Reeves
  • 32Adams
  • 34Clarke
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
6,400

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 4, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 4, Brentford 1.

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

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

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

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

Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

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

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

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Charlie Adams (Brentford).

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

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Clarke replaces Nico Yennaris.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Alex Gilbey.

Hand ball by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sam Walker.

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

Booking

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

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

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

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

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

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

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Freddie Sears.

Booking

George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

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

Goal!

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

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves453010555100
2Brentford45271082791
3Preston45231662785
4Leyton Orient452411103883
5Rotherham45231482783
6Peterborough45234181473
7Swindon4519917566
8Sheff Utd44171215163
9MK Dons4517919060
10Port Vale4518621-1460
11Walsall45141615158
12Bristol City45131814357
13Bradford45131715256
14Crawley44141317-655
15Oldham44141218-954
16Gillingham4515723-1952
17Coventry45161316-251
18Colchester45121419-950
19Notts County4515426-1349
20Crewe45121221-2748
21Tranmere45121122-2647
22Carlisle44111122-3044
23Stevenage4511925-2442
24Shrewsbury4591422-2141
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