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Preston North End 1-1 Colchester

Preston stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games, but could not hold on for a win against Colchester United.

North End dominated the first half and took the lead when Joe Garner headed in a Paul Gallagher cross.

The U's improved after the break, with Luke Garbutt, on loan from Everton, hitting a low drive to equalise - his first goal for Colchester.

It followed a chance for teammate Marcus Bean, who headed just over.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"An exceptionally brave point. We spoke at half-time, whether we wanted to go and get hammered, or whether, in the circumstances, we wanted to nick a point.

"We dug in, we dug deep. We had to make changes. I thought in the second half we had a right go. They missed a lot of good chances. That's football.

"I'm pretty sure Simon [Grayson] will be disappointed because if they'd taken their chances, in all honesty, it could have been a heavy defeat."

"I have to pay credit to my players. We stuck at it, we needed to stay in the game. We stayed in it, got the goal, and there were one of two moments on the counter attack where we might have even nicked all three points."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Rudd
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forKeaneat 81'minutes
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 3Laird
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forHumphreyat 70'minutes
  • 37Kilkenny
  • 19WelshSubstituted forBrownhillat 79'minutes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14Garner
  • 9Davies

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 2Keane
  • 7Humphrey
  • 16Buchanan
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 27Hume
  • 30Brownhill

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 44Walker
  • 20Wilson
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 39Bolger
  • 3DicksonSubstituted forVoseat 69'minutes
  • 15Bean
  • 22Gilbey
  • 21MasseySubstituted forOlufemiat 51'minutes
  • 9Morrison
  • 27Garbutt
  • 11SearsSubstituted forIbehreat 28'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 2Wright
  • 14Bond
  • 17Ibehre
  • 18Eastman
  • 23Olufemi
  • 25Vose
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
8,492

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home26
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Colchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Colchester United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack King.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Keith Keane replaces Tom Clarke because of an injury.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces John Welsh.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 1, Colchester United 1. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominic Vose.

  17. Post update

    Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient17132239142541
2Wolves17124130102040
3Peterborough17102525151032
4Brentford179442517831
5Preston178722517831
6Bradford1776430191127
7Swindon178273224826
8Walsall177551915426
9Port Vale178272626026
10Rotherham176742422225
11MK Dons166462623322
12Coventry179443830821
13Crawley175661923-421
14Shrewsbury174761719-219
15Oldham165382023-318
16Gillingham175392026-618
17Colchester173951723-618
18Carlisle174671628-1218
19Tranmere174582131-1017
20Stevenage1752101626-1017
21Sheff Utd1743101525-1015
22Bristol City172872429-514
23Crewe1734101338-2513
24Notts County1731131731-1410
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