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Preston North End 4-2 Colchester United

Paul Gallagher
Gallagher's fine long-range strike was his first goal of the season

Preston North End fought back to beat a tenacious Colchester United and move into the League One play-off spots.

Rhys Healey put United ahead from close range, but two goals in four minutes from Scott Wiseman and Alan Browne saw Preston lead midway through the half.

Alex Gilbey equalised with a stunning 25-yard strike, but Paul Gallagher's long-range shot restored Preston's lead two minutes after the break.

Chris Humphrey raced onto Gallagher's defence-splitting pass to make it 4-2.

Joe Garner and substitute Callum Robinson hit the woodwork for the hosts and Jones denied Colchester's Freddie Sears, as Preston maintained their unbeaten record at Deepdale this season.

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Jones
  • 4Wiseman
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 16Buchanan
  • 31Browne
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forRobinsonat 68'minutes
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forReidat 58'minutes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forRyanat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Reid
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 22King
  • 23Huntington
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 27Robinson
  • 33Ryan

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20Clohessy
  • 26KentBooked at 79mins
  • 18EastmanBooked at 43mins
  • 3Gordon
  • 8Gilbey
  • 21Massey
  • 24Moncur
  • 11Sears
  • 19HealeySubstituted forWrightat 65'minutes
  • 7Sanchez Watt

Substitutes

  • 2Wright
  • 6Eastmond
  • 12Lewington
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Wright
  • 27Bonne
  • 32Lapslie
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
8,478

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 4, Colchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 4, Colchester United 2.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jack Ryan replaces Joe Garner.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by George Moncur.

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

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

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

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

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alan Browne.

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

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

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

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Ben Gordon (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Chris Humphrey.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Rhys Healey.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1174022101225
2Swindon1063122111121
3Peterborough116231611520
4MK Dons1061325141119
5Preston105412011919
6Chesterfield105321914518
7Bradford115331511418
8Notts County11452127517
9Rochdale115151912716
10Fleetwood11443108216
11Sheff Utd105141516-116
12Oldham113621413115
13Doncaster104241115-414
14Crawley11425814-614
15Coventry113441214-213
16Walsall112631011-112
17Barnsley103341416-212
18Gillingham113351215-312
19Yeovil113351016-612
20Leyton Orient102441113-210
21Colchester112361417-39
22Port Vale112361118-79
23Scunthorpe112181125-147
24Crewe11119829-214
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