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Cambridge United 2-1 Colchester United

Managerless Cambridge United came from behind to record a stunning late win against Colchester, who had been unbeaten in the league since October.

Luke Norris looked to have set the visitors on course for the points in the 67th minute when Cohen Bramall's corner was inadvertently helped on to him by Leon Davies and Norris guided a header into the top corner.

Cambridge equalised five minutes from time when George Maris played a superb pass forward to substitute Andrew Dallas, who fired across Dean Gerken and into the far corner.

Fellow sub Harvey Knibbs then completed a remarkable comeback a minute later to earn Cambridge their first win of 2020, guiding Davies' cross beyond Gerken with a header into the corner.

Chances had been scarce before the second-half drama, with Cambridge performing well under the guidance of interim boss Mark Bonner following Colin Calderwood's sacking on Wednesday.

The biggest chance had come five minutes before the break as Luke Prosser's stumble let Victor Adeboyejo in and his pull-back was just behind Idris El Mizouni, who could only direct his shot off-target.

Colchester slip a place to sixth in the table after their 16-match unbeaten run in League Two came to an end, while Cambridge climb two places to 16th.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 25Burton
  • 2KnoyleSubstituted forDallasat 82'minutes
  • 5Taylor
  • 16DarlingBooked at 90mins
  • 11Dunk
  • 17Davies
  • 22Lewis
  • 8O'NeilBooked at 89mins
  • 10Maris
  • 34El MizouniSubstituted forKnibbsat 69'minutes
  • 18AdeboyejoSubstituted forTaftat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mitov
  • 3Jones
  • 4Taft
  • 9Dallas
  • 19Lambe
  • 24Norville-Williams
  • 26Knibbs

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Jackson
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 3Bramall
  • 8Pell
  • 14Comley
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forGambinat 65'minutes
  • 49PokuSubstituted forHarriottat 53'minutes
  • 45NoubleBooked at 90mins
  • 9NorrisSubstituted forRobinsonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 13Robinson
  • 15Harriott
  • 21Clampin
  • 24Stevenson
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
5,015

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Colchester United 1.

Booking

Harry Darling (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Frank Nouble (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Harry Darling.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. George Taft replaces Victor Adeboyejo.

Booking

Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United).

Luke Gambin (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Maris (Cambridge United).

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Victor Adeboyejo (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Lewis.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Colchester United 1. Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Davies with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 1, Colchester United 1. Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Maris.

Harry Darling (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Leon Davies (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Andrew Dallas replaces Kyle Knoyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Theo Robinson replaces Luke Norris.

Foul by Victor Adeboyejo (Cambridge United).

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).

George Maris (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Harvey Knibbs replaces Idris El Mizouni.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 0, Colchester United 1. Luke Norris (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Gambin replaces Courtney Senior.

Attempt missed. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Darling following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Harry Darling (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Taylor.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

Idris El Mizouni (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon31185855352059
2Crewe30167755361955
3Plymouth29166748301854
4Exeter3015964032854
5Northampton30157845311452
6Colchester311213642281449
7Cheltenham291212544242048
8Bradford31121183631547
9Forest Green31129103733445
10Port Vale31111283938145
11Salford311010114141040
12Newport2810992725239
13Crawley31912104444039
14Oldham31812113444-1036
15Walsall31106153043-1336
16Cambridge3198143343-1035
17Grimsby29810113236-434
18Leyton Orient31810133948-934
19Scunthorpe3189144048-833
20Carlisle3089133248-1633
21Mansfield31710144350-731
22Macclesfield30713102833-528
23Morecambe3168172853-2526
24Stevenage31313152139-1822
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