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Colchester United 3-0 Plymouth Argyle

Colchester roared back to winning ways with a stunning 3-0 victory against Sky Bet League Two promotion rivals Plymouth.

The Essex side had seen their proud 16-match unbeaten run unceremoniously halted at Cambridge last Saturday.

However, they responded in fine style with three goals in a dynamic, free-flowing first-half performance.

Ben Stevenson and Theo Robinson, with a brace, did the damage and they also hit the woodwork through Brandon Comley and Callum Harriott.

Stevenson swept them into an early lead after a neat cut-back from Harriott.

Robinson doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark, gleefully nodding home from close range after a cross by Frank Nouble.

Six minutes later, it was 3-0. Harry Pell nicked the ball off a defender and Robinson found himself in on goal before confidently slotting past goalkeeper Alex Palmer.

Colchester nearly added to their lead during a breathless first half against opposition that had won five of their previous six games and started the day in the automatic promotion places.

Comley saw a rising, driven shot clip the top of the Pilgrims' bar, while Harriott worked space for himself on the right but watched his low shot pushed onto the right-hand post by Palmer.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Jackson
  • 18EastmanBooked at 61mins
  • 5Prosser
  • 3Bramall
  • 8PellSubstituted forGambinat 79'minutes
  • 14Comley
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forSeniorat 82'minutes
  • 24Stevenson
  • 45Nouble
  • 13RobinsonSubstituted forNorrisat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 7Senior
  • 9Norris
  • 21Clampin
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross
  • 49Poku

Plymouth

  • 24Palmer
  • 5Wootton
  • 6Canavan
  • 25Grant
  • 14Bakinson
  • 17Moore
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 10Mayor
  • 32CooperBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 45'minutes
  • 18HardieSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 31JephcottSubstituted forGrantat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 8Edwards
  • 9Taylor
  • 15Grant
  • 16Grant
  • 20Randell
  • 21McFadzean
Referee:
James Oldham
Attendance:
4,768

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Foul by Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle).

Cohen Bramall (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyreeq Bakinson.

Attempt saved. Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle).

Brandon Comley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Luke Norris.

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Foul by Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle).

Courtney Senior (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Norris replaces Theo Robinson.

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Byron Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Courtney Senior replaces Callum Harriott.

Offside, Colchester United. Frank Nouble tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Gambin replaces Harry Pell because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Antoni Sarcevic following a corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ben Stevenson.

Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Byron Moore.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Josh Grant.

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Colchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Joel Grant replaces Luke Jephcott.

Foul by Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle).

Ben Stevenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Cohen Bramall.

Booking

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Byron Moore with a cross.

Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Harriott.

Offside, Colchester United. Ben Stevenson tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon32186856362060
2Crewe31177757372058
3Exeter3116964233957
4Plymouth30166848331554
5Colchester321313645281752
6Northampton31157945321352
7Cheltenham301212644251948
8Bradford32121283732548
9Port Vale32121284038248
10Forest Green32129113835345
11Salford321011114141041
12Crawley32913104444040
13Newport29109102726139
14Walsall32116153244-1239
15Cambridge32108143443-938
16Scunthorpe3299144148-736
17Oldham32812123546-1136
18Grimsby30811113337-435
19Leyton Orient32811134049-935
20Carlisle31810133349-1634
21Mansfield32711144451-732
22Macclesfield31714102934-529
23Morecambe3269172954-2527
24Stevenage32313162241-1922
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