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U's beaten by Bees
Colchester United squandered a lead to lose 3-1 at Brentford this afternoon.
The U’s had been leading through Magnus Okuonghae’s header but Brentford scored three goals in the space of ten minutes to claim the three points at Griffin Park.
There was little for the travelling U’s fans to get excited about in the first half, with Brentford edging proceedings.
Former Southend United player Alan McCormack saw his long-range strike go just wide before Brentford’s Marcello Trotta somehow blasted wide, after Colchester keeper Sam Walker had done to save George Saville’s shot.
Freddie Sears fired just wide for Colchester after being released by Craig Eastmond and Matt Taylor nodded wide from Luke Garbutt’s free-kick into the area.
But Brentford were the better side before the break and Adam Forshaw, whose fine curling shot from 25 yards flew just wide of the far post.
Colchester improved after half-time though and took the lead less than three minutes after the break.
Magnus Okuonghae steered a header past goalkeeper David Button, after Luke Garbutt had picked him out from a corner.
Walker tipped Forshaw’s low free-kick past the post for a corner soon after and then denied Trotta in similar fashion, as the Bees looked for an equaliser.
Ryan Saville headed onto the crossbar from close range before Brentford equalised with 14 minutes to go through Trotta, who finished smartly from Clayton Donaldson’s low pass into the area.
Jabo Ibehre’s fierce shot plucked out of the air by Button but Colchester fell behind in the 80th minute when Saville curled a superb left-foot shot past Walker, after the U’s had lost possession in a key area.
And substitute Kadeem Harris added to Colchester’s misery when he headed in from Donaldson’s cross, with six minutes to go.
For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester’s game at Brentford, see Monday’s Gazette.
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